New England

July, 2011
Regional Report

Books

Edible Landscaping
For more ideas and information about incorporating edible plants into your landscape in inventive ways, check out these books:

The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Solder (Timber Press, 2011, $19.95) provides inspiration and information on designing a beautiful and productive landscape front and center.

Food, Not Lawns by Heather Flores (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006, $25) gives practical information on creating a garden that provides food, promotes biodiversity, and encourages the growth of stronger neighborhoods and communities.

Landscaping with Fruit by Lee Reich (Storey Publishing, 2009, $19.95) covers both familiar fruits like blueberries and strawberries and more unusual choices, like paw paw, gumi, and seaberry, along with information and suggestions for ways to use them effectively in your landscape.

Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy (Sierra Club Books, 2010, $39.95). This is the "bible" of the subject, the book that started it all. This newly-revised edition of the 1982 classic shows gardeners how to incorporate edible plants into ornamental garden design for a landscape that is both attractive and productive. With general information on design, including solving small-space challenges, as well as an extensive encyclopedia of edibles, along with lots of gorgeous photos, this book will both inspire and guide you.

Favorite or New Plant

Golden Beauty Bracteantha
One of my favorite choices for low-maintenance container plantings is Proven Winners Sundaze Golden Beauty%% bracteantha (Bracteantha bracteata 'Flobragbi'). These cheerful, bright yellow strawflowers thrive in full sun, shrug off heat and drought, and don't require deadheading. Growing about 10 inches tall, their upright, mounded habit combines well with trailing plants. I have mine in a container that sits in the hot sun on a paved driveway, set off by the deep blue cascade of scaevola, or blue fan flower, another Australian native that thrives in the heat. Regular fertilization keeps both these plants happy all season long.

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