Advice on columnar fruit trees?
I'm putting in a raised be in my (miniscule) back yard and am thinking of putting in some fruit trees -- and I'd like your advice.
The bed with be about 2' high, 2-3' front to back, and 4-5' wide, facing east, up against a neighbor's garage. About half that front-to-back distance is over bare soil, the rest is over a concrete slab. The spot gets a lot of sun until about 1-2pm in the summer; just morning sun in the winter.
I had originally thought of planting columnar apples, with maybe a vine gorwing up in between. Wayside Nursery is offering a package of Scarlet SentinelÃ¯Â¿Â½ and Northpole aples for what seems like a reasonable price. I also noticed Stark Brothers offer a columnar peach, Crimson Rocket, which I'd not heard of before.
I've had good luck with a Reliance peach at work, and know that apples seems to require a lot of spraying an maintainence, so I'm not wed to the apple idea.
Any suggeestions on what might work best for my little orchard in tthe city? I'm zone 5b, in inner city Columbus, Ohio, if that helps.
Thanks in advance!