Many of the foods we eat don't come from annual crops like corn and tomatoes. These fruits and herbs are harvested from long lived trees, vines, shrubs and perennials that have long been a part of the landscaper's palette. Today we are turning back to these plants to integrate into landscapes in lieu of strictly ornamental species. This concept brings edibles into the everyday living of homeowners too busy or where space is too limited to designate a specialized garden for food. This list is the definitive one for showing you and your designer exactly what's possible for your new landscape design. The more of these you integrate into the plan the more diverse your harvest will be in the future.

Plant Type Hardiness Deciduous Flower Fall Foliage Edible Parts Use

Artichoke

Perennial

Moderate

No

Purple

No

Flower bud

Border, pots

Asparagus

Perennial

Moderate

Yes

No

No

Shoots

Background

Avocado

Tree

Tender

No

No

No

Fruit

Shade, background

Banana

Tree

Tender

No

Cream

No

Fruit

Tropical accent

Bay Laurel

Tree

Moderate

No

White

No

Leaf seasoning

Shade, topiary, background

Blueberry

Shrub

Hardy

Yes

White, bell

Yes

Fruits

Hedge, specimen,background

Citrus

Tree

Tender

No

White, fragrant

No

Fruit

Shade, hedge

Currant

Shrub

Hardy

Yes

Red

Yes

Fruit

Border

Fennel

Perennial

Moderate

Yes

Yellow

No

Leaf, bulb, seasoning

Accent

Fig

Tree

Tender

Yes

Cream

No

Fruit

Shade

Grape

Vine

Hardy

Yes

Small

Yes

Fruit, young leaf

Shade

Kiwi

Vine

Moderate

Yes

Small

No

Fruit

Arbor

Lavender

Subshrub

Moderate

No

Blue, fragrant

No

Foliage, seasoning herb

Border, pots

Natal plum

Shrub

Tender

No

White, fragrant

No

Fruit

Border, pots

Olive

Tree

Moderate

No

Cream

No

Fruit

Shade, accent

Oregano

Perennial

Moderate

Yes

Cream

No

Leaves, seasoning

Border, pots

Pineapple Guava

Shrub, sm. Tree

Moderate

No

Red

No

Fruit

Hedge, accent

Pomegranate

Shrub

Moderate

Yes

Coral red

Yes

Fruit

Specimen

Raspberry & bramble fruits

Vine bramble

Hardy

Yes

White

Yes

Fruit

Hedge, espalier

Rosemary

Shrub

Moderate

No

Blue

No

Foliage, seasoning herb

Border, pots

Stone Fruits (apple, pear)

Tree

Hardy

Yes

Pink, white

Yes

Fruit

Shade, accent

Strawberry

Perennial

Moderate

Yes

White

No

Fruit

Groundcover, pots

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