Adding vegetables fruits and herbs into existing beds can both help create visually pleasing designs and provide tasty produce. Edibles can be used to replace tired dull plants to add some spice to an existing landscaping bed. Many edibles feature spring flowers, tasty produce and can also display nice fall foliage making them a great addition to the garden. Edible plants come in a variety of forms and each is suited to a different function in the garden. For example, blueberries meet the trifecta of flowers, produce and fall foliage while also performing well as a hedge plant. Herbs, on the other hand, add texture and enticing aromas. Cool season crops function well as edging plants. Nut and fruit trees also can be used in landscaping, but we recommend planting these guys away from walkways, driveways, patios and decks to avoid the inevitable fruit/nut drop mess.
When planning your edible landscape keep in mind that most edibles require 6-8 hours of sun everyday. Some cool season crops such as spinach, cabbage and radishes can tolerate shade. Don’t limit edibles to boring rows, you can get creative and plant them in fun patterns. Edibles can be planted just close enough to avoid overcrowding while providing dense coverage.
Here at Hook’s we carry a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs that would work fabulously in a landscaping. Below is a list of edibles we recommend trying out in landscaping projects.
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