As more and more of us are interested in having good fresh produce in our house, many are turning to growing their own foods. However, if you have a small lot or live in a condominium you may not have room to put in a vegetable garden, berry patch and small orchard. Edible landscaping to the rescue.
What is edible landscaping? It is incorporating edible plants right in among your ornamentals, so they blend in or stand out, depending on your desire. It means that you plant a fruit tree in your front yard, instead of a shade tree. You plant flowering cabbage or kale along your walkway instead of dwarf holly. There are probably edible plants to replace every ornamental, but that’s not really necessary, even incorporating a few can really be a delight.
It is a little bit of an art to know what plants will look good in certain places, but there is a lot written about it these days. Not only that there are many varieties of vegetables that are being grown so that they are more compact and fit beautifully in any garden. Just visiting Rosalind Creasy’s home page, she’s one of the pioneers of edible landscaping, will be enough to inspire you to try at least a few plants tucked in around your ornamentals. The upside is that you’ll have not only a beautiful garden, but one that is nutritious, too.