Monday, July 18, 2011

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it." - Confucius

Swiss Chard
When most people think about vegetable gardens, usually the word 'beautiful' isn't one of the first words that come to mind. This season as each day has gone by, I've watched my garden come to life. Sometimes it just leaves me breathless. When I walk back into the house after spending some time out there, sometimes I look at my husband and all I can say is

"I have a beautiful garden" 

Now, I know I'm a little (or a lot) biased because it's kind of my baby but I think the foliage and blooms on some edible plants are just as lovely as some of the ornamental plants we regularly use if not more so. 

Foliage from carrots, opal basil and pepper plants

Snow peas

Potatoes in bloom

Marigold next to cucumber flowers



So, I've been thinking about edible landscaping a lot lately. So many ideas have been swirling around in my head. 

Asparagus and Swiss Chard

I'm feeling inspired, to create a beautiful edible landscaping design. If I can come up with one, I'll share it with you


  1. I'm excited to hear about your edible landscaping ideas.

    We've working on strawberries, rhubarb, grapes and raspberries as longer-term edible landscaping, but our front yard still looks pretty plain. I have a preference for eating what I grow so I'm on the lookout for good ideas.

    (I'm the Fridley Farmer)

  2. Hello Fridley Farmer!
    I've got strawberries, rhubarb, grapes and raspberries as well. Gotta take advantage of the edible perennials we can actually have here, right? I think I read on your blog that you were interested in training trees. I've been fascinated by espaliered fruit trees lately. I'm thinking about creating a live fence of them around my raised garden. If only money were as abundant as ideas! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Please feel free to let me know if there are any specific plants you guys would want to use in an edible landscape. I want to use things that people will actually eat!

  3. You DO have a beautiful garden! I'm working on edible landscaping as well. One of my first projects, I'm pretty sure, will be hardy perennial herbs for the side yard.

  4. Thank you! You do too! What zone are you in, 9? Ooooh jealousy...
    I hope you post pictures if you do that!

  5. Wonderful photos!

    I'm working on changing my yard over as well. I had sage and rosemary up already, but added cabbages, beets (those ones with the red ribbing), strawberries, and am in the process of putting in blueberry bushes for my foundation shrubs.

    I love seeing people's gardens, please keep writing about yours :)

  6. I love that swiss chard!! I started some from seed this year but I don't notice the red veins on mine. I hope it will turn red when it matures! Beautiful!!


  7. Thank you guys! Oooh blueberry bushes for foundation shrubs...that's a good idea, if I could not kill them this time! :/

    Thank you Amy, I think this Swiss Chard was called 'bright lights'? I chose it because of all of the different colors it's supposed to grow in because I thought the kids would like it but it turns out that no one in this house finds it more amusing than I do! Go figure!

  8. Humm... maybe I got a different kind, one that has only green leaves. Shoot, I was excited about the red veins! Oh well, at least I will know for next year.