Edible Plants that Look Good

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Plants with colorful foliage or stems

‘Burgundy‘ okra (red stems)

‘Bright Lights’ chard (stems are mixed colors)

Kale (deep green or purple)

Malabar spinach (climber with red stems)

Mesclun (green, red, purple)

Mustard (green or purple)

Purple basil

Purple sage

Red lettuce (Romaine or leaf)

Red cabbage

‘Ruby’ chard (bright red stems and veins)

Tricolor sage

 

Plants with colorful fruits, roots, flowers

Beans (colorful flowers, green or purple pods)

Beets

Blackberries

Blueberries (also white flowers, red fall foliage)

Bush cherry

Carrots

Chives (pinkish-purple spring flowers)

Cucumbers (yellow blossoms)

Currants

Eggplant (colorful flowers, white or purple fruits)

Gourds

Grapes

Hardy kiwi

Melons (yellow flowers)

Nasturtiums (edible flowers of many colors)

Okra (green or purple pods)

Pansies (edible flowers of many colors)

Peas (colorful flowers, green or purple pods)

Peppers and hot peppers

Potatoes (gold, blue, white)

Pumpkins (yellow flowers, orange fruits)

Purple cauliflower

Radicchio

Radishes

Raspberries

Squash (yellow flowers)

Strawberries (white flowers, red fruits)

Tomatoes and cherry tomatoes

 

Plants with interesting texture or form

Asparagus

Bok choy

Brussels sprouts

Carrots

Celery

Chard

Chives

Collards

Coriander (a.k.a. cilantro)

Corn

Dill

Fennel

Garlic

Horehound

Kale

Leeks

Lettuces (head, looseleaf, Romaine)

Mints (invasive; grow in container)

Okra

Onions

Parsley

Rhubarb

Rosemary

Sage (‘Berggarten,’ purple, tricolor, pineapple)

Spinach

Sweet potatoes

 

Good edging plants for an edible garden

Alyssum (not edible)

Carrots

Chamomile

Chervil

Chives

Leaf lettuce

Mustard

Nasturtiums

Onions

Oregano

Pansies

Parsley

Strawberries

Thyme (green, silver or lemon)