Edible plants have become more and more acceptable and wanted in your ornamental landscape. As the sustainable movement continues, Americans are becoming more and more interested in having plants that can serve multiple purposes (i.e good looking and edible), low-water use and much more. As landscape architects, Firma Design Group has participated, designed and advocated for many edible gardens in commercial, residential and educational facilities. Some great plants, include:
Artichokes are a very bold and aesthetically pleasing plant. Without flowers, the plant has great texture and great color. With the flowers (the “artichoke”), the plant just pops in the landscape. There are many varieties, including a gray foliage artichoke and these are great to put in the landscape. Be careful of the space that an artichoke needs, though, as you will need to provide at least a 4 foot by 4 foot area. These plants grow large!
The Bay Laurel tree is an incredible tree that provides amazing aesthetic quality, evergreen screening capabilities, and the aroma off of the tree is just pleasant. We use this tree a lot for drought tolerant projects that require an evergreen screen and a beautiful looking tree! The cooking capabilities of this tree are incredible. You can cut the branches, use the leaves for cooking, marinating and much more! The aroma off of the leaves is enough to brighten up your room for many days! The tree is a slower grower, and can fit into most landcape ares.
There are so many varieties of thyme at nurseries these days, that we have just listed and shown the standard creeping thyme. There is Spicy Thyme, Lemon Thyme and much more to choose from. There are also variegated forms, options for flowering thyme and low water use thyme.
We advocate the use of this plant in many different gardens because of its drought tolerancy, beautiful texture and flowers that prop up if you don’t use the herb for cooking on a regular basis.