Best Edible Ornamental Plants for Your Garden

Best Edible Ornamental Plants for Your Garden

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Edible ornamental plants are a great in any home garden. They make your place look good and your dishes appetizing. If you are looking for edible ornamental plants to start, here are ten that you can try…

1. Bright Lights Swiss Chard

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Bright Lights Swiss chard can grow up to 20 inches tall. It produces large and mild-flavored leaves. This edible ornamental plant has stems with many colors like yellow, red, orange, gold, and white. Bright Lights tastes best when they are harvested young. Sow the seeds directly in the garden after the last date of frost in your area. They can mature in just 60 days. Bright Lights can grow from light shade to full sun.

You can harvest them when they are already 8 to 12 inches tall, cut the other leaves about 2 inches from the crown.

You can mix Bright Lights to your salad or you can eat it like spinach or beet greens.

2. Cherokee Chocolate Tomato

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Cherokee chocolate tomato grows up to 4 inches wide and it can weigh from 10 ounces to a pound. Plant them indoors six to eight weeks before the last date of the frost then you can transplant them in your garden after the last date of frost. They can mature in 80 to 85 days and can grow in warm and hot weather.  (Image Source)

3. Freckles Lettuce

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Freckles lettuce is an Austrian heirloom. Plant them indoors four weeks before the last date of frost then you can transplant them early in spring. Freckles lettuce is heat tolerant and it can grow from 6 to 12 inches tall, it will mature in 55 days. (Image Source)

4. Gretel Eggplant

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Sow seeds indoors first eight to nine weeks before the last date of frost; you can transplant them in your garden when the soil is warm already. Gretel eggplant can mature in 55 days and can grow up to 3 feet tall. They grow fast on warmer weather.  You can also plant Gretel eggplants on containers; use a container that is 16 inches deep.

Gretel eggplants are best to harvest when they are about 3 to 4 inches long. (Image Source)

5. Ornamental Peppers

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Sow seeds directly in your garden, make sure that the soil is well-drained. Ornamental peppers needs full sun. They can grow from 6 to 20 inches high and 6 to 18 inches wide.

A single plant can produce peppers with different shading like yellow to orange, red, purple or brown. Ornamental peppers can mature in 70 to 90 days.

6. Ornamental Strawberry

Ornamental strawberries can grow 5 inches high and spread to 24 inches wide. Ornamental strawberries are sold in containers; you can transplant them as soon as the soil is workable. You can plant them in full sun, they like full sun to part shade.

7. Papaya Pear Squash

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Papaya pear squash is a yellow squash with a shape of a light bulb. Sow the seeds directly in your garden after the last date of frost in your area. They can mature in about 42 days. You can harvest them when they are 3 inches long and 3 inches wide. (Image Source: colostate.edu)

8. Purple Ruffles Basil

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Sow seeds directly in the garden after the last date of frost. You can also plant them in containers. Purple Ruffles Basil grows up to 18 inches high and 18 inches wide. The can mature in 85 days. (Image Source)

9. Red Russian Kale

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Red Russian Kale is also an heirloom plant. Plant the seeds indoor 6 weeks before the last date of frost then transplant them as soon as the soil is workable, or you can sow seeds directly in the garden when the soil is workable. They can mature in 50 to 65 days. (Image Source)

10. Scarlet Runner Bean

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Sow seeds directly in the garden after the last date of frost in your area. Scarlet runner beans can grow up to 20 feet tall and they can mature in 70 days.

Scarlet runner beans are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. (Image Source)