Admittedly I have not yet read Food not Lawns by Heather C. Flores, so I will not be going into that subject. I will keep my front yard as is, manly because I have children and they need a place to play. Plus I like grass. What I will talk about is border gardening. This is something that I have done for years.
I do keep flowers in my beds, butterfly and hummingbird bushes and roses, I also naturalize my yard with tulips and daisies. We also decorate with more edible pretties as well. I have a whole flower bed dedicated to strawberries, mine is a flat bed, but there are products to make a tiered planter, or you can even hang them. Mixed in with my butterfly bushes are blueberry bushes. Melon grows along side my morning glory, and onions create a living border around my roses.
Herbs not only make a flower garden visually appealing, got to have curb appeal, but benefit you and your garden. I have aloe vera and yucca growing in a rock garden, basil planted around my deck to help repel mosquitoes and flies, borage borders my strawberries to attract honeybees, camomile is spread throughout my acreage as it tends to help improve the flavor of many different plants. I plant garlic around my fruit trees to protect them from borers. Hyssop has very pretty flowers and is used as a border around my grapes. And I have lavender growing outside [where they can't get to it] of the chicken coop to keep mice at bay.
Boarder gardening is a good way to have a productive yard that will not get you in trouble with your neighbors, or city codes.
The Compacting Garden Part I
The Compacting Garden Part II
The Compacting Garden Part III
Do you wish for me to continue to talk about gardening, or would you like to move on to something else?