The concept of an edible landscape might seem new, but in a way, it truly is the oldest existing type of landscaping.
The best thing about an edible landscape is that it is not only beautiful and exciting to look at, but it can also provide you with food in due season.
Edible landscaping enhances the functionality of the landscape, and since most of Texas has good soil and a reliable amount of rainfall, having such a landscape is a great way to utilize your yard.
Here are edible landscaping ideas you can try out:
- Plant edible flowers – This might come as a surprise to most people, but there are flowers out there that are edible.
Edible flowers can be cooked and eaten as vegetables while others are prepared as salads or used in soups. The most popular types include carnations, marigolds, clover and mums.
- You can plant herbs –
Herbs have numerous advantages, with the most famous of them being their medicinal value.
There are mints of different types, which will also fill your yard with a sweet smelling aroma while they grow, or you can use them in cooking. You can plant rosemary in your lawn and brew it with your morning tea, or you can plant basil and parsley.
- Include flowering plants that attract bees – Bees can be a nuisance to some people, but to people who know the value of the honey they produce bees are welcome guests.
One flower that produces nectar is the honeysuckle, and you can go for either the vine or the bush variety. Its edible nectar is very sweet, though its berries are mildly poisonous and are not to be eaten. These flowers will not only fill your yard with sweet smells; their appearance also makes your yard look even more beautiful.
- Plant trees that produce fruits – The good soil and climate of Texas makes it possible to plant trees that bear some of the sweetest fruits, and there is no reason you should miss the opportunity of effortlessly growing these fruits.
Some of the fruits that you can harvest in your backyard include apples, cherries, grapes, and blackberries. If you have a big lawn and your produce exceeds what you can eat, there is an opportunity to sell your fruits and make some money.
What you need to know about edible landscaping
Edible landscaping is a great way to make use of your lawn, but you have to be careful not to plant and eat fruits, flowers, or herbs that will pose a health risk to you, your family or your neighbors.