Ample planters turn this contemporary backyard into a lush green space, with fruit trees overhanging the cozy pergola and fire pit. The yard features separates areas for lounging, dining and gardening.
Spanish tile gives an earthy elegance to this backyard retreat. The fireplace is centered inside the pergola, creating a conversation area. Potted fruit trees are the perfect accent around the courtyard perimeter.
Purple-skinned 'Texas Blue Giant' thrives in hot climates, as you might guess from its name. The amber flesh is delicious for eating fresh or drying. Hardy in zones 7 to 10, the self-fruiting trees grow 8 to 10 feet in height.
This 1,672-square-foot Santa Barbara, California home features stunning tropical landscaping, including fruit trees, palm trees and towering bamboo plants. The ranch-style home boasts mahogany wood accents throughout and easily incorporates indoor-outdoor living with open air kitchen, dining and living spaces.
The vast terrace of this penthouse apartment in New York City has been planted with mature fruit trees and an herb garden, and it houses an open air dining room. It's easy to see why it's a favorite pilgrimage for hummingbirds.
The expansive grounds of this gorgeous contemporary home include botanical gardens with some 60 plus varieties of palms, native plants and fruit trees; a secluded pool and pavilion; and breathtaking views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Little Sarasota Bay.
This modern outdoor kitchen features several built-in components, including a stainless steel barbecue and a sink. Built-in seating allows guests to lounge nearby while food is prepared, and neat lines of fruit trees give the effect of a sleek, modern orchard.
Built-in benches surround three sides of a custom fire pit in this entertainment-ready backyard. A pergola offers shade, as do towering fruit trees behind the fence. Cushions and pillows feature an earthy palette that mixes nicely with the architecture.
The glass fence creates soft screening between the front yard, pool, house and the public sidewalk. It also provides shelter from the salt-laden wind for the veggie beds and a couple of small fruit trees. Salvaged grape stake fencing keeps dogs out of the veggie beds, without discouraging a neighborly chat or exchange of produce.
Many trees, especially fruit trees, produces water sprouts. These stems grow from the root system and typically don’t produce fruit, which is why they’re also called suckers. Sucker stems can grow large—even to branch size. To remove suckers, you need to dig down to find the starting point and cut it there. Clip suckers at ground level, and the next year two (or more!) will sprout where one grew.
The common pear (Pyrus communis) flowers at the height of spring, opening bright white blooms that pollinators can’t resist. A tree in full bloom literally buzzes with busy insects. Pear trees are tall, growing 25 to 30 feet and up to 20 feet wide. Pears do best in full sun and tolerate heavy clay, one of the few fruit trees that do. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
From late winter through early spring, ‘Beauty’ Japanese plum brightens the landscape with delicate white flowers. The white blossoms fade to form tasty red plums in midsummer, earlier than other plums. This small edible fruit tree grows 12 to 15 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. Plums make a nice addition to the home garden. 'Beauty' plum needs another plum for cross-pollination; ‘Shiro’ makes a good choice. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
Plant ‘Compass’ fruits to make into jams and jellies. The small, juicy fruits are a cross between cherries and plums. Hardy in zones 3 to 8, the trees bear in the second year after planting and mature at 3 to 8 feet high.