Archive | Edible Landscaping

Mixing It Up – Can Edibles and Ornamentals Get Along in a Designed Garden?

by Ellen Sousa Many people love the idea of including functional plants (edibles and herbs) in ornamental plantings, but in reality it’s not always easy to achieve an acceptable aesthetic without careful design, plant selection, and attention to each plant’s growth habit and needs. Vegetable gardens tend toward the messy side, and popular fruit and […]

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The Case for Native Medicinal Plants in the Landscape

by Todd Lynch In the wellspring of DIY that has made permaculture and edible landscapes household terms, native medicinal plants are outside many conventional conversations about edibles. Although institutions and homeowners rarely consider the value of these plants when weighing their options for a “productive” or self-sustaining landscape, medicinal plants are a valuable landscape resource […]

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Three Hardy Additions to the Edible Landscape

by Dan Furman At Cricket Hill Garden, we have sought over our two decades of operation to introduce American gardeners to Chinese tree peonies. In addition to these imperial flowers, we also grow the better-known herbaceous and newer intersectional hybrid peonies. In recent years I have worked to expand our offerings of interesting edible landscape […]

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Pink Pearl Apple: An Heirloom Surprise

by Joy Albright-Souza Revised from an article originally published in The Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2013. Designing edible landscapes is a privilege. During the design process for an edible garden I am often asked what I enjoy most in my own garden. While there are a number of possible answers, when the subject is apples, I […]

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