History has shown that our ancestors have incorporated both flowering and edible plants into landscape designs. From the ancient Persians to medieval monks, landscape designs have incorporated both function and beautiful plants. Over time landscape designs abandoned this practice to incorporate shade trees and green lawns. This is beginning to change again as more people become interested in re-introducing edible ornamentation into their landscape plans.
Grow Your Own Food
It is now estimated that one out of three households grows some kind of vegetables in their landscape. While vegetable and herb gardens have often been hidden in landscape design, a new trend has developed that incorporates both edible and ornamental plants together. This trend is called “ornamental edible gardening.” Vegetables and fruit trees now share space with annuals and perennials throughout a landscape design, offering multiple benefits to the home owner. Some of the most popular ways to incorporate the two together is in large containers on patios or in raised beds. Here you can grow vegetables and berries along with ornamental and fragrant flowers.
There are many edible plants that can be enjoyed for their vibrant color as well as their taste, including lettuces, peppers and eggplants. Herbs also work well when mixed with colorful flowers. Not only are these arrangements pleasing to the eye, but they can also offer functional benefits. For example, thyme, mint and oregano can be used as ground covers which deters the growth of weeds. Flowering plants also attract pollinating and beneficial insects while some herbs can repel harmful insects. For example, catnip keeps away aphids, beetles, squash bugs and ants. Petunias can repel asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, aphids and tomato worms. Mexican marigold is also thought to keep away rabbits.
How Do I Incorporate Ornamental and Edible Plants into My Landscape?
With the recession, an increase in food prices and a fear of chemicals and pesticides, people are now growing food and eating more at home. If you are interested in incorporating both ornamental and edible plants into your landscape design, the landscaping experts at Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego can help. Our extensive knowledge and experience allows us to take a client’s vision and make it a reality. We can offer pre-made raised beds or help you incorporate the right plants into your current design. Our team can also help you maintain your landscape during this tough drought season. Whether you want to add a few new items to your outdoor space or wish to completely redesign it so it is both functional and beautiful, the experts at Juniper Landscape Company can make your plans a reality.