Planning your garden? Mix it up by choosing edibles in place of the usual suspects
Photo by Kimberley Navabpour; written by Julie Chai
Plant: Purple basil, which you can add to summer salads and pasta dishes.
How to grow: Start from seed or seedling in spring, after frost has passed. Pinch off flower spikes as they form, and plant a new crop every two weeks for a continual harvest. Basil reaches 16 inches or taller and a foot wide. All zones.