In an edible landscape, there are all sorts of fruits, vegetables, and herbs found within your garden of flowers and shrubs that you can eat. To bring out the best in your edible landscape, you’re going to want to choose the best edible additions for the area. You can weave edibles into your landscape in creative manners without giving up appeal. Find out how to pick the best plants for your edible landscape.
Trees are an environmentally-friendly feature welcome in any garden. If you want to plant a tree outside, consider choosing a dwarf fruit tree, whether that be an apple, peach, cherry tree, etc. If you don’t have much space in your garden, using an espalier as another option. You can have your fruit tree grow right alongside a wall, fence, or even the side of your house.
Berry bushes can be grown easily, and they are wonderful hedges. While they do require full to part sun, they can still supply you with a fair amount of fruit even if they are put in a little shade.
Raspberries come in many colors, including red, purple, gold, and black. As a bonus, there are thornless raspberries available that make it easier to pick your fruits. Many varieties of blueberries have emerged that can be grown in pots on your patio or deck! They taste great and are easy to maintain.
Herbs are great plants to add to an edible landscape. Some of the easier herb options include rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme. These can give your garden some wonderful aromas.
Rosemary and lavender make wonderful borders and can add structure to the garden you’re trying to make. Thyme serves as a solid groundcover and it comes back year after year!
Onions, Chives, and Garlic
These plants can serve a unique purpose in your edible landscape. Humans enjoy these foods, while many critters don’t enjoy them. These plants can serve as a repellent, keeping pests out of your yard so that your other plants are better protected. They also come back year after year!
Many greens are better when grown in containers, but that doesn’t mean they can’t go into your edible landscape too. Many salad greens can give your edible landscape a more elegant appearance, such as lettuce or kale. “Red Russian” kale is an especially good choice for the fall because its color scheme complements the color of the leaves outside.
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