Edible Plants as Ornamentals

Often, our own preconceptions about growing edibles limits our ability to do so. And the number one offender is the belief that vegetables need to be grown separately from purely ornamental plants. While it is true that some gardeners have their vegetables in different beds and containers, there really is no reason for the division.

In fact, many edibles are just as beautiful as a traditional flower or foliage plant. By including unusual vegetables in your designs, you are extending the structure, color and variety of potential plant materials. And, when combined with non-traditional planters, they can be real show stoppers.

If you are looking for inspiration, there is a great article on the design website, Houzz.com. Marianne Lipanovich writes about a whole host of ways to highlight vegetables in ornamental beds and containers. She’s also kind enough to mention Ros’ latest book, Edible Landscaping, as a resource. Houzz is a fantastic site and is also available as a mobile app. Below is a slideshow of photos from Marianne’s article:

April 5, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Phil (Smiling Gardener) - Love the vegetables by the pool! I’ve been hearing a lot about houzz lately. Seems like it’s making a splash.

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