Colorful Fruit for Every Season

Landscape Design Can Include Colorful Fruit for Every Season
One of my favorite ways to add seasonal color to a landscape is to incorporate fruit bearing plants. This is also a great way to invite wildlife, such as birds. One consideration is proper placement of fruiting trees. You want to avoid planting near walkways, patios, or parking areas to prevent messy litter. Read on to see which plants I suggest for the seasons.

Ilex verticillata ‘Sparkleberry’ Keeps Birds Fed in the Winter
Ilex verticillata ‘Sparkleberry’

Winter gardens are a fun way to add color at an unusual time. I consider plants like Ilex verticillata (Winterberry Holly) or Nandina domestica (Heavenly Bamboo) to provide vibrant red fruit in the winter months. These plants are highlighted when it snows and will attract a variety of birds. Nandina fruit persists into spring as well.

Amelanchier (Serviceberry Tree) is an Edible and Ornamental
Amelanchier (Serviceberry Tree)

Summer is the time of year to enjoy edible fruits. I use Vaccinium (Blueberry Bush) and Amelanchier (Serviceberry tree) because they both provide spring flowers, summer edible fruit, and have intense fall color.

Viburnum davidii Adds Color with Fruit and Stems
Viburnum davidii
Beautyberries (Callicarpa sp.) are one way to add purple clusters of fruit to a fall landscape. This plant can look scraggly and works better aesthetically in certain spaces like along a woodland edge. I prefer to use both deciduous and evergreen viburnums for autumn fruit in my designs. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and growth habits.

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