Ornamental BluesTraditional Landscape, Burlington
Cabbages, kale, and other leafy greens in a formal parterre at the Montreal Botanic Garden.
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5. Tuscan kale. If you’re looking for something with lush green color and an interesting leaf shape, don’t go with an ornamental plant — try Tuscan kale instead. Also known as dinosaur or ‘Lacinato’ kale, Tuscan kale (shown in the back row here) is as beautiful as it is nutritious. Growing tips: Kale is a cool-season veggie. Sow seeds in late summer or early fall to harvest in fall or early winter. Kale enjoys full sun but will tolerate part shade. Some shade is best if it’s still hot when you plant.Cool-Season Vegetables: How to Grow Kale
7. Incorporate ornamental edibles. Many cool-season veggies can be decorative in garden beds and provide a steady harvest through the holidays. To emphasize the plants’ distinctive forms, lay out your kitchen garden by considering each plant’s habit and mature height. For example, edge walkways with compact boxwood (Buxus sp.) to form a neat border. Place rosette-forming vegetables, such as cabbage and cauliflower, as the midlayer and place taller veggies, such as lacinato kale, sorrel and flowering fennel, at the back of the bed.How to Start a Cool-Season Vegetable Garden
5. Swap out ornamental foliage for edibles. When you’re beginning to transition a traditional front garden to an edible landscape, you can replace purely ornamental foliage plants with lettuces, kale, Swiss chard or even rhubarb. These greens look just as lush as their ornamental counterparts, but they work even harder, providing fresh produce for your dinner table.Food safety note: Unless you have a tall fence around your front garden, there’s a good chance that some of the plants nearest to the sidewalk will get a “visit” from neighborhood dogs, making any edible plants inedible. To be on the safe side, keep edible plantings closer to your house or up high in containers. Cats can also be a problem — bare dirt is most likely to be used by cats as a litter box, so it helps to minimize space between plants or fill with ground cover.