Compact Kitchen Container Garden

Reap healthful, delicious harvests even in a small space with a container garden filled with herbs and vegetables. This combination makes for great, savory dishes.

Create a simple edible garden that can be transplanted inside or outside depending on season. Go bold with your plant choices, and you can have a dramatic, eye-catching container, even without flowers. Keep this planting as a centerpiece on your outdoor table for garnishes and herbs at arms' length.

A: Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris cicla 'Bright Lights') — 2

B: Basil (Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Ruffles') — 1

C: Ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Medusa') — 2

D: Golden oregano (Origanum vulgare 'Aureum') — 2

E: Variegated sage (Salvia officinalis 'Icterina') — 1

A: 'Bright Lights' Swiss Chard

If you're tired of the same old vegetable side dishes, grow Swiss chard. You'll find dozens of different ways to serve it, cooked or raw. 'Bright Lights' produces plants with a rainbow of colors, including gold, pink, orange, purple, red and white. It's slightly less frost tolerant than other chard varieties.

B: 'Purple Ruffles' Basil

Basil dishes up classic Italian flavor in eye-catching bushy plants suitable for garden beds or containers. Grow this tasty beauty in a sunny spot, and you'll reap rewards of flavorful foliage in shades of green, purple, or bronze. Ocimum basilicum 'Purple Ruffles' is an award-winning selection that has eye-catching wavy, purple leaves. It is a tough annual that works well in pesto, salads, or garnishes.

C: 'Medusa' Ornamental Pepper

This ornamental pepper plant hosts upright fruits in multiple colors. Medusa peppers are edible and are very mild and sweet. We added one plant of medusa peppers in the front of our pot for color and texture.

D: Golden Oregano

An easy-growing perennial, oregano thrives in planting beds or containers. Origanum vulgare 'Aureum' has yellow-green leaves and white flowers. Like its green-leaf cousin, Greek oregano, it is edible. Golden oregano is sometimes sold as creeping golden marjoram.

E: 'Icterina' Variegated Sage

Even when not used as a flavoring agent, sage makes a wonderful perennial plant in the garden or container garden. Salvia officinalis 'Icterina' is a colorful alternative to common sage and can be grown in an herb garden, a flower border, or a container. It grows 2 feet tall and wide.

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