Southwest Fruit Garden Plan

Plant the best berries and fruit trees for hot, dry areas, and create a beautiful destination sitting area for your yard.
Southwest Fruit Garden

Southwest Fruit Garden

Photo by: Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

These fruit trees and berries should work well in a Southwest fruit garden. Follow these handy guide to find out about planting and design.

Plant List 

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 

Southwest Fruit Garden Overview

Southwest Fruit Garden Overview

Photo by: Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis/Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Key 

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

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