By Stephanie RogersWed, Apr 27 2011 at 11:26 AM EST
This yummy alternative can be just as beautiful as traditional landscaping, replacing everything from ground cover to trees with food-producing plants like mint, strawberries and asparagus.
Why surround your home with landscaping that is merely ornamental when it could feed you, too? Edible landscaping can be just as beautiful as traditional landscaping, replacing everything from groundcover to trees with food-producing plants like mint, strawberries, asparagus and sunflowers.
The first trick to successful edible landscaping is thinking outside the rows. Food crops don't always need to be planted farm-style, one row after another. Just as ornamental landscapers use creative groupings that arrange plants by color, texture and height, edible landscaping can be planted in visually stimulating layouts that are both pleasing to the eye and beneficial to the plants themselves.