edible plant garden walkway with trellis tomatoes, scarlet runner beans
Photo: Marion Brenner

Practical and Pretty Food Fix

Maybe you lack space for a dedicated vegetable patch or would love to expand the edible harvest you already have. Either way, it's easy to get more of your leafy greens—and fruits and other veggies, too. Simply pop them in your garden beds for a fix that's practical and pretty. Blooming ornamentals attract pollinators that will stick around to visit the food plants, resulting in bigger harvests, and some ornamentals may even help ward off hungry pests.

Shown: In this front garden, at the home of landscape designer Rosalind Creasy, exuberant flowers and formally clipped shrubs mix with trellised tomatoes and scarlet runner beans. Potted kumquats mark the entrance.
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