My husband and mom shared the same vision of what a front yard should look like. They considered the idea of digging up the front yard tacky and feared we might even get in trouble with the city. I didn’t win this argument until the third year. The first year we planted a small amount in my side yard. The following two years we built raised beds in the front yard. Neighbors began stopping by and complimenting our plants. What my family realized is that edible plants are beautiful!
Cucumbers have gorgeous lobed green leaves with bright yellow flowers. The eggplant is adorned with star shaped purple flowers that look like they are painted with watercolors. Potatoes have clusters of five petal flowers with a variety of colors including white, pink, and purple. Chives are topped with purple puffballs on a long green stem. The puffballs look like a single flower, but it is actually a cluster of small flowers. The contrast between the nasturtium’s green disc shaped leaves and orange blossoms is stunning.
Don’t let lack of space or placement stop you from growing what you want. You can grow beautiful edible plants that top any landscaped flower beds. Best of all you can grow them wherever you want. Without apology go ahead and put your plants in the front yard, back yard, raised beds, in the ground, window boxes, or up a fence.