Edible Landscaping: Decorate Your Outdoor Living Space With Things You Can Eat


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Imagine being able to walk out onto your Eagle Bay patio with a cup of coffee in the morning and pick herbs and fresh veggies for dinner that night. Planting and maintaining an edible landscape is actually easier than you may think! Here’s a quick guide to edible plants that you can incorporate into your landscape plan, benefitting pollinators in your area and putting fresh produce on your table.

Eggplant

 

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Eggplant has a great scent and beautiful blossoms. Add it to a flowery border wall or hedgerow for a pop of edible color. Generally speaking, because of the scratchy leaves, most browsing animals like deer avoid consuming eggplant.

Edible Flowers

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There are several species of flowers that are edible and can make a great border to your walkway or add a pop of color in an elevated garden made from a freestanding or retaining wall. Consider planting chamomile, chicory, cornflowers or daylilies.

Artichokes

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These formidable plants work great as focal points or for privacy borders. They grow several feet high and most of the flowering vegetables are off the ground, preventing pests like rabbits and groundhogs from easy access.

Beans

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Beans are awesome for adding some greenery to your pergola or trestle. They grow high and hang like vines, creating a beautiful garden effect. Most bean plants also flower, so they can add a pop of color to your outdoor living space as well.

 

Maximizing your landscape with edible plants truly offers you the best of both worlds. Not only do you get a lovely looking backyard, but you also get to enjoy the pride of eating something you’ve grown. Most local nurseries offer starter plants. Chat with your contractor when starting to plan your landscape project.