I’m not much of a landscaper, as I’m much more interested in productivity than beauty. However, this guide has been the perfect introduction to the major pros and cons of the fruits we could grow in our garden. This guidebook highlights the seasons of beauty of each plant. However, it’s value lies in its excellent plant summaries. Each entry begins with a general description of the plant, as well as a rating based on how much work the plant is, how attractive it is, as well as quantity and quality of the fruit itself. Each fruit’s entry is 2-3 pages long, with sections dedicated to how best to grow the plant, how to harvest and store the fruit, what parts of the plant are most attractive in each season, and the best cultivars to grow.
Landscaping with Fruit sits next to my bed and is my constant reference companion. How should I prune my kiwis when I hit the garden tomorrow morning? Check the book. Will the Nanking cherry bush grow in my climate? What’s the book say? I can’t remember why I ordered those lingonberries. I’d best go read up on them. While common fruits like apples and grapes get their fair share of pages, it was through Landscaping with Fruit that I latched onto great alternatives, like cornelian cherries, northern hardy kiwis, and seaberry. I give this one my strongest recommendation.