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Edible Landscaping

by Rod Smith

© 1999-2018 Rodney A. Smith
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Fruits and vegetables do not have to be stuck in one corner of the yard. Many of them rries and plums are very similar to their flowering cousins except that the flowers only come in white and the leaves only in green. Fruit trees have a similar size and shape to many flowering trees commonly used in landscapes.

Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowianna) is an attractive evergreen shrub. It grows eight feet tall and ten feet wide. The leaves are silvery white underneath and the flowers are red. The flowers and fruit are both edible. It can be used as a large shrub or hedge in a landscape.

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) is a tall, slender evergreen shrub which makes an excellent accent shrub or screen. The bay leaves are used as a flavoring.

Blueberries also have many attractive features. The berries are colorful in the summer. The leaves turn a beautiful red in the fall. The twigs of Earliblue have a light coral color through the winter.

Gooseberries and currants have similar fruit on a five feet tall bush. Currants are thornless so they are easier to pick. Gooseberries have thorns so they are good security plants. No one will stand in a gooseberry bush to try to pry open a window.

Grapes or Kiwi Fruit can be trained as a vine, either up a trellis, along a fence or over the top of an arbor. The fruit is colorful as well as edible.

Some edible plants can be used as groundcovers. Strawberries make an excellent groundcover. The day neutral varieties such as Tri-Star bloom continuously from mid-spring to fall and have fruit from June through September. Lingonberry has small berries that make good preserves. Lemon Thyme has a green leaf with a yellow edge. It is very fragrant and can be used as a flavoring in cooking. Many other herbs have attractive flowers, leaves and fragrances. See my webpage Herbs for the Kitchen and Landscape.

There are some drawbacks to including edible plants in the landscape. Fruit can be messy, especially if planted next to a sidewalk, deck or driveway. Fallen apples and pears will have to be picked up before mowing. Also, some pesticides cannot be used on or near edible plants so it does not work to plant edibles with roses or rhodies.


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Planting a Vegetable Garden
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Remove Trees Roots and All
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Trees and Shrubs in the Landscape
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