Edible Front Yard Garden

Edible landscaping is the incorporation of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers into an otherwise conventional landscape. This way of gardening was common in the past and is becoming popular again. Many of the edible plants in this garden change according to the season of the year. The purpose of the garden is to demonstrate specifically how to incorporate edibles into an already established ornamental garden. The intent is not to produce large amounts of food but to combine edible and ornamental plants in an aesthetically pleasing way so that beauty and some food production can be intertwined. These ornamental plants form the base for this garden.

Common NameScientific Name
Alternanthera 'Purple Knight'Alternanthera dentata
Althea, Rose of SharonHibiscus syriacus
American HollyIlex opaca
BegoniaBegonia semperflorens-cultorum
BottlebrushCallistemon citrinus 'Little John'
Bush Morning Glory (pink)Ipomoea fistulosa
Crape Myrtle (red)Lagerstroemia
DaisyChrysanthemum nipponicum
Day LilyHemerocallis fulva
Ducher RoseRose Ducher
Greek Oregano [See note.]Origanum vulgare var. hirtum
Hot Lips SalviaSalvia microphylla
Indian mallow, Superstition mallow, Palmer's abutilonAbutilon palmeri
Phlox '21st Century Blue Star' Phlox drummondii
Phlox '21st Century Scarlet'Phlox drummondii
Purple PassionfruitPassiflora edulis
Rosemary [See note.]Rosmarinus officinalis
Rudbeckia (large yellow)Rudbeckia maxima
Salvia "Augusta Duelberg", Mealy Cup SageSalvia farinacea 'Augusta Duelberg'
Salvia "Henry Duelberg", Mealy Cup Sage, Duelberg SageSalvia farinacea 'Henry Duelberg
Shrimp Plant (red)Justicia brandegeana
Trailing lobelia 'Riviera Blue Eyes'Lobelia erinus
Turk's Cap (white)Malvaviscus drummondii
VitexVitex agnus-castus

Note: Rosemary is a perennial edible herb.

Seasonal herb and vegetable recommendations in the landscape include these plants organized by season.

Common NameBotanical NameSeason
BorageBorago officinalisSpring
Bronze FennelFoeniculum vulgareFall - Spring
CardoonCynara cardunculus L.Fall - Spring
ChamomileMatricaria chamomillaFall - Spring
Kohlrabi, Purple Splendor Brassica OleraceaWinter
Malabar SpinachBasella alba, B. rubaSummer - Late Fall
Swiss ChardBeta vulgaris subsp. vulgarisFall - Summer
Winter Red KaleBrassica napus subsp. pabulariaFall - Early Spring

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