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Edible Ornamental Container Gardens

Make it beautiful and edible by adding a few flowers to your vegetable container plantings. 

For sunny locations try one of these colorful combinations.  Use an orange fruited pepper, like Yummy, as your focal point in a 20-inch pot.  Dress it up with the orange flowered Dreamsicle calibrachoa and add some texture with the dark green foliage of curled parsley.

Or use Gretel eggplant as your vertical interest.  Add the light airy Diamond Frost euphorbia for contrasting texture and white flowers that echo Gretel’s white fruit. Then allow some tricolor sage with its cream, purplish-pink and green leaves to spill over the edge of the pot.

Shady combinations work as well.  Use greens as your edibles and more shade tolerant flowers for these combinations.  Bright Lights Swiss chard makes a nice vertical accent.  Then add some golden moneywort and wishbone flower, also known as Torenia.

A bit more information: When selecting edibles for containers look for dwarf or compact varieties and those with colorful foliage, flowers, and fruit.  And consider increasing the beauty and your harvest by including edible flowers like calendula, daylilies and roses.  And avoid using pesticides on flowers you plan to eat. 

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