We often have clients who request specific things for their gardens. Many times those requests are purely functional or perhaps budget related, but sometimes we get really awesome suggestions.
For this garden, we were asked to incorporate a number of unique edible plants in order to appease the inquisitive nature of the fruit loving child of the household. Our designer, Kelly Sullivan of Botanique Flowers, did a wonderful job including lots of wonderful plants including Chilean guava, a cherry tree, an apple tree, blueberries, huckleberries, gooseberries, and more! We also incorporated a small hugelcultur bed in the front yard with herbs and strawberries, as well as a small winecap mushroom patch.
To help enjoy their new front yard oasis of edible goodness, we put in a lovely patio space, a couple of raised bed troughs for vegetable growing, and planted out the parking strips in the front and sides of the house. These parking strips are full of aromatic, drought tolerant plants that will do well in our northwest summers and winters. They are also pollinator friendly, which will bring all the bees and hummingbirds to the yard.
I'm excited to see the bounty in the coming years, as we look forward to maintaining and sustaining this delectable edible garden space.
Author Susan MacLaren
Stone Soup Gardens is a full service edible landscaping company specializing in beautiful sustainable gardens, connecting folks to their environment and their food.