Landscaping with Edibles

Edible Plants for Your Backyard

Planning to do some landscape work on your yard? Think about going with edible plants. An edible landscape will:

  • Reduce your grocery bill
  • Allow you to enjoy foods at peak freshness
  • Make it easy to eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Help you to weather financial hardships

Here are some great edibles to work into your landscape design:

Ground Covers

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Thyme. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

A good ground cover adds visual interest, fills in space between other plantings and helps to keep weeds out. These edible ground covers do all of that:

Chamomile
Vining cranberries
Creeping thyme
Strawberries
Lowbush blueberries

Trees

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Peach Tree. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Whether you're looking for a big shade tree or a small ornamental to tuck into your landscape for color, there's a good edible for that. All of these trees will produce beautiful flowers early in the season, a large crop of fruit later in the year and will finish with a gorgeous leaf show.

Almond
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Chestnut
Cherry
Crabapple
English Walnut
Fig
Filbert (also known as hazelnut)
Gingko
Lemon
Lime
Mulberry
Nectarine
Olive
Orange
Pawpaw
Peach
Pear
Pecan
Persimmon
Pine
Plum
Quince

Flowers

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Roses. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Flowers add color and drama to a garden. These edible varieties do all of that -- and you get to eat them, too:

Borage
Calendula
Chives
Daylilies
Hibiscus
Lavender
Nasturtium
Pansy
Roses (the hips)
Sunflowers (the seeds)
Violas

Ornamental Shrubs/Plants

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Prickly Pear Cactus. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Ornamental shrubs and plants bring structure and order to a garden. If you choose one of these edible varieties, they'll also help put dinner on the table:

Artichoke
Eggplant
Huckleberries
Lettuce
Lignonberries
Okra
Passion fruit
Peanuts
Peppers
Prickly Pear cactus

Privacy Plantings

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Blackberries. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

There's nothing like a garden with tall privacy plantings. It gives you a place to escape from the world, and a bit of shade for reading. Choose on of these edible privacy plantings, and you can even nibble while you enjoy your alone time:

Blackberries
Bush apricots
Bush cherries
Chokecherries
Elderberries
Goji berries
Gooseberries
Highbush blueberries
Honeyberries
Jostaberries
Mulberries
Pomegranates
Raspberries
Roses (the hips)
Saskatoons

Vining Plants

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Grapes. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Vines give a garden a sense of history and romance. And it's even better if those vines provide delectables to munch on when you go by:

Beans
Grapes
Kiwi
Squash
Peas