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Short on Space? These Fruits Will Fit

MANCHESTER, Conn. - Lee Reich, author of Landscaping with Fruit, shared his suggestions for "luscious landscaping" Saturday during the Connecticut Master Gardener Association's Symposium.

Reich prefers to use the term "luscious landscaping" instead of "edible landscaping," but his main focus was fruit for small spaces. The author outlined several recommended plants for gardeners who are short on growing space.

"The ideal plant is small, ornamental and pest free, or at least low maintenance," he said.

Apple, nectarine, apricot and plum trees attract many pests, Reich said. "You don't really want to plant something that you have to spray."

Reich recommended the following plants during his lecture:

  • Strawberry
  • Raspberry, specifically "Fallgold" or "Polana"
  • Blackberry, specifically "Chester"
  • Lowbush blueberry
  • Lingonberry
  • Highbush Blueberry
  • Juneberry
  • Redcurrant
  • Gooseberry
  • Blackcurrant
  • Clove Currant
  • Hardy Kiwifruit
  • Tart Cherry
  • Quince
  • Medlar
  • Nashi

"Plant something you would like to eat," he said. "There are a lot of fruit plants that are ornamental." 


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