Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Edible Ornamentals – The Gourmet Garden
What could be more practical and stylish than a lush landscape that produces loads of luscious fresh food ripe for the picking? Whether it's a bounty of colorful fruit on gracefully branching trees, vine-covered trellises hanging with scrumptious tropical fruit, paths lined with fragrant herbs, or containers filled with citrus, edible ornamentals are easy-to-grow, gorgeous, and rewarding for your health.
Feijoa sellowiana – Pineapple Guava
– This versatile and attractive evergreen shrub produces a display of sweet, edible flowers from May to June that can be used in fruit salads or jams then ripen to delicious pineapple-flavored fruit in the fall. Feijoas respond well to pruning and can easily be shaped to any desired form. They make an excellent hedge or container plant. Feijoa is remarkably pest-and disease-resistant.
Orange 'Washington Navel'
– For delicious, juicy, easy-peeling, seedless oranges, the Washington Navel can't be beat. This tree exudes sunshine in the middle of winter with its glossy green leaves and loads of cheerful colorful oranges that remind everyone of warmer summer days. Fragrant flowers in spring.
– This unusual perennial adds architectural interest to the landscape with long, arching lobed leaves and a silver-green color. This thistle can reach 4 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. The edible buds should be harvested while they are tight and firm and about 3 inches in diameter. Unharvested buds will open into large purple flowers..
– This pomegranate is prized for its extra large juicy fruit that has an exquisite wine-like flavor and can be used in juices, jellies, or eaten fresh. This lovely tree will grow up to 20 feet tall but can be pruned to a much smaller size or left as a sprawling shrub. The flowers of the Wonderful pomegranate are the brightest red and the gorgeous red fruit ripens in September and will last on the tree for weeks.
Fig 'Black Mission'
– The resilient and highly adaptable fig tree can be grown outdoors, in a container, as an espalier against a wall, or pruned to almost any size or shape. The large distinctive leaves and stemfuls of large, pear shaped, purplish-black fruit will delight every lover of sweet tasty figs. The fruit ripens late summer to fall and is delicious in desserts and appetizers.
– These trees are highly desirable for their hardiness and crisp, sweet fruit. Persimmon trees are extremely decorative in fall when the foliage turns a vivid yellow, orange, or red, followed by the deep-orange fruit that often clings to the bare branches of the tree long after the leaves have fallen. The Fuyu ripens in November and is as sweet and crisp as an apple and can be used in baking.
– Garden Sage – An aromatic evergreen sub-shrub with downy foliage that varies in color from gray to gray-green. The camphor scented, purple-blue flowers, which appear in mid-summer are exceptionally attractive. Pruning encourages young shoots with a strong flavor that enhances sauces, stuffing, and salads.