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Part Shade Ornamental Edible Vegetable and Herb List

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Edible Vegetable and Herb

One of the delightful tricks I use to plant up living walls to make them more colorful and infinitely more useful, is to add ornamental edible plants mixed in with the traditional annuals I might place in my part-shade living walls. Below is a part shade ornamental edible vegetable and herb list filled with colorful and creative shade gardening suggestions. Great in living walls, containers, or traditional beds; mix these ornamental edibles in for a pop of nutritious and beautiful color.

When planting up your living wall, be sure to use my techniques for planting drought tolerant organic container gardens. When you lift a container garden up off the ground and put it on the wall it often receives more air and can dry out more quickly. Counter that with my recommended heavy, richer soil mix to keep the root systems moisture for a longer period of time. To learn more tips on living wall gardening, please check out my latest book Grow a Living Wall.

Part Shade Ornamental Edible Vegetable and Herb List

  1. Grow a Living Wall Cover Image CopyArugula
  2. Basil
  3. Beets (for the greens, not the root)
  4. Celery
  5. Collards
  6. Corn Maiche
  7. Cucumbers
  8. Herbs (i.e. basil, chives, cilantro, lemon balm, mint, oregano, parsley, scallions)
  9. Kale
  10. Lettuces
  11. Mustard Greens
  12. Pak Choi
  13. Rhubarb
  14. Spinach
  15. Swiss Chard

Following the part shade ornamental edible vegetable and herb list, I have planted my side garden living wall test garden (above photo) with plants from Jung Seed: Coleus – Wedding Train Stained Glass Coleus,  Ipomoea – Lime, Parsley – Curly Parsley, Swiss Chard – Bright Lights, Basil – Crimson King Basil, Begonia – White Ballerina Begonia, Dinosaur Kale – Black Magic Lacinato Kale, and Lobelia. Vegetables were donated to a local food pantry at the end of the season.

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  1. I love your living herb wall! The addition of annuals creates something truly lovely and delicious. I am definitely going to give this a try this spring. Thank you for the inspiration and the plant list!

  2. Looks great and I love your tips! I was curious what the plant with the little blue flowers was – I love their bright pop of color. Also, what is the plant with the large lighter color heart shaped leaves? Thank you for the plant list! I love your site!

  3. Hi Lauren! The little blue flower is “Techno Heat Trailing Lobelia Dark Blue” and the large plant with the chartreuse heart shaped leaves is “Sweet Potato vine Ipomoea batatas Marguerite”. Thank you for visiting my site! 🙂

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