Three Edible Plants That Are Gorgeous Enough to Plant in Your Front Yard
One of today's top trends in residential landscape design is using edible plants outside of traditional backyard vegetable gardens. Although rows of corn and beans probably aren't aesthetically appealing enough to take center stage in your front yard, there are plenty of other plants that are both beautiful and tasty. The following are three of them.
Thyme makes an excellent ground cover for areas that need a tough pest- and disease-resistant plant that excels in areas that receive full sun. Because thyme is drought resistant, planting it will help you save in utility costs. Thyme is a good, all-purpose culinary herb that works well in a variety of recipes—you can sprinkle it over egg dishes, use it in an herb mixture to rub on roast chicken or pork roasts, or use it in stews. If your area experiences heavy frost, expect thyme to die back in autumn and return in spring. To enjoy this herb all winter long, pick some, dry it in a food dryer, or place it in a baking sheet in a 200-degree oven for half an hour and then place it in a clean mason jar with a lid.
Kale is a beautiful plant that comes in vivid red, purple, and green shades. Curly-leafed varieties provide added visual interest. You can harvest mature leaves for the dinner table while leaving the younger ones intact. Because kale is so gorgeous, it's best used as a specimen planting in a container near the front entrance of your home. Kale performs well in partial shade and will die back after a hard frost. Unlike thyme, kale is an annual and won't come back when spring provides warmer weather, but it grows well from seed and can be blanched and frozen for use in winter meals.
Cherry tomatoes are excellent choices for hanging baskets in places that receive abundant sunlight. Because these baskets are off the ground, they aren't plagued by the type of soil organisms that love to feast on tomatoes, such as earthworms and slugs, and harvesting the tomatoes is easy if you hang them at eye level or slightly higher. Cherry tomatoes from the same plant don't all ripen at the same time, so you'll have freshly picked tomatoes for weeks from late summer on. Cherry tomatoes won't come back the next year, but like kale, they grow easily from seed.
Please feel free to reach out to a company such as The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors at your convenience for more ideas on how to craft a beautiful edible landscape you'll be proud to show off in your front yard.