5 Double Duty Plants for Small Gardens: Ornamental & Edible Gardening

5 Double Duty Plants for Small Gardens: Ornamental & Edible Gardening

Kim Lucian
Jun 4, 2012

When outdoor space is at a premium, try choosing plants that do double duty. We've rounded up five plants that are as pleasant to look at as they are delicious.

1. Kale
The dramatic foliage on ornamental kale makes for a great garden border. Ornamental varieties can be prepared the same way as common Kale.

2. Purple Sage
Varieties vary from green with purple veins to foliage with an almost marbled appearance to full, saturated purple. Sage pairs well with poultry and other meats.

3. Chives
Tall stalks are topped with purple pom-pom shaped blossoms. Enjoy the blooms, then use the chopped stalks later for seasoning.

4. Artichoke
On a recent trip to Palm Springs I spotted artichokes used as a sculptural addition to planters. The unopened edible buds have a dramatic form, and if you allow some to go to flower you'll be rewarded with a vibrant purple bloom.

5. Lavender
An old standby, the tall purple stalks of flowers are beautiful when grown in drifts of color and can be used in tea, to flavor honey, or in baked goods.

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