There are over 800 varieties of fig trees in existence, all part of the mulberry (Moraceae) family. Most fig trees hail from tropical climates, as they prefer extreme heat and are intolerant of low temperatures, though there are some hardy species that can withstand frost.
Herbs are a wonderful addition to any garden, offering instant flavor to culinary dishes and providing fragrance wherever you grow them. Herbs are often also ornamental and can be grown indoors in containers, or outside in borders, making them suitable even for people with very limited growing space.
Melons are a type of fruit that belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and grow on vines that sprawl across the ground or can be kept upright with support. These plants are not typically attractive in their own right but are widely cultivated for the delicious fruits they produce. They have been grown for over 4,000 years as an important food source in areas such as Egypt and Africa.
There is only one species of Coconut Palm tree in the world, and this is Cocos nucifera. However, many cultivars exist within this species, which bear a wide variety of different types of coconuts. The Coconut Palm cultivars are split into two groups; dwarf varieties and tall varieties.
Lemon trees have so much to offer; they are ornamentally attractive, produce fragrant flowers, and bear delicious fruits that offer versatility in the kitchen. They are also surprisingly easy to care for and can be grown in almost any climate.
Paw paw trees produce banana-like fruits, but you have to help them pollinate. Read our tips for how to do so below.
Bay laurels are an evergreen plant hailing from the Mediterranean and are known as one of the oldest trees to be cultivated. It is now grown for its ornamental beauty, but also for use in cooking, in which its dried leaves are commonly used to flavor soups, stews, broths, casseroles, and sauces.
If you want a plentiful harvest, make sure to water the pecan tree abundantly in well-draining soil. You may also want to add zinc each year, depending on your soil composition.
Almond Trees are fairly hardy, but if you want to harvest the nuts, make sure to give it plenty of water and sunlight, with a cold weather snap during the winter.
Olive Trees can grow in a variety of climates, but if you want them to bear fruit, make sure to keep outside in a moderate climate with plenty of water. Here we'll discover more about how to take care of this popular tree for its maximum growing potential as ornamental trees as well as for fruit production.
Mulberry trees are easy to take care of and produce sweet fruit in abundance. The most difficult aspect of growing mulberry trees is propagating them, so it’s best to buy a start.
Pomegranate trees are usually fairly small and can be grown as either a tree or a shrub depending on how you choose to prune and train it. Pomegranate trees are also an ideal choice of tree to create a vibrant flowering hedge, as they can become quite dense when grown alongside each other.