Edible Ground Cover
Sometimes there might be some reasons for you to consider planting some edible ground cover plants instead of some common ones. The edible plants can provide some delicious fruits or vegetables for your family to save you some expenses on the food. Also, most people are not allergic to plants which produce delicious fruits on it. It is a good choice to do so if you are in such case. Actually, you have a number of options to choose from to decorate your backyard.
As a member of the berry plants, Cranberries can produce delicious red berries for you. Their leaves will turn from green to red in autumn, making a good landscaping choice for your garden border. The berries can be used to make jams or fruit pies. They need very little maintenance if full sunlight is available for their growth. They like hot weathers and soil with a PH value slightly lower than 7. The minor acidic soil will make them grow happily. Some usage of organic compost will boost their growth as well.
Apart from some berry fruits, you can also consider planting some herbs in your garden if the ground cover plants need to be stepped from time to time. Some herbs like mint and thyme can resist some stepping on them and produce some edible leaves for you. Thyme is a good choice to fill the gaps between rocks and bricks. They are fragrant all the time which will attract insects to come and bring extra value for your home. Mint is another common plant for edible purposes in home gardens. They can also tolerate some walking traffic on them. If you want to use them in the kitchen, some large leaf species should be your first choice due to their taste. Also, some parsley species can also be a good option for you. They have bright green foliage which will perfectly match your color flowers.
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