Vegetables aren't just good to eat, some of them can spice up your landscape as well.
'Bright Lights' Swiss chard and purple cabbage can make colorful additions to your garden during the winter months. Bronze fennel, 'Red Giant' mustards, and several kinds of lettuce are also lovely, and delicious!
For interest and great flavor, try dinosaur or Tuscan kale with its knobby leaves, and Romanesco broccoli with its bizarre, but tasty, geometric heads.
To avoid pest problems, plant these veggies only during the cooler months. Keep them well watered and fertilized, and in a sunny location.
In warmer months, you can plant peppers, Chinese red beans, and colorful basils.
- Brassica oleracea Flowering Kale, Ornamental Cabbage
- Brassica oleracea 'White Peacock' White Peacock Flowering Kale
- Eggplant, White — Solanum ovigerum Dun. and Solanum melongena var. esculentum (L.) Nees.
- Ornamental Vegetables Add Interest to the Winter Garden (PDF)
- Want Winter Landscape Color? Try Ornamental Vegetables (PDF)
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Red Noodle Bean--LocalHarvest.org
- Ornamental Kale--University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
- Ornamental Kale Brassica oleracea--University of Illinois Extension
- The Ornamental Side of Basil--Rotary Botanical Gardens (WI)
- The Ornamental Vegetable Garden--Iowa State University Extension
- Tuscan Kale--DrWeil.com