Garden To Table
Our edible landscapes feature vegetable patches, herb gardens, fruit bearing bushes and fruit trees that offer the freshest possible organic produce, as well as eye-catching design. These can be stand-alone, crafted environments on raised beds, or thoughtfully integrated into a master design that also features native flowers and grasses.
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Edible landscapes, also known as foodscaping, can feature plants such as raspberry bushes, echinacea, kale, Swiss chard, corn and culinary sage that pack a highly nutritious punch and great aesthetic appeal at the same time. And it doesn’t get more sustainable (or inexpensive!) than sourcing your groceries steps from your backdoor, no cashier or fossil fuels required.
The Many Benefits of Edible Landscapes
Let’s examine in closer detail the echinacea flower as an example of the benefits of edible landscaping. Drought-tolerant with gorgeous purple flowers, it was for centuries and continues to be used by Native Americans to treat many ailments. Today it is recognized for its immune-boosting properties, and is an over-the-counter herbal remedy for the common cold, often consumed as tea. It is also used to aid digestion and fight inflammation. Store-bought echinacea tea may have been sourced thousands of miles away, possibly in Europe or Asia; harvested and transported with gas-guzzling machines; sent to a factory, then a warehouse, then a supermarket, then driven home. You don’t need to be an economist or ecologist to know it makes more sense to walk to your yard and make the tea for free.
Pollinators Get A Meal Too
Furthermore, pollinators such as bees and butterflies appreciate edible flowers as much as we do and can be enticed when planted with non-edible native plants within a landscape. Edible landscapes are beautiful, sustainable, pollinator-friendly renewable resources that are a win-win in any Colorado garden. It’s the ultimate expression of locally sourced and organic, which are the foundations of the recent farm-to-table revolution.
From foodscaping to chicken coops and beehives, Matrix Gardens can help your landscape truly come alive, be bountiful and fruitful, so your family and the ecosystem can thrive together. As our founder would say, “Landscapes are more than a pretty picture.”
Contact Matrix today to discuss your edible landscape project.