Many of us have always entertained the idea of having a garden at home, but often use the excuse that we just don’t have enough space to do it. Or, we are lucky enough to have a small plot of land, but choose to fill it with grass, roses, hydrangeas, Japanese maples, or other ornamentals. These plants look nice, but don’t provide any value to us other than aesthetics. What if there was a way to still have gorgeous landscaping, even in a small space, while simultaneously creating value for the homeowner? Fortunately—there is! It’s called edible landscaping, or sometimes referred to as ‘foodscaping.’

Edible landscaping is the practical integration of food plants in an ornamental or decorative setting. The same design principles as ornamental landscaping are used, except edible plants such as blueberries, herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees are used in place of the otherwise unproductive plants and flowers. Foodscaping is equally as beautiful, and is a much more productive use of the soil. Using edibles in landscape design not only provides a unique ornamental component, but also provides healthy food and economic benefits. Why not slash your food bill while eating healthier?

Additionally, edible landscaping does not have to be entirely fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In fact, filling the yard with only edibles would often produce too…