Eat Your Yard: 3 Tips for Implementing Edible Landscaping

Eat Your Yard: 3 Tips for Implementing Edible Landscaping

When people think of landscaping, they may picture Japanese maples and mossy ground cover. Alternatively, you may imagine hostas, laurels, rhododendrons and roses. However, a recent movement is taking the landscaping adventure on a more flavorful turn. While landscaping will still help to improve your home value, edible landscaping may additionally improve your health.

With increased focus on earth-friendliness, many homeowners are seeking the benefits of home gardens. For some this can look like pots on the porch or small garden beds, but for many others it includes integrating edible plants into the aesthetic appeal of the yard. Included here are a few tips for implementing edible landscaping principles into your home.

Focus On Foliage

The first trick to finding edible plants that will work well with your landscaping aesthetic is in paying attention to their foliage. While a bush full of berries may be beautiful, it is not going to maintain that aesthetic year-round. However, the leaves on the bush will likely remain throughout the summer months and need to be appealing.

Blueberry bushes are an incredibly popular choice for edible landscaping because they provide beautiful foliage with stems that turn pink and foliage that changes to reds and scarlets come fall. The blooms on a blueberry bush are striking in the spring and the bountiful produce is delicious and rich in antioxidants.

One gardening expert plants oxblood beets along the front curb of her house. Why? Because not only will she be reaping a healthy, delicious food every few months, she can enjoy brilliant burgundy leaves in between harvests. Because beets are a root vegetable, they are protected from stolen harvest by passers by and street sediment.

Say Hello to Herbs

The quantity of herbs that are both aesthetically-appealing and edible is astounding. Herbs like lavender add a beautiful hue in your landscape and put off a wonderful aroma, as well as being an incredibly useful herb in the kitchen. Additionally, cilantro, rosemary, thyme and chives can be blended in with flowering plants along the border of your lawn. Many herbs can be self-seeding and come back the following year.

Diversify

For those who suffer from various pest and disease problems, diversifying your landscape with edibles can be just the trick to getting your plants healthy. For instance, if you add three blueberry bushes but place them in separate corners of the yard, a disease or pest problem on one is unlikely to reach the other.

Additionally, pests that can be problematic on some ornamentals can be gotten rid of through diversified landscape. Breaking up the decorative plants with edibles can prevent the diseases and insects from jumping from one vulnerable plant to another.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.