Grow It

Cre­ate an ed­i­ble land­scape pretty enough for your front yard.

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Or­na­ment or nour­ish­ment? Some of our fa­vorite plants are both.

Fruits and veg­gies don’t need to be ban­ished to the back­yard. Shake up or­na­men­tal gar­den beds by tuck­ing ed­i­ble plants among the flow­ers. The yard will get a boost in tex­ture and de­sign, and you’ll en­joy the re­sults in sum­mer meals.

Think be­yond the norm when choos­ing ed­i­bles to plant near or­na­men­tals. Tuck leafy veg­eta­bles such as Swiss chard and kale be­hind showy flow­ers for a deep green back­drop. And swap tra­di­tional shrubs, such as ju­nipers or lilacs, for some bushes you can ap­pre­ci­ate vis­ually now and at the ta­ble later, in­clud­ing blue­ber­ries, hazel­nuts, bush cher­ries or goose­ber­ries.

When putting in these food-pro­duc­ing shrubs near your home, keep them just out­side the roof drip line. This way, you’ll pro­tect them from harsh winds while also al­low­ing breezes to cool the house.

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