Sloat Garden Center's recommendations:
Substituting food-bearing trees, shrubs, vines and herbs for other non-edible ornamental plants in our garden, we add to the sustainable nature of our home gardens and landscapes. Many edible plants are beautiful as well as useful. Interplanted vegetables are usually less bothered by insect pests than when they are planted in neat monocrop rows. Combining edibles with traditional shrubs creates a more ecologically sound environment. Instead of a Ligustrum (privet), plant a lemon. Rather than Boxwood, try Rosemary. Plant a Feijoa (Pineapple Guava) instead of Callistemon (Bottlebrush)!
Herbaceous border edibles
These edibles combine well with flowering perennials and annuals: Artichoke, Eggplant, Lettuce, Tarragon, Chard, Peppers, Basil, Violas , Borage, Bush Beans, Jerusalem Artichoke, Chives, Nasturtium, Amaranth , Rhubarb, Oregano, Endive and Chicory, Kale, Fava Beans, Lemon Verbena, Parsley, Okra, Catnip , Sage, Cabbage.
Shrub border edibles
These plants can also be used for foundation planting: Blueberries, Viburnum opulus (Highbush Cranberry), Arbutus unedo, Pomegranate, Ugni molinae (Chilean Guava), Vaccinum (Huckleberries), Dwarf Citrus, Pernettya mucronata (Chilean Wintergreen), Caper, Feijoa (Pineapple Guava), Ribes spp. (Currents and Gooseberries), Mahonia (Oregon Grape), Sambucus nigra (Elderberry), Chaenomeles (Flowering quince-fruit makes great jelly), Rosemary, Laurus nobilis (Bay), Aronia (Chokecherry), Natal Plum, Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry) Salal.
Trees and screens
Apple, Loquat, Carob, Cherry, Standard Citrus, Crabapple, Plum, Almond, Paw Paw, Pear, Walnut, Black Mulberry, Fig, Olive, Asian Pear, Persimmon, Peach and Nectarine, Apricot.
Actinidia (Kiwi), Cucumbers (Annual), Pole Beans (annual), Small Melons or Pumpkins, Grapes, Bitter Melon (Annual), Runner Beans, Hops, Passiflora (Passion Vine), Peas (annual). Brambleberries, Raspberries, Blackberries can be trained along a fence
Drought tolerant plants featured on the show:
- Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)
- Fruitless Olive (Olea europa)
- Smoke Bush (Cotinus coggygria)
- Grevillea spp.
- Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
- Honey Bush (Melianthus major)
- Plumbago auriculata
- Pittosporum spp.
- Salvia Allen Chickering
- Assorted succulents: Agave, Aloe, Aeonium, Sedum
- Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
- Mexican Primrose (Oenothera)
- Dragon Tree (Cordyline)
- Myoporum parvifolium
Sloat Garden Center
700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
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