But an edible garden incorporated into your ornamental garden can be free-flowing, beautiful, and produce incredibly tasty plants to eat. When selecting edibles, think about color, texture, and variety
Landscape beauty good enough to eatIf we are talking ‘bones’ (trees and bushes) of the garden, try using some fruit trees, even an espaliered fruit tree if you are looking to save space or need a hedge type border. They are easy to prune if you buy one already shaped in an espalier, or use wire and bamboo to form your own espalier.
Try apples, pears, figs, citrus. Columnar apples are another option. They grow up in a columnar fashion and save space. If you have a small corner or want to have a narrow tree up the side of a structure.
Color, flowers, Fall leaf color, and interesting structure—all with great taste tooOther plants that make a good shrub hedge that is edible are blueberry, gooseberries, huckleberry, and pomegranate. They can be close and touching or separate enough to walk around.
Vines with arbors or trellis can add depth, coverage and greenery to a garden of any size. Try using vines that provide fruit like grapes, kiwi, or passion fruit. Very easy to grow and most vines produce a great deal of fruit.
Easy ways to turn your bedding areas into edible delightsThere are lots of edible plants that have an ornamental interest too. A large plant like an artichoke is showy with large silver leaves that can produce lots of artichokes. Kale, swiss chard, curly or burgundy lettuce are beautiful leafy greens that make a statement.
Brussel spouts, cauliflower, bush beans, strawberries, and my favorite, eggplant, are great additions to any ornamental garden. Herbs incorporated into the bedding area are always welcome. Mints, thyme, oregano, parsleys, cilantro, and chives can jazz up your areas with new colors, textures, and smells.
They can be used fresh in your cooking or dry them for later use.
Be creative and experiment to incorporate edible and ornamental together. Look for interesting foliage colors and textures and add the variety a garden is always looking for.
How are you satisfying your client’s growing appetite for edibles?Have you integrated edible plants into your garden? Share your experience and help other gardeners enjoy the fantastic aromas and flavors of edible gardens.
We carry all of these great edible specimens at Pacific Nurseries. To learn more, send us an email or just call 650.7552330 to speak with one of our specialists
As President of Pacific Nurseries, Don Baldocchi gets satisfaction knowing the Bay Area is greener and more beautiful by helping landscape professionals succeed. Email Don or give him a call at 650.755.2330.