Edible gardening trend
Do you find yourself designing a lot more edibles into your garden designs these days? I know I certainly do, and especially appreciate plants that keep on giving over a long season and also look ornamental in the process. Right now I am especially enjoying eating the White Alpine Strawberries that just don't quit, Southern Highbush Blueberries with lots of ripe berries, and seeing all the young fruit forming on apples/pears/apricots and plums around town. Tangerines and Mandarins are another virtually fool proof local crop that don't need the extra heat and coddling to get sweet fruit as do most oranges.
I find it especially useful to use blank wall spaces with espaliered trees such as figs, apples and pears or berries such as blackberry and raspberry. I'm including a photo of Giant Italian Dinosaur Kale from a client's garden in the Oakland Hills, who had specifically requested packing in as many edible plants as possible into the design, but also wanted it to look pretty all year round. I think we succeeded, and it is fun to work in the garden and continuously pop homegrown food into my mouth while gardening.
Here is a link that might be useful: Italian Dinosaur Kale