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Five Attractive Edibles for Containers

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

Photo/Illustration: Wikimedia Commons

Ornamental edibles are a wonderful way to get the best of both worlds. The addition of these beauties to your containers helps to flesh out otherwise humdrum designs—and you can eat them, too! Take a look at these unusual edible plant varieties to work into your container designs.

1. 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

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

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

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

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.

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  1. frank_hornsby 07/24/2014

    good food.

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    SimpleSue 03/26/2019

    Beautiful vegetables, just as ornamental as any flower!

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