Thinking about what to do with your landscape this spring? One of the hottest new trends in the landscaping industry is growing an edible landscape. Many home owners are choosing native plants for their gardens, and an edible landscape compliments this native plant movement, especially here in Rhode Island.

What is Edible Landscaping?

Edible landscaping is the use or incorporation of plants in one’s yard or garden that can be eaten. This type of landscaping can either serve as a food source, an aesthetic appeal, or both. Many homeowners opt for edible landscaping in order to get rid of otherwise unproductive plants. There are species of plants that aren’t native to the Northeast that require extensive care, whereas fruits and vegetables naturally found in the area require less work.

Examples of Edible Plants

Although we don’t live in a tropical climate, that doesn’t mean there aren’t edible plants that are naturally found in Rhode Island. Edible plants such as lettuces, apple trees, root vegetables and squash thrive in temperate climates. Many of these plants also offer up their gorgeous spring and summertime blooms. Add some color to your yard with blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.

Designing an Edible Landscape

Because many edible plants are often unruly and need to be trimmed (or else they could take over your garden!), always be sure to have plenty of yard space for what you plan on planting. Talk with your professional landscaping company such as Premier Landscape to determine the layout of your edible garden.

The key is to create definitive lines and structure. You can do this by breaking up the edibles with ornamental plants just suited for aesthetics. Keep in mind that the goal here is to not only diversify your garden, but also your table!

Contact Premier Landscape in Newport, RI today to discuss plans for your new edible landscape.