So I ended up purchasing from Raintree…Patriot, Northblue and Aurora just to spread the season out. The Northblue will live in a pot, and the other two will live in buried pots. However, if another variety catches my eye at the local nursery I may add another to the mix.
I liked the idea of growing the bushes in raised beds, but I just received my soil test results and the native soil has a pH of 7.2 and 1-2%free lime. I think pots are the safest bet to control the soil conditions.
One other question…do I need to worry about heavy snow breaking branches in the winter? I would assume if the bushes were wrapped with anything during a heavy storm, then the snow may cause some damage.