Best Patio Plants for Your Money

This year we moved from a house with a big backyard and garden into an apartment.  To help us adjust we planted a ton of plants on our patio, which was against the rules of the apartment complex 🙂 Planting vegetables can save you some money so I’m here to recount the ones that were most bountiful so I can replant them next year!


If we had multiple plants it would have been really great, but the above meme is slightly true. We certainly weren’t eating tomato salad every evening, but we did have a few meals with fresh tomatoes from the “garden” and I can’t wait to have more plants next year.



I would never have even planted jalapeños but the spicy lover in the household went for it.  We’ve gotten a few homemade hot sauces out of the deal, so I’m not complaining. There are jalapeños hiding in the picture below.


Thyme, Rosemary & Dill

Herbs are definitely one of the most cost effective plants to grow. I’m not sure why we chose these specific herbs but they grew like crazy! We always had fresh herbs for our Italian dishes and we even dried some for future use. I’m not as much of a fan of dill, but it tastes better when you grow it yourself 🙂



I absolutely love my lavender plant!  It really started popping after we gave it a bigger pot and since I don’t really use lavender that much (looking into ways to use it now) it has lasted us all summer.  I’m thinking about making candles or drying them in sachets.



It’s TOTALLY worth it to plant basil, because there’s so much you can do with it!  Imagine being able to pick your own fresh basil to throw in your spaghetti sauce…ah, it’s the dream.  I also cannot wait to make pesto with this stuff! We have had tons of basil all year and it’s been awesome.


One of our most successful plants, but I think I need to come up with more recipes that use parsley.


Taking all these pictures has me so excited for the rest of the growing season, and all the new recipes I need to try!

Leave me a comment if you have a suggestion for what to plant next year!

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