Beauty – Vegetables and Herbs

Plants Love You™ and can make you happy.

 

Adding edible plants to flower gardens combines both beauty and good taste.

 

Edible gardens full of vegetables and herbs are popping up in more and more spaces around our homes. No longer relegated to a rectangular patch of ground, we see edible plants thriving in patio planters, hanging baskets and window boxes alongside their traditional garden beds.

 

Edible plants have grown in popularity with consumers thinking more about locally grown food and food safety. One surprise with edible plants has been their use in ornamental gardens. The traditional ornamental gardens of the past had flowers on one side of the house and vegetables often hidden in the back yard. Suddenly we are seeing a fusion of ornamental and edible plants co-mingled in garden designs.    

 

Edible plants like kale and Italian parsley are being added to flower gardens for their great texture and rich dark colours. Dwarf dill, with its lacy foliage, is used to soften a corner of a patio planting while adding tumbling tomatoes to spill over the side of hanging baskets adds drama to the flowering bacopa and lobelia. 

 

Convenience is one reason for this trend as we continue to spend more time enjoying our outdoor living spaces. Now while you relax with a good book on the deck, you can at the same time be clipping off a sprig of mint for that mojito, or popping a cherry tomato in your mouth for a quick and healthy snack. 

 

Studies show that we are happier when we are around flowers and plants. One area we are leaning more about is how being around plants improves our social interactions. Plants make us work and live better together. So adding more edible plants and flowers to places where we socialize with others makes perfect sense. 

 

So plant your garden with both flowers and edible plants and enjoy good times and good taste.
 

Plants Love You™ and can make you happy.

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Resources:

Kuo, F. E. et al. 1998. Fertile Ground for Community: Inner-City Neighborhood Common Spaces. American Journal of Community Psychology 26 (6): 823-851

 

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