Edible Landscaping

More than a mere article, this is a mini-manual that carefully lays out the functional and aesthetic factors contributing to successful edible landscaping and landscape design.

edible landscaping - front and back views of a portion of the landscape
Edible landscaping is possible even in a limited space, as these front and back views of Helen Malcolm-Neeb's property show.
edible landscaping - multilayer planting illustration
Assuming you live in the northern hemisphere, aranging plants by height, shortest to tallest from south to north, will help assure that all will receive the sunlight they need through the course of the day.
edible landscaping - persimmon and broccoli
"Hachiya" persimmons and "Romanesco" broccoli.
edible landscaping - ornamental lettuce, kale, and cabbage
Ornamental kale, lettuce, and cabbage.
edible landscaping - dwarf nectarine tree
"Garden Beauty" dwarf nectarine tree.
edible landscaping - flowers, as viewed from kitchen window
This colorful array of herbs, vegetables, and flowers was taken from the kitchen window. The designer coped with the small, steep site by making terraced beds separated by flagstone walkways.
edible landscaping - densely planted beds
One of the thriving, densely-packed terraces.
edible landscaping - terraced plants
Another view of one of the terraces, which are located near the house to make harvesting easier.

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