The World's Most Incredible Edible Gardens

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Maybe you've only been looking at your vegetable garden as a means to an end: An easy way to get organic herbs, produce, and edible flowers without a grocery-store spending spree or a lineup of tasteless, non-local goods.

But as these photos show, your garden can be so much more than that: An eye-catching geometric layout of herbs, a home for sculptural shrubs, a masterpiece of shockingly colorful foods, and a peaceful place for getting in touch with your inner gardener.

Read on for more inspiration and ways to turn your plain plot into the centerpiece of your yard.

Photo: Jose Fuste Raga/Corbis