LET’S EAT

Choose a few of these at­trac­tive, fla­vor­ful plants and flow­ers to give gar­dens a new look.

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1 Scar­let run­ner bean: Plants bear 6- to 12-inch pods that hold scar­let-black beans. Eat the pods right off the vine or cook them.

2 Nasturtium: Try fill­ing the flow­ers with a sa­vory mousse or spread, or use them for a slightly pep­pery, bright punch on both sand­wiches and sal­ads.

3 ‘Freck­les’ let­tuce: Its crisp, but­tery-fla­vored leaves will grow 6 to 12 inches but can be har­vested as baby greens, too.

4 Or­na­men­tal straw­berry: This sprawl­ing ground cover bears bright pink flow­ers and an oc­ca­sional crop of ed­i­ble berries.

5 ‘Pur­ple Ruf­fles’ basil: The plant, with its fla­vor­ful, frilly pur­ple leaves, grows about 18 inches high, mak­ing them a col­or­ful choice for a sunny peren­nial or an­nual bor­der.

6 Bee balm: Serve bee balm as a spicy gar­nish on sal­ads, or steep the flow­ers in boil­ing wa­ter for a sooth­ing tea.

7 ‘Black Cherry’ to­mato: This hy­brid plant looks a lot like the pop­u­lar ‘Sweet 100’ cherry toma­toes, ex­cept the fruits turn from green to a deep cherry, al­most black, as they ripen.

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