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Growing Fruit Plants in Your Landscape

Improve the flavor of your meals and reduce our national energy use by growing your own fruit.

Food travels an average of 1,800 miles from where it is grown to when it arrives to your refrigerator.  Reduce the distance by growing some of your own fruit.

Look for creative ways to include these plants in your landscape. Substitute raspberries, currants and elderberries for a traditional hedge. Enjoy the flowers, fruit and shade of apples, pears and other fruit trees.  Save space, dress up fences and walls or add a bit of screening with espalier fruit trees. These plants are pruned and trained to create an attractive space-saving display.

Grow grapes, kiwi and other vines on decorative arbors and trellises.   Use these as a decorative and edible entryway to the garden, screening or shade.  Just be aware that squirrels and birds may join you during harvest season.

A bit more information: No room?  No problem. Grow some of the newer more compact varieties in containers.  Raspberry Shortcake, Jelly Bean blueberries and Urban apples are just a few of the compact fruits suited to small space gardens and containers. 

Upcoming Appearances


Jan. 26, 2022
Gardening for Wildlife
(webinar)

Jan. 29, 2022
WCBA's Home Building &
Remodeling Expo

West Bend, WI
(in-person event)

Feb. 2, 2022
Small Space Gardening
(webinar)

Feb. 11-13, 2022
PBS Wisconsin
Garden & Landscape EXPO

Madison, WI
(in-person event)

Feb. 18-20, 2022
NARI Milwaukee
Spring Home Improvement Show

Milwaukee, WI
(in-person event)

Feb. 23, 2022
Dahlias - Proven Performers!
(webinar)

March 1, 2022
Michigan Green Industry Assn.
Annual Tradeshow & Convention

Novi, MI
(in-person event)

March 5-6, 2022
​​​​​​​Maryland Home & Garden Show
Lutherville-Timonium, MD
(in-person event)

​​​​​​​March 26-27, 2022
​​​​​​​REALTORS Home & Garden Show
West Allis, WI
(in-person event)

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