Edible Landscaping: Where Beautiful Botanicals and Flavorful Foods Meet


Beans, herbs, leafy greens, and strawberries are great choices if you’re considering an edible landscape for your front yard. Edible landscaping combines the beauty of botanicals with edible plants that provide many textures, unique shapes, and vibrant colors to your landscaping. And edible landscaping maximizes your return by way of putting healthy, homegrown food on the table.

One of the biggest reasons why individuals are choosing edible landscaping today is the economy. With food prices continuing to rise—not to mention our carbon footprint and food safety—discerning individuals are going back to basics when it comes to living better and living a more joyful life.

There are several ways that herbs and vegetables can be incorporated into landscaping:

1. Instead of planting flowers in window boxes try lettuces that vary in color, from purples to reds.

2. Plant vegetables with contrasting colors next to each other for striking beauty, such as purple cabbage and snow white cauliflower.

3. Thyme pairs well with colorful strawberries, and they’re both perfect for containers.

4. Add a touch of French gardening into your edible landscape by incorporating raised beds with gravel-lined paths in between the beds.

5. Grow beans on trellises behind flower beds.

6. Include edible flowers into your landscape, such as peppery-flavored nasturtium, scented geranium, and violet.

These are just a few ideas for edible landscaping that can turn your front yard into a work of delicious art!

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  1. We’ve made major changes in our yard and converted to a much more environmentally friendly system:

    * Removed high-maintenance decorative shrubbery in front of the house and replaced it with miniature fruit trees, currant bushes, blueberries, trellised grape vines and a culinary herb garden.

    * Put a chicken coop in the back yard. The girls give us fresh eggs, mow the back yard and have eradicated the slugs and millipedes that used to be a problem back there.

    * Plant a mix of flowers and veggies in the large rock garden in front and three smaller beds near the house.

    * Added three stock tanks as raised beds for veggies.

    * Front yard (not lawn) is not watered and the only weeds we kill are poison ivy and thistle. A portable pen allows chickens to deal with areas where ants or grubs invade.

    Next project planned is planting comfrey around the fruit trees at one side of the yard to reduce weeds and provide chicken feed.

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