Plant the best berries and fruit trees for your Northwest climate, and create a beautiful sitting area at the same time.
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. Rainier sweet cherry (Prunus 'Rainier') (1)
B. Brown Turkey fig (Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey') (1)
C. Key lime (Citrus aurantiifolia) (1), in container
D. Wonderful pomegranate (Punica granatum 'Wonderful') (1), on small trellis
E. Bluecrop and Berkeley highbush blueberry (Vaccinium darrowi 'Blue Crop' and 'Berkeley), (two each of cultivars for pollination), plant in acidic soil 3-1/2 feet apart
F. Flame red seedless grape (Vitis 'Flame') (2) on arbor
G. Concord grape (Vitis 'Concord') (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. Confetti variegated abelia (Abelia grandiflora 'Confetti') (6), plant 3-1/2 feet apart
J. Wholong Ghost variegated wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei 'Wolong Ghost') (22), plant two feet apart
K. Blackbird euphorbia (Euphorbia 'Blackbird') (9), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations