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Anybody else regret planting ornamentals over fruit trees?

9 years ago

Ornamental trees, shrubs, and vines definitely have their place and purpose, but more and more I kick myself for planting a non-edible species when I "just wanted a little shade" somewhere, or "some foliage" somewhere else.

The amount of money I have wasted on plants that died is way more for ornamentals over the years than it is for fruiting plants. But it is also way more difficult to find the right edible species, especially locally, to substitute for the ornamental plants.

What are your great finds for dual purpose edible landscape plants?

What works well in your climate for a pretty shrub that also provides food, or a fast-growing fruiting vine that can provide shade on a trellis?

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