Infilling With Edibles

Incorporating edibles into your landscape is a creative and fun way to add texture and literally flavour to the garden.  By the middle of June, you should now have a good idea as to which perennials may not be returning and whether you should tuck in some new plants in those blank spots.  Edibles for this discussion will be narrowed to smaller things like vegetables & herbs.

Before you start filling in, there are some things you should know before you plant any herbs or vegetables.  Most vegetables and herbs need a minimum of 6 hours of sunshine per day. For the particular location that you are interested in planting edibles, know:

  • how many hours of sunshine that area receives
  • the quality of the soil and its ability to retain water
  • the height required of a plant to adequately complement the others around it

Here are some suggestions for edibles regarding their textures:

Ferny or frilly:

  • Vegetables: carrots, parsley, kale
  • Herbs:  dill, lavender also adds fragrance


  • Vegetables: cabbage, cauliflower, kale, zucchini
  • Herbs: Basil, Chives, Rosemary, Sage, lemon grass – fragrance & makes great tea & repels mosquitoes

Low & trailing:

  • Vegetables: cucumbers, squash
  • Herbs: Mint, Oregano
  • Strawberries


  • Herbs: Basil, Lemon Grass
  • Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, Peppers, Tomatoes, Peas or beans on a trellis
  • Sunflowers

So, roll up your sleeves, dig in and enjoy a beautiful & tasty garden!!

If you have any questions about infilling with edibles, feel free to contact us via email or call us – we’d love to help make gardening simple, fun & wildly successful!

– by Sharon Wallish Murphy

About The Author

Sharon Wallish Murphy
Sharon grew up in the Wallish Greenhouse at the heels of her father, Charlie, who mentored her. Sharon’s passion is to share the love for growing and to empower others to find joy in their gardening journey, just like her dad.