This photo was taken at the entrance of my house. A couple of months ago, I planted a pair of yellow pear tomato seedlings in pots on either side of the front steps. As you can see, this one is living in harmony with its hydrangea friend… evidence that we can all get along.
It’s not unusual for edible plants to share space with shrubs and flowers. The practice of interplanting vegetables, herbs and flowers is called edible landscaping. Edible plants are just as beautiful, if not more so in some cases, as decorative plants. Not only that, they are delicious and nutritious.
In addition to tomatoes, I am also growing basil, rosemary and blueberries in my flower beds. Edible plants delight my senses as much as my daylilies, purple coneflowers and roses.
On a similar note…
I recently stumbled upon an article about a woman who faces jail time if she doesn’t remove the raised garden beds in her front yard. The beds are quite tidy, if you’re wondering. She is in no way destroying the look of the neighborhood. When did gardening, and the desire to eat fresh, home- grown food, become trashy? Read her story here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/08/julie-bass-jail-vegetable-garden_n_893436.html
Happy gardening… no matter where you decide to grow your fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers!