By Dee Nash
A corner full of afternoon sun doesn't need to be limited to long-flowering perennials. It also can produce food. With new space-saving fruit trees, such as an espaliered apple with different apple cultivars grafted on each branch, you don't need a large orchard to enjoy your own fresh-picked fruit.
Decorative varieties of basil and other herbs make excellent border plants, especially 'Purple Ruffles', with its dark-purple foliage; and Thai basil, which has purple flowers. Add some red- and blue-blooming perennials as support for the edibles, and you'll be the envy of your neighborhood this fall.
A) Semidwarf espaliered apple trees (Malus)
B) Yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'Paprika')
C) Catmint (Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low')
D) Salvia (Salvia farinacea 'Victoria')
E) Basil ('Purple Ruffles' and Thai basil)
F) Sun-loving coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)
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