Baby Cakes Blackberry

A Patio Fruit Garden is a Sweet and Pretty Summer Treat!

If you think of garden-grown fruit as the tasty treats that come from less-than-sweet-looking thorny vines or gnarled trees, then you are in for a surprise! There have been some exciting new fruit plants developed that match aesthetics with function, which means you can get luscious fruit from a plant that’s as gorgeous as it is useful. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and even fruit trees can sweeten up a small space. With these pretty plants and stylish containers, you can have a patio fruit garden that’s not only yummy, but decorative too.

Patio Fruit -Sweet Edibles You Can Grow as a Container Garden

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Monrovia who also provided me with the fruit plants for the patio garden. All opinions in this post are my own. Be sure to check out the shop.monriovia.com giveaway at the end of this post as well!

Plan Your Patio Fruit Garden

Patio fruit garden

Before you pick your fruit, pick the space to grow it in. Fruit plants produce best in full sun, so choose a location that gets bright light for at least six to eight hours per day. These plants are so pretty, you will want them to be center stage.

As patio fruits are large perennial plants, shrubs, and trees, select containers for the long term. The containers I used for this project were provided by Crescent Garden. They are made of weatherproof plastic and have double-wall construction to insulate the soil from extreme cold or heat. They have a 10-year guarantee, so they are perfect for perennial fruit plants that will last throughout many growing seasons.

Crescent Garden patio pots for a patio fruit garden

When choosing large containers for perennial fruit, be sure they have ample drainage holes, especially if you live in a rainy climate. Before planting, lay a piece of landscape fabric over the drainage holes to prevent soil from coming through and staining the patio / clogging the hole. If you are setting the containers in a garden directly on the soil, raise up the containers on bricks to ensure the drainage hole is free flowing.

Line pots with landscape fabric

Plants for a Patio Fruit Garden

It is wonderful to have edible plants that do double duty in the garden, especially when you have a small space. For this project, I chose each variety of fruit plants for both prolific fruit and attractive plants. All of the plants in this garden are self-pollinating, meaning they don’t need a partner to produce fruit. Even so, you may want more than one of each once you taste the fruit!

Patio Fruit You Can Grow in Containers

  1. Raspberry Shortcake® Raspberry shown in a 20″ Madison pot in slate
  2. Baby Cakes™ Blackberry shown in a 20″ Madison pot in slate
  3. Pink Icing™ Blueberry shown in two 16″ Madison pots in slate
  4. Seascape Strawberry shown in a 16″ Juno pot in slate
  5. Corky’s Honey Delight® Fig shown in a 26″ Madison pot in slate

Patio Raspberries

patio raspberries

Variety: Raspberry Shortcake® Raspberry

Why it’s awesome: This compact and tidy shrub raspberry revolutionizes raspberry growing for the home garden. No longer will you have to put up with unwieldy brambles of thorns taking over your garden just so you can harvest buckets of raspberries in the summer. Raspberry Shortcake needs no staking and grows well in a container. Even more, it produces a ton of berries! I have two plants in their second year and I can’t keep up with all the berries, even with a fruit-loving four-year-old in the garden.

Zone: 4-9

Container size: Large (24-36”)

Special needs: Raspberry Shortcake can overwinter right in the garden, especially with a large double-walled container. In very cold climates, you can move the container undercover or to an unheated garage, keeping the soil just slightly moist.

Pruning and maintenance: Fruit will grow on second-year wood, so be sure to let the new shoots grow undisturbed in the first and second year. In early spring, prune all of the dead canes right back to the soil, and leave anything else that has new growth on it. You can shape the old canes by trimming the tops of them to form a rounded shrub.

 

Patio Blackberries

Baby Cakes Blackberry

Variety: Baby Cakes™ Blackberry

Why it’s awesome: This three-to four-foot tall set of vines produces not one, but TWO sets of large fruit in the season. Oh, and there are no thorns so you will save your arms from those itchy scratches while snacking on the sweet, sweet berries.

Zone: 4-8

Container size: Large (24-36”)

Special needs: Baby Cakes needs some staking to keep the branches from flopping over. Build a bamboo support with three poles tied together at the top, use a decorative obelisk, or tie the branches to a trellis. An upside down tomato cage also works well!

Pruning and maintenance: Fruit will grow on second-year wood, so be sure to let the new shoots grow undisturbed in the first and second year. In early spring, prune all of the dead canes right back to the soil and provide support for the new growth.

Bowl of Baby Cakes Blackberries

Patio BlueberriesPink Icing pretty Blueberries

 

Variety: Pink Icing™ Blueberry

Why it’s awesome: This plant not only produces big juicy blueberries, but it’s also a four-season stunner! The name “pink icing” comes from the delicate pink tips that highlight the new foliage. The foliage itself is a dusty blue green that perfectly complements the pink. In the winter, the foliage hangs on and turns an iridescent turquoise blue. Pink Icing is certainly the Belle of the Ball!Pink icing

Zone: 5-10

Container size: Medium (16-24”)

Special needs: Blueberries like acidic soil with a pH balance of 4.5 – 5.5, so you may want to add some peat moss to the soil mix to increase the acidity if your soil is neutral.

Pruning and maintenance: It’s best to prune blueberries in early spring when the plants are still dormant. Blueberries fruit on 2, 3, and 4-year old wood, so be sure to remove any dead wood or non-fruiting wood to allow the plant to put energy into maximizing fruit production.

Monrovia Pink Icing Blueberry

Patio Fig Tree

Patio figs

Variety: Corky’s Honey Delight® Fig

Why it’s awesome: There is really nothing like the flavor of a fresh fig and this semi-dwarf cultivar means that you can have them twice in the season! Corky’s Honey Delight is known for its vigorous habit and bountiful amber-colored fruit. The leaves are glossy green and quite attractive, even when the fruit has been gobbled up.

Zone: 7-10 (but often hardy and prolific in zones 5 and 6 as well, if planted in a sheltered location)

Container size: Extra large (30-36”)

Special needs: In colder areas, move the container undercover or to an unheated garage, keeping the soil just slightly moist for the winter months.

Pruning and maintenance: To keep the size manageable in a pot, shape them in the dormant season by removing any of the 4Ds, then cutting back any leggy branches. In mid-summer crop the branches back, leaving just five or six leaves. In the fall, remove any large fruit that didn’t ripen. More tips on growing fig trees here.

 

Strawberries

Patio Plant Seascape Strawberry berries

Variety: Seascape Strawberry

Why it’s awesome: This ever-bearing strawberry is highly productive over a long season, yielding large berries with excellent flavor. It produces well in a wide range of climates and it should yield fruit for up to ten years.

Zone: 4-9

Container size: Small (10-16”)

Special needs: None!

Pruning and maintenance: Read about growing strawberries in containers here.

Grow a patio fruit garden

Giveaway Time!

I’m thrilled to be giving away two $50 gift cards to shop.monrovia.com so you can pick out just the right plant for your garden! This contest is now Closed. Congratulations to Donna Jacobs and Erin Schanen!

Monrovia Patio Fruit

 

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Betty Bidwell
    Betty BidwellAugust 8,17

    Pink icing blueberry!

  2. Sommer
    SommerAugust 8,17

    Corky’s Honey Delight Fig!

  3. Cynthia
    CynthiaAugust 9,17

    The fig tree! I tasted fresh figs straight from the tree 40 years ago and have been pining to repeat the experience ever since.

  4. Heather Murphy-Raymond
    Heather Murphy-RaymondAugust 9,17

    Would love to try the Pink Icing Blueberry!!

  5. Shirley Hicks
    Shirley HicksAugust 9,17

    I would select the fig. I already have a couple of Monrovia fig trees and they have produced the first year! Another would be a wonderful addition!

  6. Shari
    ShariAugust 9,17

    I would love to try the pink icing blueberry. Great giveaway and beautiful patio!

  7. Lisa Selfridge
    Lisa SelfridgeAugust 9,17

    The fig tree would be AMAZEBALLS but I think the safer bet for my area is pink icing blueberry.

  8. Janine Seay
    Janine SeayAugust 9,17

    I wuld love to have the strawberry plant. I really enjoyed yur newsletter. Thanks!

  9. JoAn
    JoAnAugust 9,17

    When I was a kid, my grandmother had a fig tree and I loved every bite.. I have been trying to find one like hers ever since and now I am a grandmother myself. I would choose the honey delight fig to put on my wish list, the name sounds like it could rival my grandmothers fig!!

  10. Jul
    JulAugust 9,17

    Seascape strawberry!!!

  11. Mary Pass
    Mary PassAugust 10,17

    Love to try Corky’s Honey Delight Patio Fig!

  12. Dina P. Hernandez
    Dina P. HernandezAugust 10,17

    I may have a different variety of raspberry… the color is different and is a vine, very invasive. I have it in a container and very seldom gives fruit. I need advise about it.

  13. Sharon
    SharonAugust 10,17

    Clematis are some of my favorites. The purple color of this one is so pretty! I would choose the Boulevard® Fleuri™ Clematis.

  14. Donna Jacobs
    Donna JacobsAugust 10,17

    Love all her neat ideas with plants even thou she is at the opposite ends of the good old USA
    Hope to get the raspberry shortcake raspberry

  15. Karen Smith
    Karen SmithAugust 10,17

    Raspberry Shortcake® Raspberry

  16. K. Kelly
    K. KellyAugust 10,17

    I love ever-bearing strawberries — Seascape Strawberry

  17. Patty Stowell
    Patty StowellAugust 10,17

    Seascape Strawberry! Love the flexibility & creative options that container gardening offers.😀

  18. Diane Stallings
    Diane StallingsAugust 10,17

    Any strawberry plant!

  19. Barbara Kaler
    Barbara KalerAugust 10,17

    The Blueberry Bush would be a wonderful addition to my front patio.

  20. Mary
    MaryAugust 10,17

    I would love to grow the strawberry plant on my back patio!

  21. Sally Christiansen
    Sally ChristiansenAugust 10,17

    I would love to have all of these plants, but my first chose would be the Raspberry Shortcake Raspberry.

  22. sharon weaver
    sharon weaverAugust 10,17

    the pink icing blueberries are gorgeous as are the raspberry shortcake berries, my husband and I would love these

  23. sharon weaver
    sharon weaverAugust 10,17

    my husband and I plan to grow strawberries in rain gutters next year. What strawberries would you suggest for these? Thank you!

  24. Erin Schanen
    Erin SchanenAugust 10,17

    I’d love to try one of these raspberries!

  25. Karen Simon Peterson
    Karen Simon PetersonAugust 11,17

    The raspberry and the fig are both on my wishlist, as we already have strawberries, blueberries and loads of blackberries! Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Crystal
    CrystalAugust 12,17

    I’ve always wanted a fig tree…!

  27. Cheron Suereth
    Cheron SuerethAugust 12,17

    Pink Icing Blueberry sounds divine! I’d love one!

  28. corie goodman
    corie goodmanAugust 12,17

    Your patio looks gorgeous! I think I would like the blueberries because my husband and 3 of my sons love them and the foliage is breathtaking! Love your blog, btw.

  29. Nadine
    NadineAugust 12,17

    Raspberry Shortcake® Raspberry

  30. Meem Kaplan
    Meem KaplanAugust 12,17

    Rasberry Shortcake! Well, any of those you shared would be wonderful!

  31. Teresa Hargis
    Teresa HargisAugust 13,17

    I Love your fruit garden….What a wonderful idea…I would love the Blueberries or any of these delights……….Have a Blessed day and praying for those affected by the fires..

  32. Eliza Powell Thompson
    Eliza Powell ThompsonAugust 13,17

    Monrovia Fig Tree

  33. Heather S
    Heather SAugust 14,17

    Riverina Thomas French Lavender!

  34. Analissa
    AnalissaAugust 14,17

    I would love to try growing the seascape strawberry! It would be a lovely summer dessert with fresh whipped cream.

  35. Barb
    BarbAugust 14,17

    I love your blog and the amazing information you provide. However, is there a reason that the information cannot be pinned for reference at a later date or at least be placed in a “printer friendly” format? Also, as there are already so many sites that only allow US participation in contests, give aways, etc. why is a Canadian site being restrictive as well? Thank you

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseAugust 14,17

      Hi Barb, I’m working on a new website as this one is now out of date. The new version will have more sharing options. You can always pin from the page by using the pin button on your browser or phone for now and print out the webpage by selecting just the stuff you want to print. As for the contest, most of what we promote is open to Canada and the US, and in this case, it’s just that if Canadian wins we will have to send them something other than plants from Monrovia, because getting them into the country takes some time.

  36. Constance Wheeler
    Constance WheelerAugust 15,17

    I really like Monrovia’s plants and buy them whenever I can find them .. A Patio Fig would be fantastic to have !! I sure hope all of you in BC are doing okay in this terrible fire season.. Prayers to you all.

  37. Cindy Gaston
    Cindy GastonAugust 15,17

    What great information! I would love to start a patio fruit garden. Raspberry shortcake raspberry sounds especially sweet!

  38. Jenny Hall
    Jenny HallAugust 16,17

    Fig Tree!!

  39. Claire
    ClaireAugust 17,17

    Pink ice blueberries!

  40. Lesa Wells
    Lesa WellsAugust 17,17

    My choice would be Baby Cakes Blackberries. I miss the mature plants I had to leave behind 2 years ago, but apartment life kept me from having a new berry patch til now!! I live in Southwest Missouri….

  41. Lucy
    LucyAugust 18,17

    I would like to have similar fruit garden, recently I started with some fruits plants but I did not get good quality fruits. Can you suggest some method to produce good quality fruits from my fruit plants? Your help will encourage me to work more in garden.

  42. Melissa Spillere
    Melissa SpillereAugust 18,17

    The strawberries and figs are too sweet. Great post. Thank you for sharing.

  43. Rheanna
    RheannaAugust 18,17

    I want to grow blackberries!

  44. One of God's
    One of God'sAugust 19,17

    I’d like either the Pink Icing blueberry or the Raspberry Shortcake raspberry. Thanks for this opportunity.

  45. Dalyn
    DalynAugust 24,17

    Most definitely the honey delight fig tree! We had one in our backyard growing up and I’ve been missing it. Although, we love all the berries so I would be happy with any of them and definitely want all of them :) But the fig holds a special place in my heart!!!!

  46. Dalyn
    DalynAugust 24,17

    Honey delight fig!!!

  47. Sharon Baron
    Sharon BaronAugust 26,17

    I would love the Seascape Strawberry. There is no more luscious fruit than a fresh home grown strawberry right from the garden.

  48. Nicole
    NicoleAugust 26,17

    Baby cakes blackberry

  49. Acela Cruz
    Acela CruzAugust 26,17

    Love to gro the pink icing blueberry

  50. R Paulus
    R PaulusAugust 26,17

    The baby cakes blackberry! Yum!

  51. Jolanta Piecuch
    Jolanta PiecuchAugust 26,17

    I didn’t know that you can grow raspberries and blackberries in a pot. It wold be nice to have all plants mentioned in the article, but if one can have only one my choice would be raspberries.

  52. Annie Hamlin
    Annie HamlinAugust 26,17

    More Clematis, can’t get enough!

  53. Renee
    ReneeAugust 28,17

    What are the name of the pots you used? I am unable to find them on the recommended site. Thank you!

  54. Mary Pazamickas
    Mary PazamickasAugust 28,17

    just gettng into gardening. Can’t wait to read your whole blog!

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