You may want to view the picture in the full size mode for my haphazard MS Paint captions.
I added captions to give a better idea of what's what.
We're allowed to plant things in the ground, as our landlord is pretty happy about avid gardeners (our townhome apartments have in fact won some curb appeal awards, despite these gardens). Our front stoop is the only sunny spot, as our home is oriented north-south.
The lavender lures butterflies and pollinators by the time most of the edible plants start blooming, so they provide another benefit, besides being edible.
My neighbor to the left of the photo frame has French lavender, which isn't considered a culinary herb, English lavender on the other hand, can be used for syrups, herbal infusions, to perk up a Hollandaise, or in baked goods, just to name a few uses.