I love a well-manicured lawn, with nice landscaping plants set attractively throughout, but whenever I see such a carefully-tended lawn, my thoughts turn immediately to wondering ‘why are they working so hard on plants you can’t eat?’ It’s just crazy to me that people spend so much time on maintaining plants that serve no more purpose than to look nice. And most of these people don’t even have a vegetable or herb garden out back! Is that crazy, or what?
In all the history of mankind, we’ve struggled – yes, worked hard – to keep food on the table. It’s only in the last fifty years that we’ve gotten into the notion of buying all our food from stores and that’s not necessarily a reliable method of keeping food on the table during disruptions to our agriculture or just-in-time delivery system. But that’s another topic for another day.
Today, let’s look at what edible plants we can use replace those attractive but useless landscaping plants. Let’s get practical about our yards and pay more attention to a plant’s nutritional value than its height, color or texture.
Here is a list of shrubs and flowers you may not have considered for your yard but they are attractive and will serve landscape design purposes. This is only a partial list, but a good beginning.
The red currant bush produces a red fruit that, when ripe, seems to shimmer in the sunlight as the loaded down with fruit plant almost seems to drip fruit. The tart and tasty fruit are great for jelly and jam production.
These blueberry bushes are already being incorporated into landscaping plans by many people so it’s not a new idea, but definitely one that needs to be propagated (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun). Blueberry bushes range in height from just a few inches tall to about thirteen feet high, so size issues with landscape plantings should be no problem. And with all the varieties out there you are going to find some that keep their leaves all year, and the usual ones that shed their leaves. There are lots of varieties to match individual needs but one thing they all have in common are wonderful blueberries to eat.
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