Patio Plants that You Can Eat
Every patio looks best with well-chosen accent plants that add color, texture and even fragrance. Take your patio plant game up a notch this year and include plants that are edible. There’s nothing like being able to walk out and pick some fruit, herbs or vegetables for the meal you’re making. Set aside some space for edible patio plants and you’re sure to enjoy their bounty. Here are a few of our favorites. Note: Many of the best edible patio plants are best suited for warm climates. However, if your weather is less reliable, we suggest picking out pots and baskets that are easy to take inside during cold months.
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
These peppers are just the right size for growing in a pot and perfect if you like adding some heat to your dishes. The key is sunlight: Jalapeños need a lot of it for successful growth, and they don’t tolerate the cold very well.
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Meyer Lemon Tree
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An herb garden is easy to care for and makes an ideal additional to a patio or deck. We want to call out basil in particular, however, since it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing herbs with its bright, leafy green nature. Basil is also easy to grow and comes in a number of different varieties, if you want to experiment a little.
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If strawberries have a problem (besides hungry pests), it’s that they tend to lie flat on the ground and the fruit can easily be ruined unless it is picked at just the right time. Keeping strawberries near your patio or in a pot can help alleviate this issue, making strawberries another great choice. As soon as they’re ripe, pick ’em and eat ’em!
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To give your viney patio plants something to crawl up on, consider making this beautiful planter with trellis.
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Jade Gem Lettuce
The plaintain lily (not really a plantain or a lily, but rather a hosta) is frequently thought of as an ornamental, but you can actually eat those beautiful leaves. When picked as young leaves and shoots, they can be cooked like asparagus and have a similar flavor profile. If you don’t want to eat the shoots, they’ll grow into a stunning plant, so it’s a win-win, just make sure they have plenty of shade.
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