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Grow Edible and Flowering Plants Together

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Make your garden do double duty. Here are five regional garden plans for growing edible and ornamental plants together.

regional garden plans for growing vegetables and flowering plants together

Not sure whether to plant a pretty garden or a productive one? You can have both when you mix edible and ornamental plants. Here are five regional plans for a garden that’s as handsome as it is hardworking.


pacific plan


A multistem Yaupon holly is the focal point in this mixed garden bed. It’s joined by vegetables, herbs and even fruit. Marigolds and variegated wintercreeper provide season-long color, while English lavender chimes in with powerful flower hues in mid- to late summer. A trellis gives cucumbers a support for climbing.

Plant list:

  1. Marigold (Tagetes spp.), annual
  2. English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Zones 5–8
  3. Yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria), Zones 7–11
  4. Wintercreeper (Euonymous fortunei), Zones 5–9
  5. Tomato (Lycopersicon spp.), annual
  6. Basil (Ocimum basilicum), annual
  7. Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), Zones 2–8
  8. Cucumber (Cucumis sativus), annual


north garden plan


Color is abundant in this edible and ornamental garden bed—from the bright blooms of annual and perennial flowers to the berried shrubs. Seven of the nine species have culinary or medicinal uses. The two exceptions—marigolds and perennial sunflowers—offer a visual feast for humans and a seed-laden banquet for birds.

Plant list:

  1. Marigold (Tagetes spp.), annual
  2. Alpine currant (Ribes alpinum), Zones 2–6
  3. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), Zones 5–11
  4. Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium), Zones 2–8
  5. Basil (Ocimum basilicum), annual
  6. Perennial sunflower (Helianthus x multiflorus), Zones 5–9
  7. Bee balm (Monarda didyma), Zones 4–10
  8. Peppers (Capsicum annuum), annual
  9. Rhubarb (Rheum spp.), Zones 3–9


south garden plan


A miniature apple tree anchors this front-yard garden bed, which also includes some familiar vegetables and herbs. Onions and chives have long since finished blooming, but no worries as they’re supplanted by colorful sage and daylilies. Tomatoes, peppers and basil are peaking, while spring-planted beets are nearing the finish line but still adding color with their red stems.

Plant list:

  1. Apple (Malus spp.), Zones 5–8
  2. Onions (Allium cepa), annual
  3. Wooly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus), Zones 5–8
  4. Beets (Beta vulgaris), annual
  5. Peppers (Capsicum annuum), annual
  6. Sage (Salvia officinalis), Zones 4–10
  7. Tomato (Lycopersicon spp.), annual
  8. Basil (Ocimum basilica), annual
  9. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Zones 8–11
  10. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), Zones 5–11
  11. Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.), Zones 3–10


southwest desert garden plan


What’s not to like about this colorful combo? A dwarf grapefruit tree is surrounded by yellow sundrops and hot peppers. The red flowers of autumn sage inject some excitement, while purple heart and deer grass contrast in both color and shape. An Indian fig prickly pear adds architectural interest.

Plant list:

  1. Indian fig prickly pear (Opuntia ficus-indica), Zones 11–12
  2. Purple heart (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’), Zones 11–12
  3. Deer grass (Muehlenbergia rigens), Zones 5–11
  4. Autumn sage (Salvia greggii), Zones 7–9
  5. Yellow sundrops (Calylophus hartwegii), Zones 5–9
  6. Dwarf grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi ‘Oroblanco’), Zones 9–11
  7. Chiltepine peppers (Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum), Zones 9–11


mountain garden plan


Although it peaks in spring bloom, the umbrella shape of the dwarf crabapple and the fruit to come later in the season gives it year-round appeal. Color is in ample supply thanks to the ground-hugging blue lobelia and repeat-blooming shrub roses and daylilies. Squash meanders around roses and tomatoes.

Plant list:

  1. Dwarf crabapple (Malus spp.), Zones 5–8
  2. Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.), Zones 3–10
  3. Kale (Brassica oleracea), biennial
  4. Shrub rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4–9
  5. Tomato (Lycopersicon spp.), annual
  6. Squash (Cucurbita spp.), annual
  7. Lobelia (Lobelia erinus), Zones 2–8
  8. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Zones 8–11
  9. Basil (Ocimum basilica), annual