Why settle for having just flowers in your garden border when you can have plants that provide both flowers and food?
Edible borders are the latest thing, and there are many plants from which you can choose. In addition to numerous varieties of lettuces, wild strawberries, chives, lavender and thyme and violets, all perennials, are excellent candidates for edible border plants.
For brilliant color and tasty salad fixings, plant nasturtiums, roses and sunflowers.
If your garden is shady, choose Jerusalem artichokes. Their tubers are crisp and delicious, a bit like carrots, and make a delicious addition to salads, and the plants also provide late season color.
Rainbow chard and paprika peppers are both visually striking veggies that can add color and pizzazz to any garden border.
Marigolds and society garlic both do well in sun, and the latter tends to repel gophers.
While ramps don’t really flower, their foliage is pretty and pleasant all year round, and their flavor is spectacular. Just be careful not to plant them near lilies of the valley, because the two plants resemble each other and the lilies of the valley are poisonous.
And, of course, do not treat your edible garden borders with chemicals. Remember, you’re going to eat them at some point!