Flowers can really dress up a home, but they can also be useful. Some flowers are edible and can be used to dress up salads while other flowers are useful in pest control. Finally, some herbs can be both attractive and useful in cooking. Thinking about how you will use the flowers you plant can help to create a yard that will be more than nice to look at.
Whether you are going to grow your own salad fixings or you are constrained to buy lettuce packs from the store, you should consider growing edible flowers in front of your house or even in your window sill. The key to remember is that not every flower is tasty and some are dangerous if eaten. However, if you are looking for some flowers to help you dress up a salad, nasturtiums, marigolds, and carnations are all edible and commonly available.
Using Flowers to Help with Insect Control
One concern when you grow a garden is that some insects can get into your garden and cause problems, while other insects are beneficial to your garden. If you spray commercially available, chemical pesticides on your garden, you may indiscriminately kill insects, not to mention that residue from these pesticides can taint your food. If you are looking for a more natural and beneficial way to control which insects access your garden or even your yard, consider using flowers. For example, artemisia can be used to deter insects. You can plant artemisia in a border around garden or even as a border around a patio to create a boundary that will deter most insects. If you want more targeted pest control than you can get with artemisia, planting sunflowers near your garden can draw aphids and ants away from your delicate garden plants. On the other hand, if you want to attract beneficial insects to you garden, plant other plants such as bee balm in your garden to attract, no surprise here, bees. What's more, these plants are just a few examples of how flowers can be used to control insect access to your garden.
Herbs as Decoration
Some plants have beneficial properties even it they can't be used to dress up a salad like nasturtiums can. Planting herbs like oregano, rosemary, thyme, and sage in your flower garden may not add much in the way of color, but they can add a lot of texture. For example, you can use low lying sage as a border for a flower garden, or you could plant thyme in between the pavers in a garden path. Rugged types of thyme can handle the abuse of people walking on it and will release a pleasant aroma when stepped on. As an additional benefit, you can use your herbs in your cooking instead of running down to the store to buy fresh herbs if and when they are available.
We often look at flowers as purely ornamental. Not so fast. Flowering plants and herbs can change the way you interact with your yard. In particular, think about how you can use your flowers, yes, to dress up your landscaping, but also to control insect life in your yard and add flare to your cooking. For more information, contact a local landscaper (such as The Hilltop Landscape Architects & Contractors).