With its attractive foliage, colorful fruit and blooms, eggplants look good in the vegetable or flower gardens. Compact or dwarf eggplants can even be grown in containers. A relative of the tomato and potato, eggplants like sunny weather and warm temperatures. Start eggplant seed indoors and wait until a few weeks after the last frost before transplanting them in the garden. A favorite in many Mediterranean dishes, eggplants can be grilled, baked, fried and used in stir-fries and dips.