Plants are great investments of natural capital for your garden as they give a long term return on their costs. As wood and concrete elements start to depreciate after installation by breaking down with weather, plants continue to mature over time and have very long lasting effects. They are great just for food and flower production but also as screening, fencing, or shading. Yet another use is as walkable groundcovers in pathways to replace the need for stone and other hardscapes. Plants are very cost effective and beautiful infrastructure components for any garden space.