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I am really impressed and excited by the number of people I visit who would like to have an edible garden incorporated into their garden design. There is an increasing interest in growing and harvesting food from our gardens. Not only are the health benefits from growing your own food good for the mind body and soul, edible gardens can make a fantastic feature in your landscape.

When we design an edible garden the goal is to make it functional but also aesthetically pleasing. Add flowers, culinary and medicinal herbs, espaliered fruit trees, berries topiary, pots and ornaments or water features.

• Annual culinary herbs: basil, dill, summer savory, parsley, corriander, chervil, chammomile
• Perennial culinary herbs: mint, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, chives, sage
• Herbs used for tea: mint, lemon verbena, chamomile, Lemon balm, Echinacea

Whether it is a traditional Potager garden, lines and rows or a more relaxed organic approach incorporating a space for fruit and vegetables in to your garden is something that will add value to your life and property.

Written By : Charlotte Pedersen, Espaso verde Landscape Design For Blaze Magazine, Hawkes Bay
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