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Simply Edible Landscapes

Are you a little bored with your usual grown edibles? Are you wanting to include more variety to your landscape edibles as well as your kitchen menu? There are a lot more options we may not be aware of. The best form of edibles are those that are self-sufficient; where you just have to harvest them when they and you are ready.

Keep in mind, when you are eating from your landscape, you want to keep all of it healthy, which includes what you spray on the plants. Pesticides make any item that would be edibles not so. Imagine spraying ant killer on your apple right before taking a big juicy bite. This also applies to the place that you purchase your plants. Avoid getting your plants from unknown sources and nurseries that have sprayed pesticides. Also pay attention to any sprays that your neighbor may be using. Use permaculture techniques to ensure pest control and healthy plants to eat

Edibles can be found in annual, perennial, vine, shrub and tree form. Many parts of the plants are edible. But that does not mean they will be palatable, so try small amounts at first and see if you like them. Nearly all of the plants discussed are full of healthy vitamins and minerals, some of which are often no longer found in the foods we consume regularly. So simply adding them to our normal dishes will also make the entire meal healthier. And surprisingly, most of the plants are easy maintenance, perennial and can provide a lifetime of healthy food for you and your family. Home grown food is healthier for you and easier on your budget

I have put a list together of good edibles outside the norm option for you to try:

Tropaeolum majus - Nasturtium

Tagetes lucida - Mexican Tarragon

Viola odorata - Hardy Violet

Rosa spp - Roses (Heirloom preferable)

Syringa spp. - Lilac

Lavandula angustifolia - English Lavender

Salvia officinalis - Culinary Sage

Anthriscus cerefolium - Common Chervil

Calendula officinalis - Pot Marigold

Monarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’ - Raspberry Wine Bee Balm

Allium schoenoprasum - Chives

Allium cernuum - Nodding Onion

Agastache foeniculum - Anise Hyssop

Hibiscus syriacus - Rose of Sharon

Alcea rosea - Hollyhock

Mahonia aquifolium - Oregon Grape Holly

Ribes rubrum - White, Red, and Black Currant

Ribes grossularia - Gooseberry

Sambucus canadensis - Adams Elderberry

Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ - Autumn Brilliance Apple Serviceberry

Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ - Tiger Eyes Sumac

Dianthus spp. - Pinks

Cucurbita pepo - Zucchini

Lilium lancifolium or Lilium tigrinum - Tiger Lily

Hemerocallis spp - Daylily

Taraxacum officinale vulgare - Dandelion

Urtica dioica - Stinging Nettle

Fragaria vesca - Alpine Strawberry

Tilia cordata - Greenspire Linden

Yucca filamentosa - Adam’s Needle Yucca

Caragana arborescens - Siberian Peashrub

Allium ursinum - Wild Garlic

Campanula persicifolia - Bell Flower

Most of these have edible leaves and flowers. Onions have bulbs and roses have hips that you eat. Harvest flowers when in bloom and leaves before they bloom.

In conclusion, there are a lot of options for your landscape that are edible and would be well worth the taste test.

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