Since the villa is situated on a hillside, the garden for vegetables and herbs has been terraced to take advantage of the good soil. It is also much more accessible to the kitchen. My mother has medicinal plants on the bottom terrace so that they are within easy reach.
We have planted asparagus, beans, beets, cabbage, garlic, lentils, lettuce, melons, onions, parsnips, peas, radishes, and squash. The gardener has his hands full!
Here is some additional information about vegetables, herbs, and medicinal plants.
Some of the preceding information comes from Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, written by Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins and published in1994 by The Oxford University Press (New York).