Whether you’re short on gardening space or just trying to make care and harvesting easier, containers offer a great way to grow edibles. Herbs in particular are a natural in pots. You can make a pretty mosaic by mixing the various leaf textures. And because you’ll be snipping plants regularly, they seldom outgrow their confines.
For a pleasing look that also increases the amount of produce available, double up on your containers. Simply repeat the combo and set both next to each other for effect. These containers include oregano, parsley, chives, and basil surrounding tomato plants. The tomato plants are determinate, meaning they’ll only grow so tall before ripening a crop — perfect for containers.
This mix of herbs adds subtle textural beauty to a patio planter. You can cram lots of plants into a relatively small area because herbs will be snipped back to flavor recipes. This group includes basil, parsley, sage, rosemary, and oregano.
Raised and Ready
An elevated planter makes it convenient to grow and harvest edibles right outside the kitchen door. With a depth of more than a foot, there’s plenty of room in the planter for the roots of larger plants such as peppers and kale. Sorrel and basil fill in around their larger companions, while thyme spills over the sides to maximize growing space.
Those lacking space for a traditional garden bed will appreciate a raised patio planter. This sizeable unit, made of rot-resistant cedar and lined with heavy-duty plastic, can hold an impressive array of plants, including tomatoes, peppers, dill, basil, chives, oregano, sorrel, agastache, and marigolds. It also offers hidden storage underneath.
If you’ve got a sunny windowsill, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how many herbs you can raise in a window box. This mix of thyme, purpleleaf basil, variegated basil, Cuban oregano, sage, and lavender is ornamental enough to earn a spot in the front yard.
Mix ’em Up
Some edibles are pretty enough to hold their own with ornamental plants. The bright red stems of Swiss chard (also available with gold or pink stems) pair well with the chartreuse foliage of coralbells. Who could imagine so much color without flowers?
With its gray-green foliage, rosemary makes an attractive backdrop for colorful annuals such as calibrachoa and a small-leafed coleus. Regular pinching will keep the rosemary from overpowering its companions.