Many people think having fresh fruits require a large garden area. However, edible landscapes do not need vast spaces and can be incorporated into your current landscape. Besides providing food for us, edible landscapes also offer seasonal color and habitat for wildlife. Plants can be incorporated as climbing vines, shrubs and trees.
It is not quite that simple to grow fruit in home landscapes in the Midwest. The tree fruits we can grow, such as apples, pears, plums and cherries, require more work with regards to variety selection, pest management and pruning. Fortunately, with some planning, even Iowans with a small yard in the city can successfully grow fruit trees.