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debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,211
Hi all, planting up my hanging baskets this week, late I know, blame the Weather Gods. 
I want to do two baskets with edible plants/ herbs for the area where I grow my strawberries, lettuce, radishes etc in pots to continue the theme. 
Any suggestions? I want pretty flowers or attractive foliage and if anyone can suggest anything trailing that would be perfect. It’s a sunny spot most of the day, afternoons and evenings especially. 
Baskets are cone shaped 30cms in diameter. 


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,077
    Nasturtiums? I've never tried eating them but they're supposed to be edible. Fuchsia berries are apparently edible too.
  • Evergreen perennial, how about thyme. All thymes have pretty purplish and blue flowers and some have variegated foliage. Violas are edible but not really thought of as a herb. I love the thought of nasturtiums.  Valerie 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,450
    The leaves are peppery. You can eat all parts of the plant. I've never tried the seeds, though. They're a black fly magnet, so you'll need to keep checking under the leaves and rub them off.
    I'm growing some tomatoes that the packet says are suitable for containers. Might work in a hanging basket. I don't know as this is the first time I've grown them. (Tumbling Tom)
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,211
    Thanks all I had already considered thyme and I have strawberry plants going spare too and some nasturtium seeds I can use. It’s a bit of an experiment really. 
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,424
    You can get prostrate rosemary which trails.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,541
    red harts tongue lettuce is quite dramatic as a foliage plant. Pot marigolds - the flowers are nice in salads. Some of the very small cherry toms might be OK
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,211
    Hadn’t considered lettuce for foliage will give that a try thank you. I had prostrate rosemary in my herb bed it didn’t do well I am afraid. Lots of ideas so thank you all for your input. 
  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,797
    @B3 I usually grow a couple of Tumbling Tom's in baskets, they're great. I didn't realise I'd run out of seed until too late, so none this year, sadly. I usually pop a little basil plant in with each one.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 13,939
    edited May 2021
    Rosemary, lavender and thyme will like poor, gravelly soil, unlike lettuce, violas, strawbs, toms or bedding etc.  I would personally choose either Med plants or ones that like rich soil to put in one pot.

    There is a very pretty micro borage; The flowers taste a little like cucumber.  All dahlia flowers are edible and there are some mini versions good for baskets. Fuchsia flowers and berries are edible. Lemon verbena. Trailing mini roses.   Some ornamental salvia are edibleSalvia microphylla might be ok for baskets if you have small plants and the plants small for the summer, then plant out.

    Many flowers like dahlias, roses, fuchsia may be good for decoration, I'm not sure they taste that great.  
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,450
    Pansy /viola flowers are edible too but I'd rather look at them.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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