Don't overlook these five edible beauties as outstanding ornamental container contenders.

1. Cabbage

red express cabbage
Photo/Illustration: 
Kerry Ann Moore

With its large round heads that come in green, red, or both, cabbage adds a strong shape that can highlight the looser forms of other plants.

2. Bronze fennel

Bronze Fennel
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais

The plumes of bronze fennel lighten up dense plantings with their airy structure, while their dark color keeps them from blending into the background.

3. ‘Redbor’ kale

Redbor Kale
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais

The distinct upright habit, curled leaves, and strong color of ‘Redbor’ kale provide plenty of options to play off of when designing a container.

 

4. Swiss chard

Swiss Chard
Photo/Illustration: 
Stephanie Fagan

It’s wonderful that Swiss chard’s crinkly upright leaves provide a dose of shape and texture, but even better are the colorful stalks that hold the foliage aloft.

5. Lemon verbena

Lemon verbena
Photo/Illustration: 
Wikimedia Commons

With a can’t-miss upright form and attractive, lemon-scented foliage, lemon verbena adds a strong visual statement to any pot it is in.

 

To read the complete article, join now!

With FGplus, you'll get exclusive:

  • Articles – Exclusive articles for more advanced gardeners.
  • Videos – Join our editors on their behind-the-scenes journeys.
  • Digital Library – Gain access to our digital library of special issues.
  • Need help? Our Ask-the-Expert contributors will answer your questions.