All Fruits & Edible Plants

As attractive as they are productive

You may think that if you don’t have room for a vegetable garden, you can’t grow fruits and edible plants, but that simply isn’t true. Fruits and edible plants are attractive enough to fit beautifully into just about any landscape or ornamental garden. Many bloom in pretty, fragrant flowers, followed by colorful fruits or berries; and they have handsome foliage that typically takes on fall color. And mushrooms, like lion’s mane, reishi, and golden, brown, and blue oysters, have incredibly beautiful forms and colors.

Fruit and edible plants, bushes, and trees add interest at every level of the garden, from low-growing mushrooms to high-branched fruit trees, and everything in between. Berry bushes range in size from 6 inches tall to 12 feet tall, with a similar width. Some fruits grow as lush, vigorous vines that can be trained to gracefully drape over an arbor or trellis. And fruit trees are famous for creating lovely espalier displays that offer vertical interest without taking up much space, and which also help fruit ripen, especially in cool climates. Although dwarf trees are available, most fruit trees can be pruned to a desired size. These trees can be grown in containers and moved indoors over winter in cold climates.

And there’s something for just about every season. Did you know mushrooms can be grown indoors? Growing several varieties will keep you in mushrooms most of the year. Although berries tend to ripen in summer sun, many fruit trees produce well into fall, and nearly year-round in warm climates or indoors.

So you see, there really is no reason to forego enjoying abundant crops of delicious and nutritious lemons, limes, oranges, blueberries, raspberries, lingonberries, olives, persimmons, pomegranates, avocadoes, figs, and more . . . right from your own garden.