Eat Your Front Garden, which could be called the “invisible allotment,” offers suggestions for edible plants which are easily grown in ornamental gardens. The book gives detailed advice on how to grow and eat the produce from these plants, many of which you may already be growing. Your front garden won’t look like an allotment, but you’ll still get a significant amount of food out of it.
Section One: plants grown mainly for their flowers Dahlia 13 Daylily 25 Canna 33 Mallow 39 Amaranth 45 Garlic chives 55 Sunflower 63 Bellflowers 69 Stridolo 75 Section Two: plants grown mainly for their foliage Japanese ginger 81 Bamboo 87 Perilla 93 Earth chestnut 99 Red orach 103 Chop suey greens 107 Tiger nuts 113 Rock samphire 121 Chinese water celery 131 5 Section Three: plants grown mainly as climbers Mashua 139 Apios 151 Chinese yam 159 Caucasian spinach 165 Vine leaves 171 Hop shoots 177 Section Four: plants grown mainly for ground cover Crosnes 185 Nasturtium 191 Oca 197 Hosta 205 Section Five: plants grown mainly as hedging Japanese quince 215 Honeyberry 221 Fuschia 227 Section Six: resources A selection of seed & plant suppliers 234 Sundry suppliers 234 Further reading 235
Move over boring veg. plot and potter down Mat Coward's garden path to discover new culinary delights. Written from personal experience, this book reveals how dozens of both familiar and unusual plants can become homegrown ingredients in delicious meals. Now I'll be putting dahlias, day lilies, hostas and sunflowers on my menu. Truly inspiring. Adam Pasco, founder of Gardener's World magazine.