What was once an entirely flat backyard now has exciting dimension, thanks to raised beds, an arbor and citrus trees around the perimeter. A winding path is intended to welcome residents and guests to wander through the edible garden.
If your patio isn’t far from the kitchen, why not grow something flavorful so you can snip fresh seasonings and add them to dinner? River Valley Landscaping put cooking herbs in the ground and containers for plantings as pretty as they are practical.
Microgardens can be created on roofs, balconies, small patios, fire escapes and small landscaped areas, using edibles as decorative and ornamental features instead of strictly edible plants, says urban gardener Melinda Myers.
This charming, rustic container is actually concrete made to look like a basket in Danielle Rollins edible garden. You can find these containers and other housewares on her online interior design site.
The SCAD Back40 garden has been planted not just to provide edibles, especially heirloom varieties like Carolina Gold rice related to the region, but ornamentals like these foxgloves, which make a functional, edible garden more beautiful.
What was once a slippery clay slope became a wonderful edible garden with the addition of terraced raised beds, steps and gravel treads. The gardens are only 4 feet wide, so they're easy to access from all sides.
Rollins has continued her navy and white theme with an oversized strawberry pot that also provides the perfect focal point in her edible garden. The wrought iron pagoda was sourced at Atlanta's Scott's Antiques Market and powder coated for a fresh finish.
This home's backyard wasn't huge, but the family who owned the home wanted space for their kids to play and space to grow an edible garden. Designers planned a lawn out of a series of connected circles, maximizing the yard's narrow shape. The trellis supports kiwi vines.
Microgardens can be as tiny as a few square inches in a container or several square feet in a garden bed, says Anne Gibson of themicrogardener.com. Here, a small raised garden bed is intensively planted with edibles.
For this backyard makeover, Jamie Durie had some of the existing plants trimmed back and cared for while new edibles were planted to fill out the orchard. Planter boxes and benches create a hidden enchanted garden.
When growing curbside edibles, raised beds can add fresh soil to avoid heavy metals or particulates that have deposited over many years but don’t dissipate. This hellstrip garden, featured in the book, "Hellstrip Gardening," is in Portland, Ore.