Apple, plum, pear, cherry and citrus trees are good for planting around a patio. Dwarf fig trees can also thrive in container gardening around patios. Other good dwarf fruit plants are strawberries and blueberries.
Ultra dwarf fruit trees are small, growing well in a small space, and they thrive in containers and can be brought inside during cold weather. Apple trees include the Fuji and Anna varieties and the classic red delicious and yellow delicious fruits. The plants grow up to 6 feet tall with a maximum width of 4 feet. Plum ultra dwarf trees have a maximum height of 4 feet. Apricot, nectarine and peach trees also work well for a patio.
Blueberries require acidic compost and thrive in containers as small as 1 foot wide. Grow raspberries in containers that are 2 feet wide.
Buy self-pollinating dwarf fruit trees so that only one or two trees can produce fruit. Plant each tree in a 12-inch diameter container with compost and good potting soil. Place the pot on the southern side of the patio for best sun exposure during the summer, and feed it regularly throughout the growing season. Every year, snip back any dead or damaged limbs, and thin the fruit.