As homeowners, we all want a beautiful landscape to complement our home. Elegant landscape design creates a peaceful oasis where we can relax on the weekends, enjoy summer evenings with family, or entertain friends. But more homeowners are opting for, not just beautiful landscapes, but delicious, edible landscapes as well.
With the trend toward organic gardening, homeowners are realizing the many benefits of Tulsa landscape design that includes edible plants, which are as pretty as they are tasty. Edible landscaping is not just about planting a garden in your backyard, but more about incorporating a variety of edible trees, plants, and shrubs throughout your landscape to provide cost-effective, healthy food right at home.
In fact, Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) wrote an article online about how to include edible plants in your landscaping. Here are some of the tips they gave:
Rhubarb is a pretty plant that fits well in the flower bed or along the border, especially when paired with purple-leaved Ajuga or a similar low-growing groundcover. Strawberries are another good groundcover or edging plant for a flowerbed or even planted on a sunny slope as a groundcover.
Blueberry and currant bushes make great decorative (and tasty) shrubs. Miniature and dwarf fruit trees are available that grow about 4 or 5 feet tall and even grow well in large pots. These are great for use in smaller yards. Raspberries, the article noted, do great in light to medium shade, making them easy to grow at home.
Instead of traditional vines to grow over an arbor or trellis, the article suggested grapevines or short vining-type vegetables like cucumbers, zucchini, and melons. Gorgeous grapevines will grow well over an arbor, plus you can use the leaves for decoration on platters or to top salads and cheeses, BHG said.
Vegetables often do well in containers, the article added. Lettuces come in a variety of colors, making them ideal for window boxes and along edges of flower beds. Hot peppers also add rich color to the landscape, especially when mixed with marigolds and vinca. Swiss chard is another vegetable that comes in a “rainbow of colors” that can be paired with other vibrant flowers to create a beautiful Tulsa landscape design.
For more great edible gardening tips, check out the Edible Landscaping article on BHG. If you’d like help to incorporate more edible plants into your landscape design, call the Tulsa gardening and landscape design/build experts at Oklahoma Landscape.