In Cindy and Ed’s garden, peppers dance with begonias, herbs mingle with black-eyed Susans, and cherry tomatoes greet you at the side door. That’s right, edibles have invaded the Flynn’s flower garden.

If you look around your yard, you might be surprised at how many places you can tuck a veggie or two. Once you mix your edibles and ornamentals, I’m betting you’ll be hooked too. The combination attracts lots of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, which helps ensure healthy edibles. It’s also a great solution if you don’t have a lot of space for both a veggie and flower garden.

There’s nothing special to getting started. If you have a flower bed, go ahead and add some peppers to the mix. Red, purple, orange, yellow, green, take your pick! The bright colors of peppers are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and they brighten up any garden and any dish.

Ummm, I wonder if the Flynn’s beans are happily climbing the clematis.

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