Plant the best berries and fruit trees for hot, dry areas, and create a beautiful destination sitting area for your yard.
Imagine having a cornucopia of fruits right outside your back door, plus a beautiful seating area where you can enjoy the color, fragrance and lusciousness! With this garden of edibles you'll have numerous varieties available within easy reach. Large and small trees provide shade and some enclosure. Perennials offer a splash of color.
The 10' x 12' patio provides a place to relax and a spot for a strawberry jar. A large container with a citrus tree for the warm season is placed just off the patio as an accent. Replace the container with a shrub for seasonal color or decorate with evergreen boughs if you can't overwinter the citrus outside.
From the patio a path of stepping stones leads through an arbor bearing a fruiting vine. A pathway on the other side of the arbor allows easy access to the fruiting shrubs. The 4-foot-high trellis supporting an espaliered dwarf fruit tree and 5- to 6-foot-high trellis with a fruiting vine help provide privacy for the patio. For additional plant suggestions, consult your local extension service or nursery.
This sunny garden conveniently locates the plants for optimum convenience of care and harvest. Feel free to personalize the garden with your choice of fruits and vegetables: The container by the patio is perfect for a robust tomato plant! This layout would also work well if sited adjacent to the back of the house; just square the front corners. If you decide to screen the patio, tuck the strawberry jar into the groundcover bed so it gets plenty of sun.
A. Bartlett pear (Pyrus 'Bartlett') (1)
B. Adams elderberry (Sambucus canadensis 'Adams') (1)
C. Key lime (Citrus aurantiifolia) (1), in 24 to 30"-wide container, hardy to USDA Zone 8b, must be overwintered indoors in cooler areas
D. Wonderful pomegranate (Punica granatum 'Wonderful') (1) on small trellis
E. Hansen's bush cherry (Prunus besseyi) (3), plant four feet apart
F. Niagara grape (Vitis labrusca 'Niagara') (2), on arbor
G. Thompson Seedless grape (Vitis vinifera 'Thompson Seedless') (2), on large trellis
H. Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa), as needed to fill openings in jar; for first-year crop, select day-neutral; for second-year crop, select June-bearers
I. Desert honeysuckle (Anisacanthus thurberii) (7), plant four feet apart
J. Blue fescue (Festuca ovina glauca) (39), plant 18 inches apart
K. Shasta Sulfur buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum 'Shasta Sulfur') (6), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
1. Patio: 8' diameter, brick, concrete pavers or stone
2. Arbor: 4' wide x 2' to 3' deep
3. Large trellis: 5' wide x 5 to 6' tall
4. Small trellis: 3' wide x 4' tall
5. Container: 2' to 2-1/2' wide
6. Strawberry jar: with multiple openings
7. Stepping stones
Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations