This is the second year I've planted my heat-loving tomatoes in the front garden and the first I included eggplant.
Last year, despite our minimal summer, I enjoyed a fair amount of tomatoes from my south-facing front yard. I decided it wasn't worth trying to grow them in the back yard this year. Even with my west facing beds, I have much more space in front for them.
We had another cool summer this year, but with the little heat we did get, I had a great crop of cherry tomatoes. Remember, I'm not growing big, beefy heirlooms like Purple Cherokee. I choose varieties that have less than 85 days to mature.
Look at these gorgeous Black Cherry tomatoes!
If wonderfully vine-ripened tomatoes are your goal, then you may want to consider changing your aesthetic perspective. I find tomato towers a nice accent to my perennials. Check it out. Wow! cherry tomatoes growing behind my Cape Fuchsia and Symphytum 'Axminster Gold.'
You can see the Symphytum again behind my 'Kyoto Egg' eggplant. Both types of eggplant thrived here.
Breaking the rules and norms can lead to beautiful veggies AND a beautiful garden. Get out there and try something new!