Color of Edibles

Color of Edibles

veggiecolor.jpgI saw very few (if any) edibles this year in the Show Gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Last year, many gardens had a small patch of edibles and some even had chickens.

As you know, last year I ranted and raved about the edibles I saw. I grow them, as you know, and I was excited to see them implemented last year. I was hoping it would be trend that would continue this year, especially with the state of the economy and more people growing and wanting to grow some of their own food. Why not combine some edibles with ornaments and make them part of your décor? I think if I was in garden design, I would definitely encourage garden growers to add edibles.

Planned edibles can enhance your design. Colors abound, as do heights of plants. Here are some colors that you can use to your advantage.

  • Edible flowers come in all ranges of colors, including purple and yellow.
  • Sugar Snap Peas produce white blossoms before developing their pods.
  • The tops of carrots are a feather-like, soft green color.
  • Leafy Lettuce can vary from light to darker greens.
  • Cucumbers climb trellises and can add vertical depth. Their blossoms add yellow.
  • Strawberries add both a touch of white (blossoms) and red (berries).
  • Tomatoes can add yellow, oranges and reds.
  • Peppers will add an entire range of colors and also add height.

If you plan edibles with your ornaments, keep growing season length, ripening schedule and sun needs in mind as you. Most vegetables need about six hours of sun each day. And pull them out when they are done to keep your beds looking nice.

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