What if you could have a garden that is both beautiful and filled with edible plants?
Edible gardens are becoming very popular with home gardeners. These gardens do double duty by adding beauty to your outdoor space while providing food for your table.
Last spring, I was fortunate to visit a beautiful, edible garden on the campus of the University of South Carolina. It was filled with herbs, fruit, vegetables and a few ornamental plants. I came away from my visit from this garden filled with inspiration for my own backyard garden.
I’d like to share with you some of the special plants and areas of this garden…
Heavily mulched pathways are lined with rosemary that lead toward a tipsy herb pot and an artichoke plant.
Flowering broccoli as well and cauliflower added beauty to the edible garden while also making the bees quite happy with their flowers. Allowing vegetables to flower is a wonderful way to create a pollinator garden for bees.
Against the wall was an espaliered fig tree that was laden with ripening figs.
My favorite part of the garden was the tipsy herb pot, which was filled with many types of herbs. It started with rosemary at the bottom, then basil, oregano and cilantro.
The top pot was filled with chives, which were getting ready to flower.
You can make your own tipsy pot. My fellow blogger, Jill, has a great tutorial on how to make a small one. For larger ones, like this one, you would use rebar to anchor the pots.
Behind a row of hydrangeas (one of the few non-edible plants in the garden), were the compost piles.
Behind a row of hydrangeas (one of the few non-edible plants in the garden), were the compost piles. I must admit that I have never thought of compost piles as attractive elements of a garden, but this one looks almost pretty with all the pretty colored vegetable scraps.
College campuses are increasingly becoming great places to view examples of the newest gardening trends like this edible garden at the University of South Carolina.
I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to create an edible landscape in your own backyard garden. I have recently transformed a large area of my own backyard into an edible garden and it is my favorite part of my garden.
Next week, I will show you a beautiful garden that I visited at the University of Tenneesee