It’s getting close to the beginning of Spring-time here in South King County, and you may have noticed some little green things poking up in your garden.  While some gardeners have already been outside braving the weather to start preparing for the next growing season, there’s still plenty of time to get ahead of the season.

If you’re looking for something new to plant in your garden or lawn, you might think FRUIT!  There are some great fruit trees and shrubs that are not only be useful (fruit producing), but also that they can be a beautiful part of your landscape.  In addition, NOW is the perfect time to plant your fruit-bearing plants, as they can take the colder temps and lots more rain that we are likely to get before “old-man-Winter” has his last words for the year.  Here are some ideas for your garden or yard:
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Blueberries

Highbush Blueberry

Photo from Oregon State University

Planting blueberry bushes in your garden or yard can add to the beauty of your landscape. Highbush blueberries are perennial, long-lived, deciduous shrubs growing to a height of 5 to 10 feet at maturity.

Read more about blueberries here.
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Peach & Nectarine Trees

Johnsons Home & Garden - Peach Trees in bloom

Peach tree in early spring bloom.

Both of these tree varieties have beautiful early spring flower blossoms that can add to the color of your yard or garden. Both have a dark green foliage and produce ripe fruit toward the end of the growing season, usually in early Fall.

Read more here.
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Pear Trees

Johnsons Home & Garden - Pear Tree in Bloom

Pear tree in bloom

Pear trees are medium to large tree with beautiful spring blooms. Fruit matures during summer and fall.
Read more here.
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Cherry Trees

Johnsons Home & Garden - Bing Cherry Tree

Bing cherries ripening

Bing Cherries are one of the Northwest favorite treats during hot summer days, but they can also add some beautiful color to your landscape.
Read more here.
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Plum Trees

Johnsons Home & Garden - Seneca Plum Tree

Seneca Plum tree fruit

The Italian and Seneca prune trees, a variety of a European prune or European plum tree, is a stone fruit tree that grows well in Washington State.

Read more here.

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Apple Trees

Johnsons Home & Garden - Honey Crisp Apple

Photo courtesy Brian Clark WSU

Apples are the largest fruit product in Washington State, so needless to say, apple trees grow well here. There are many varieties to choose from, each with distinctively tasting fruit.

Read more here.

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You can find all these in the Johnsons Garden Dept today. We even have bare root trees available for a limited time. Just ask any of our Garden Department associates.