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