We are always looking for ways to diversify the typical urban landscape, and adding edible plants is gratifying for many reasons. Whether in traditional raised beds and planter boxes or interspersed with ornamentals, vegetables, fruit trees and berry bushes bring delight and focus to your gardens, while providing important forage for bees and butterflies.
For example, blueberries have striking red leaves in the fall; rhubarb has amazing foliage and surprising flower stalks; rainbow chard enlivens any container or border; and Oregon grape and Salal have edible berries that can be used for jams or saved for the birds. Our namesake tree, the native beaked hazel, loosens its catkins in the early spring and produces beautiful nuts in papery coverings. The creative possibilities are bountiful, flavorful and delightful.