How to Grow Fruit As Foundation Planting


Foundation plantings are greenery that is planted around the foundations of the home to disguise raised foundations and soften the transition between the structure and the yard. A good foundation planting should work with your architecture and landscaping to tie your home into its surroundings.

Step 1

Consider the design of your home when selecting plants. Formal architecture may lend itself to formal landscaping such as an espalier fruit tree. Informal architecture such as the kind found in a cottage home may allow you to plant natural-looking bushes such as gooseberry bushes.

Step 2

Test your soil by digging a sample with a teaspoon and placing it in a soil testing kit from your local garden center. Then add the liquid that comes with the kit. The liquid will change colors based on your soil pH. This will help to determine the types of plants that you can successfully grow around the foundations of your home. Shrubs such as blueberries will not grow well around the foundations of masonry walls. The soil around these walls absorb lime from the masonry and will be too alkaline for blueberries.

Step 3

Determine the amount of light that is present around your foundations. Some fruit plants require a certain amount of sunlight daily. Fruiting plants that are placed next to the home may be shaded by the structure too much to allow for fruit to ripen.

Step 4

Dig planting holes in the ground to the depth recommended for the plants that you have selected. Space these planting holes at the distance recommended for the plants as well. Loosen the soil around the walls and floor of the planting hole and scratch compost into these surfaces.

Step 5

Place the root ball of the plant into the planting hole and place soil in the extra space around the root ball. Pat to remove any air pockets.

Step 6

Water the plant thoroughly with a garden hose. Cover with mulch to help hold in moisture.

Step 7

Attach a wooden trellis to the wall of your home behind climbing fruit plants such as blackberry or raspberry brambles to give them support.

Step 8

Fertilize fruit plants in the spring with a liquid fertilizer that is high in phosphorous (10-20-10) to promote blooming on the plants. A plant blooms as a precursor to growing fruit. Taper off fertilizer in the late summer so that a plant can prepare to go dormant in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant nursery catalogs
  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Soil cultivating fork
  • Mulch
  • Garden hose


  • This Old House Website: Foundation Planting Basics
  • Fine Gardening Magazine: Fundamentals of Foundation Planting
  • National Gardening Association Website: Growing Berry Shrubs

Who Can Help

  • Henry Leuthard Nurseries Website: Growing Espalier Fruit Trees
  • Vegetarianism and Vegetarian Nutriion Website: Rose Hips
Keywords: foundation planting, edible landscape, Espalier fruit trees

About this Author

After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.