Make an edible garden border

Make the most of a sunny path with an edging of good-looking herbs and veggies

herb garden borders

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Plant edibles for attractive (and tasty) garden beds

Line a garden path with herbs and vegetables for fragrance, color, and a delicious harvest all summer.

To unify your design, pick a color scheme. We chose chartreuse and purple for these two warm-season borders, each 2½ to 6 feet wide. (Ideas for cool-season crops here.)

Click ahead for the plants we used and tips on making a simple gravel path.

How to make a simple gravel path

E. Spencer Toy

How to make a simple gravel path: Step 1

If you don't already have a path or bed to start with, you can make one in a weekend.

First, outline the path by laying down rope or garden hoses; adjust them to get the shape you want.

Great path

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How to make a simple gravel path: Step 2

Dig a 3-in.-deep path channel and edge it with benderboard. Fill it with crushed gravel.

If necessary, add topsoil and compost in your planting area. Then set out your plants.

How to amend your soil

mint herb container

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Edible border plants: Mint

We planted mint in a large iron planter to contain its invasive roots.

Similar planters from Kinsman Company (European Classic cradle and liner from $70; 800/733-4146).

6 favorite mints

purple sage herb

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Edible border plants: Sage

The feltlike, oblong leaves of ‘Purpurascens’ sage are violet when young, echoing eggplant hues. (They age to gray-green.) Plants grow to 3 feet tall.

How to grow sage

 

growing eggplants

Photo by Kimberley Burch

Edible border plants: Eggplant

Japanese eggplant produces lavender blossoms and glossy purple fruit on plants reaching 3 feet tall.

How to grow eggplant

gold beans

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Edible border plants: Beans

Thin, pale gold ‘Roc d’Or’ beans cover bushes that stay under 2 feet tall and produce through the season.

How to grow beans

hot yellow peppers

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Edible border plants: Peppers

Spicy ‘Hungarian Yellow Wax (Hot)’ peppers eventually mature to red—they can be harvested when either color.

How to grow peppers

purple basil

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Edible border plants: Basil

‘Purple Ruffles’ basil has large, spicy leaves on plants that are 2 feet tall.

How to grow basil

gardening artichokes

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Artichokes

Artichoke’s silvery arching leaves on plants 4 feet tall and wide are very dramatic. Unharvested buds (shown here) open into big, purple flowers.

Find more herbs and vegetables to plant at the Sunset Plant Finder, and get tips on planting your own Edible garden.

How to make a gravel path

E. Spencer Toy

Get another planting plan for this path

For an alternative to an all-edibles border, mix herbs with grasses, natives, and other ornamentals suited to your climate.

Get this mixed border plan

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