Growing edibles in containers has benefits whether your garden space is limited to a balcony or you have the luxury of a huge yard. Care and harvesting are simplified when plants are close at hand and in a contained environment. It only takes a moment to pop out the back door and water a pot full of cherry tomatoes, or to reach out from your deck chair and pop a tomato into your mouth! Mmm! Using containers of edibles, rather than just flowers for your outdoor décor can easily give you attractive surroundings with the bonus of grocery savings!
For gourmet good looks, create mixed plantings of herbs and veggies as you would with containers of annuals. Aim for groupings of different foliage types and plant heights while matching plants of similar feed and water needs. Combining a patio size Tomato plant with Basil, Chives and Cilantro for example has visual appeal, as well as key ingredients for a variety of tasty Mexican and Italian dishes. Add a mixed container of drought tolerant Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme, and a third container planted with Sweet Bell Peppers, Chili peppers and Parsley. Ta Dah! A tasteful and tasty trio to jazz up a sunny corner and the dinner menu!