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.
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.
"I always joke that I'm going to force people to have a lifestyle whether they want one or not" says designer Danielle Rollins, of her cohesive, beautiful approach to life seen in her own Atlanta home's outdoor design scheme. Part of making her garden work: blooms all year round in a consistent color palette and a focused navy and white color scheme that plays out throughout the garden, from the outdoor fabrics to the architectural features to the containers like this whimsical strawberry pot in her edible garden.
This garden's palette was inspired by house's exterior. Paths invite exploration through the various edible plants. Garden beds on either side of the walkway were raised slightly, then planted with purple smoke bush and silver olive trees to give the residents more privacy.
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.
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.