Who said orchards aren’t visually pleasing? Here at Just Fruits & Exotics, weâ€™re all for beautifying orchards, so much so we even made a name for it. We like to call the landscaping activity of mixing edibles with ornamentals fruitscaping. Isnâ€™t the name fitting? To learn more about our unique orchard decorating process, check out some of our ornamental recommendations below.Â
Azaleas are known for their vibrant colors and ability to grow in many different regions. We always recommend azaleas to new planters. They are very easy to grow and bloom substantially during the springtime. Due to their large abundance of flowers, azaleas are ideal for borders, hedges, and privacy screens around your orchard. Just remember to fertilize them with an acidic fertilizer. Azaleas arenâ€™t able to receive necessary nutrients without acidic soil.Â
Believe it or not, grasses have functional landscaping benefits. Short grasses, such as nana lily turf, liriope, and lomandra can be used as borders. They can also serve as accent plants to add more texture to your landscape. Medium-height grasses, such as muhly, crown grass, and zebra grass, make beautiful accents if placed near other ornamentals. Medium-height grasses can also serve as short screens around your landscape. Tall grasses, such as pampas, silver comets, and gold bands make effective screens and hedges. As explained, grasses serve functional purposes while simultaneously adding visual appeal to your orchard. Whatâ€™s even more appealing about grasses is that they are easy to maintain. All they require is some extra watering during the first two months. After that, they only need to be watered when they are extremely dry.Â
We recommend using perennials as accent plants. Due to their vibrant colors and seasonality, perennials look the most visually pleasing when mixed with other plants in the landscape. They add a gorgeous pop of color during their blooming season. When adding perennials to your orchard, donâ€™t forget to consider plant height. The tallest plants should be placed behind the others to serve as a backdrop, and the shorter ones should be placed in the front. Usually, fall-blooming perennials are the tallest, summer-blooming perennials have a medium height, and spring-blooming perennials are the shortest. Perennials are more difficult to care for than other ornamentals but provide a worthwhile blooming season. To learn how to care for perennials, view our growing guide here.Â
Ready to start fruitscaping? Our team of fruitscapers can travel to you if youâ€™re within the Tallahassee and the surrounding aresa to add stunning ornamentals to your orchard. We also help you decide which ornamentals work for you, your orchardâ€™s needs, and your region. Visit our fruitscaping contact form today to get in touch with a helpful landscaping expert!