12 Jul 2011

Are front lawns a useless waste of space? - Some Edible Garden Ideas


Vegetables and herbs grow best in a sunnny spot. My sunniest spot is the front driveway. I've never considered it before as I felt it would be too crammed with all the cars in the driveway (three cars and a boat!) but I'm now warming to the idea of putting herbs and vegetables in any space possible.

The first thing to do is to decide on herbs and veggies that look ornamental and that blend in with any other flowers or at least look like they are a shrub. I absolutely love deep purple and red leaves and have found red basil. It should be sowed under glass and can be planted out in May. They will grow into strong plants each year.

A beautiful and delicate looking herb are chives with their delicate purple flowers and long green stems.

Succulent wall at Design your Revolution

Swiss Chard

Coloured lettuce


Aji Yellow Chillis

Choose herbs that grow low level or have an unusual colour. Pick perennials that are hardy and can cope with frost and all weathers. Don't be afraid to use containers, place them at different levels for a waterfall effect. Dwarf fruit trees also add visual interest and are deisgned to only reach a metre tall yet still yield lots of fruit.

Woman Faces Jail Time For Growing Vegetable Garden in Her Own Front Lawn

But be careful, In America, a lady has had criminal charges bought against her for growing vegetables in her own front yard. Incredible but true! She used tomato trellis and planters, obtained permission from neighbours and planners who later decidedthat it wasn't suitable. I will be intrigued to see what the outcome of this case will be. Read more at abc News

The White House Front Vegetable Garden
First Lady Michelle Obama in a bid to dissolve child obesity has created a new veg planting scheme at the White House. She is growing spinach, peas, lettuce, broccoli, blueberries, raspberries amongst other veg and herbs.

Sidewalk garden

Read more front vegetable gardens at Sustainable Transition

What about a portable planter? Like this one at Furnish

Are front lawns a useless waste of space?

Have you turned your front lawn into a vegetable heaven, send me your pics and share your experiences.


  1. Lavender and allium always looks great in the garden.

    Check out High Country Gardens Video Tutorials on Youtube!


  2. I was thinking about using Lavender along the edge of a path but wondered if it looked too 80s?