Vegetables as bedding plants


Do bedding plants always have to be flowers?

It's not that many years since I last saw ornamental cabbages in flower bed displays but they're probably now considered a little old fashioned.

There are plenty of ornamental plants you can use in bedding displays though that are actually vegetables.

Suttons Seeds sell two ornamental kales.

Kale Ornamental Peacock Blanc Seeds
Kale Ornamental Peacock Blanc Seeds £2.39
Deeply cut bright green leaves, which gradually turn a richer green with pinkish-white centres in the autumn. Height 30-35cm (12-14"). HHA - Half-hardy annual. Hardy foliage plants that put on a superb late summer/autumn display..
Average Packet Content 45 Seeds. Sow March-April for colour August-October.. .
Average Growing Height: 31-40CM.
Ideal for beds, borders and patio containers. Prefers full sun or partial shade.
Kale Ornamental Peacock Rouge Seeds

Kale Ornamental Peacock Rouge Seeds £2.39
Spectacular, deeply cut, bright blue-green leaves with vibrant mauve stems and veins, that gradually turn dark bronze with red centres as the temperature drops in autumn. A compact, even habit makes it perfect for bedding or containers. Hardy foliage plants that put on a superb late summer/autumn display.
Height 30-35cm (12-14"). HHA - Half hardy annual..
Average Packet Content 45 Seeds. Sow March-April for colour August-October.. .
Average Growing Height: 31-40CM. .
Ideal for beds, borders and patio containers. Prefers full sun or partial shade.

 

These aren't the only things though you could grow in front garden borders! I've actually grown real cabbages and brussel sprouts in one front garden I had! They were one of the talking points for people walking past who would interupt my gardening asking what they were.

You can grow tumbler cherry tomatoes in a hanging basket - they'll grow really well and you could also grow plants like chard with either silver or ruby red veins. Striking perennial plants like Globe Artichokes would also be great in bedding displays and you could leave a few buds to flower as well as putting a few on your plate!

Even beetroot with it's red tinged leaves could make a nice edging for a bed or border. Think of the other salad things you like eating too! There's plenty of lettuces which are very pretty - and they come in red and green. It's possible to have an entire display of salad vegetables that is ornamental as well as edible!

Next time you see some pretty plants in your vegetable garden why not think about trying them in the flower beds too?

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