“The popularity of growing your own food will continue into 2019 in a big way as people become more aware of what they eat,” says landscape designer Jan Blok. “Every garden, no matter the size, should have a vegetable and herb patch or even a window box with herbs.”
Jan is a great proponent of ‘agrilandscaping’, the practice of replacing ornamental plants with edible plants. Vegetables and herbs can be just as pretty, or even more so, than ornamentals. “An example of this is underplanting an avenue of lemon trees with carissa or thyme and artichokes rather than flowering plants, or using Swiss chard or lettuce for foliage interest instead of ornamental shrubs,” he says.
With the increasing number of vegetarians and vegans worldwide, growing your own protein is very relevant. Think legumes such as peas, broad beans, haricot beans and scarlet runner beans, which also bear lovely flowers. Plant kale, which is high in protein, for its beautiful dark green foliage and sunflowers for their protein-rich seeds.