Create an edible landscape pretty enough for your front yard.
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.