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Cabbages, kale, and other leafy greens in a formal parterre at the Montreal Botanic Garden.
Design ideas for a traditional vegetable garden landscape in Burlington. — Houzz
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Paintbox Garden added this to
With its formal outline of tiny boxwood, this edible garden at the Montreal Botanical Garden is a feast for the eyes. Pebbled 'Lacinato' kale (Brassica oleracea 'Lacinato'), also known as Tuscan kale, combines with cabbage and sorrel in this mid-November composition that shows the power of symmetry and repetition.Tuscan kale, a main ingredient in minestrone, has been grown in Italy since the 17th century and is among the plants listed in Thomas Jefferson's gardens at Monticello in 1777.
Frank Organ added this to
“ … by no means imitate either the willfulness or the wildness of nature.”As with his love of straight paths, Morris loved the same formality of vegetable gardens planted in ordered rows. Decades before the planting of Lawrence Johnson’s Hidcote Gardens, Morris’ garden at Kelmscott Manor was an early example of the idea of a garden’s being a series of exterior rooms, and one of these rooms was his well-ordered vegetable garden.
Laura Gaskill added this to
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.
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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
Laura Gaskill added this to
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
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This is where I get my seeds: http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-cabbage-seeds.html http://www.highmowingseeds.com/organic-non-gmo-seeds-lacinato-dinosaur-kale.html
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Pourquoi pas créer des massifs de choux et de rhubarbe ? Les feuillages sont intéressants et sont une bonne alternative aux plantes ornementales.
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Think visually with vegetables Planting vegetables with strong ornamental appeal is one of the easiest ways to make your cooks’ garden look gorgeous. What about a lovely row of round green cabbages (as shown here) and palm-tree-like Cavolo Nero (black leaf kale), for instance? Or consider planting bright red chilli bushes and red and yellow stemmed beets, with chives planted around the edges of the bed to surround it by pink flowers in summer. Kale always looks great as do frilly lettuces, frothy green parsley, purple sage and basil as well as variegated thyme and golden oregano. The bold foliage of rhubarb and globe artichokes add drama, but remember these vegies take up a lot of space and are perennials (live for several seasons) so they’ll do better in their own corner of the garden.