Trees, Shrubs and Flowers vs. Edible Plants
For many home owners the issue of limited landscaping space steers them toward the inevitable debate of installing ornamental landscape plants vs. vegetable garden plants. Quite simply, you can have both types of landscaping plantings in your landscape, particularly since many landscape plants and trees are fruit bearing as well as ornamental. Cheery trees, like hardy apple trees, blossom each spring and bear fruit throughout the summer. Citrus orange, lemon and grapefruit trees offer tasty treats as well as aesthetic color.
If your ground space is limited in your property, you can still enjoy a variety of edible plant in your landscape with the aid of container gardening. Containers offer landscapers to garden in small areas and can be grouped together on patios and near edges. Grow your veggies above ground and even hang them in containers to maximize your space. Brightly colored pottery or hand painted clay pots can make these edible plants ornamental as well. Even the plainer vegetable can become aesthetically pleasing parts of your above ground or hanging garden with beautifully ornate ethnic pottery. Garden landscape magazines are a great resource for design ideas of ornamental containers.