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Flowers and edibles
Rob D. Brodman

Border 2: flowers and edibles

Many herbs and vegetables have especially colorful foliage that look great with flowers and ornamental grasses. In this 8-foot-wide planting, lime green and purple basils determine the color scheme.

We added red-flowered cuphea, blue-flowered salvias, a lime green ornamental grass, a bright red edible pepper, a purple eggplant, and an ornamental pepper with purplish black foliage and berries that change from deep purple to red.

Use flowers of yellow, orange, and red to play off bold foliage in shades of green. 


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