Touch your garden
No one wants to pet a cactus, but some flowers beg to be stroked or explored with the fingertips. Gardeners of all ages want to touch plants that are:
- Fuzzy: Moss, lamb’s ears and pussy willow are soft to the touch and provide visual texture.
- Feathery: The silky tufts of feather grass and hare tale’s grass help these plants live up to their name.
- Papery: Silver pennies, Chinese lanterns, globe amaranth and status are so delicate and paper-like, they feel more like art projects than plants.
Taste your garden
Not all plants are edible, but these plants are delicious and safe—providing you don’t use chemical herbicides or pesticides.
- Herbs: Easy-to-grow herbs include rosemary, mint, basil, thyme, oregano, chives and marjoram. Nibble them straight from the garden or bring them into the kitchen to add a fresh boost to soups, salads and meat dishes.
- Edible flowers: Nasturtiums’ peppery flavour makes a spicy and stylish garnish for soups or salads, while delicate roses, violets and pansies can beautify any dessert.
- Fruits and vegetables: No room for a vegetable patch? No worries. All you need are a few pots or a fence. Strawberry planters provide a cascade of berries while sugar-sweet cherry tomatoes grow well in pots. Runner beans can grow over fences providing a crunchy treat after their showy flowers have disappeared.
Charmian Christie is an avid gardener and home cook. When she's not digging in the dirt, she's charting her culinary adventures on her blog, Christie's Corner.