Edible landscaping is an exciting trend that we are proud to be part of. Food is expensive and there is an increasing awareness around the safety of food with genetically modified plants and chemical herbicides and pesticides and fungicides. It makes good sense to grow your own food and be connected to where food comes from and how it is produced. In addition there are many edible plants that are suitable for smaller yards and with either dwarfing root stock or naturally dwarf varieties of edibles. Here in Chilliwack and on the West Coast there is no reason why we cant be eating out of our gardens every month of the year.
We see beauty in the arrangement of vegetable plants and the composition textures that one can achieve in a vegetable garden. Fruit trees and shrubs offer several seasons of interest, from flowers, fruits and even the branch structure and pattern in winter.
From a design perspective, edible plants can be included within the greater garden and incorporated with ornamentals. Another option is to have an area exclusively dedicated to food production in a potager style garden. When designing an edible garden it is important to establish a balance between producing our own food without becoming overwhelmed with the maintenance associated with an edible landscape.
Home grown food canned and preserved
The textures and foliage of edible plants carrots and beets
apples trained on a wall take up little space and produce abundantly