Using Fruit-Bearing Trees and Shrubs in Formal Landscapes for Added Fall Color

| 11/4/2016 9:27:00 AM


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I work with gardeners of all skill levels on a regular basis. From beginners to experts, there are never a shortage of ideas about different ways to use plants in combination to create a beautiful outdoor display. Typically, the discussion revolves around various unknown or obscure cultivars of landscaping favorites such as coral bells, lilies or succulents. But it is very rarely that I hear about people incorporating fruit producing plants into their designs.

Usually, the fruit trees and bushes are kept separate from the ornamentals, confined to their own space, locked away in an orchard. What people fail to realize is that many of the great fruit producing shrubs and trees also make excellent aesthetic choices when putting together decorative flower beds. Through the change of seasons, these trees offer interest in a variety of ways.

There is often an explosion of blossoms in the spring, a bounty of bright and shiny fruit in summertime, and a profusion of lush foliar color as the days shorten and autumn brings with it cold nights and foggy mornings. When pruned, fruit producers offer interesting architecture and can be shaped to fit into even tight spaces such as deck planters.

Fruit Trees for Fall Foliage

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