Rosemary, Horseradish and Miscanthus 'Morning Light'
Kitchen gardens can be beautiful all on their own. Anyone who has seen a really well designed and well tended kitchen garden knows that the lettuce, eggplants, herbs and climbing beans can be stunning all on their own. Throw in a few Nasturtiums and sunflowers and you have an edible paradise. However for those suburban and urban gardeners with limited space and time, working edibles in amongst trusty year round garden workers like evergreen shrubs or returning perennials can be best possible option. With that in mind I offer just a few suggestions and photos from my own makeshift landscape to get you thinking about changes that could be made to your little gardening oasis this fall. If early fall is the best time to plant the majority of shrubs, trees and perennials then the ultra hot days of summer may be a great time to peruse those catalogs and gardening books for advice. If you already have a good base of permanent plantings look for textural and color combinations that could be created by adding some edibles into your landscape. Don't forget the fruiting trees and shrubs that can do double duty by adding structure to your space as well as some fantastic treats to taste!
Here are some more of my happy accidents...
Bright Lights Red Swiss Chard, Petunias, Italian Parsley and 'Siam Queen' Basil
Tomato, Pinnapple Lilly, and Tropicanna Canna