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Extraordinary ornamental edibles : 100 perennials, trees, shrubs and vines for Canadian gardens / Mike Lascelle
Publication Information:
Madeira Park, British Columbia : Douglas & McIntyre, 2018.

Physical Description:
xv, 272 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.


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635.0971 LAS Book Adult General Collection

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Growing your own food continues to gain popularity, but planting and tending vegetables every year certainly requires more effort than the ease of maintaining a backyard full of well-established hardy perennials. Now, with the help of this volume, gardeners can have the best of both worlds by planning a garden full of edible perennials that are both gorgeous and easy-to-maintain. From Akebia vine, with its scented flowers and tasty purple-skinned seed pods, to shade-loving Japanese Zingiber--there are so many options for Canadian gardeners beyond the traditional veggie plot.

One hundred of the most notable trees, shrubs, vines and perennials are highlighted for both their aesthetic and edible appeal, with each entry including such information as ideal exposure, water needs, pollination requirements, harvesting and food preparation suggestions.

More than just a listing of delicious plants, Extraordinary Ornamental Edibles is also a comprehensive guide to the edible landscape as a whole with sensible information about microclimates, pollinators, pests, ecological concerns, organic gardening tips, container growing, space-saving espaliers for small spaces, propagation, grafting, pruning, and design essentials--such as selecting edible ground covers and choosing plants for fall colour. Also included are culinary suggestions and recipes for everything from herbal teas to tempura.

From cold-tolerant cultivars of exotic fruit such as the new hardy lemon or yuzu, to surprising varieties of better-known garden staples, like columnade apple trees suitable to growing in pots and blueberries that bear pink fruit, this volume details the full range of unique and exciting options, making it an inspiring and easy-to-reference A-to-Z guide to growing extraordinary ornamental edibles across Canada.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

This attractive and informative guide from arborist and gardening columnist Lascelle (A Place in the Rain) introduces readers to an array of plants and trees that can add both beauty and produce to gardens. Some, such as crab apples, raspberries, and cranberries, will be familiar, but there are also unexpected turns; Lascelle recommends nibbling the flowers and young shoots of hosta plants and the blossoms of lilac, wisteria, and electric daisies, as well as drinking sumac lemonade. More surprising is his list of what can be grown in at least in some areas of Canada, including figs, olives, bamboo, and banana. Each entry is only two pages, including notes on edibility, species, geographic origins, hardiness, growing and harvest times, and requirements for sun, water, pollination, and pruning, as well as a large color photo or two. A serious green thumb may be required to grow some of these edibles, but this book will certainly provide the inspiration and information to get started. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.