A Simple Design for a Northeast Fruit Garden

Note: All plans can be tailored to your region's plants and climate.
Adjust the plant list to reflect plants in your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone.

*I live and garden in Zone 5, so plans and plants reflect that. It's easy to swap out.

Northeast Fruit Garden



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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Plant List
 - Northeast region

A. Apple (Malus domestica 'Liberty') (1), USDA 5-8; or 'Honeycrisp' 

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 

D. Seckle pear (Pyrus 'Seckle'), on small trellis (1) 

E. Bluecrop and Berkeley highbush blueberry (Vaccinium darrowi 'Blue Crop' and 'Berkeley', two each of two cultivars for cross-pollination, plant 3-1/2 feet apart in acidic soil 

F. Hardy kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta, female, and A. arguta, male) one of each for pollination, on arbor 

G. Beta or Valiant grape (Vitis 'Beta' or 'Valiant') on large trellis. In southern areas of this region: Niagara grape (Vitis labrusca 'Niagara') (2). 

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. Red Sprite winterberry (Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite') (7) plant four feet apart, ornamental plant for winter interest and birds, not for human consumption 

J. Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens) (15), plant 2-1/2 feet apart 

K. Hot Lips turtlehead (Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips') (6), plant 2-1/2 feet apart

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations


Small Space and Urban Edible Landscapes

Fruit Trees That Grow Well in Pots

Remember to check the USDA hardiness zones when choosing varieties of plants

Apple – Pretty white and pink blossoms in the spring are slightly fragrant. Harvest, late summer and autumn.

Banana – There is a wide selection of banana varieties available to backyard growers. Choose small banana plants for container growing.

Cherry – Frequently planted for their gorgeous blossoms. Harvest, early summer

Citrus – Evergreen tree for frost-free climates, citrus trees like orange, tangerine, and lemon are pretty year-round .Harvest, winter.

Fig –  Many fig varieties offer two harvests per year. Figs are easy to grow in pots 

Mulberry – Large fruit resembles blackberriesIt can also act as a lure to draw birds and squirrels away from other ripening fruit.

Nectarine – Dark, slender green leavesy. Harvest, late summer. 

Olive – An evergreen tree with fine leaves. Olives need to be processed before they are edible.

Pear –Delicate spring blossoms, the tree offers beautiful fall color. Harvest, late summer.

Persimmon – A beautiful tree with spreading branches, persimmons are most noticeable in the fall when the leaves drop and bright orange fruit remains. Harvest, autumn.

Pineapple guava – A small tree or upright shrub, this evergreen produces bluish green fruit. Harvest, summer.

Plum – Flowering plum trees are used frequently the landscape, Beautiful in Asian theme gardens. Harvest, late spring and summer.


Colorful Northeast Flower Garden

Garden Example

Garden Plan

Plant List

A. Early lilac (Syringa oblata) (1)
B. Trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens), vine on each side of arbor (2)
C. Cathedral bells (Cobaea scandens), on tuteur (1)
D. Annuals, selected by gardener, in 3 containers - ***I would use only perennials
E. Anthony Waterer spirea (Spiraea x bumalda 'Anthony Waterer' (2), plant four feet apart
F. Compact Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesi 'Compacta') (2), plant 4 feet apart
G. Slender deutzia (Deutzia gracilis) (2), plant 3 feet apart
H. Wintercreeper euonymus (Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus') (5), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
I. Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens) (13), plant 2 feet apart
J. Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens) (5) plant 2 feet apart
K. Anise hyssop (Agastache 'Tutti-Frutti') (9), annual in Zone 5, plant 1-1/2 feet apart
L. Variegated Jacob's ladder (Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven') (17), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
M. Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata 'David's Lavender') (4), plant 1-1/2 feet apart
N. Blanket flower (Gaillardia 'Burgunder') (5), plant 2 feet apart
O. Coneflower (Echinacea 'Sunrise') (5) plant 2 feet apart
P. Hameln fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln') (8), plant 2 feet apart
Q. Evening primrose (Oenothera 'Lemon Drop'), (23), plant 1 foot apart
R. Hot Lips turtlehead (Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips') (4), plant 2-1/2 feet apart


1. Arbor: 4' wide x 2' to 3' deep
2. Tuteur: 2' wide x 6 to 7' high
3. Container: 18 to 22" wide
4. Stepping stones with mulch paths
5. Bench: 4' wide



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