My garden is looking a bit flat at the moment, this is partially because its winter and partially because I haven’t really taken as much care as I should have with what I planted where. This weeks top 5 is really what I should have done or rather what I should have planted more of. The edibles which could happily sit within any garden, productive or decorative. These are the ones that although we grow them for their taste they also look damn good as well.
1. Fruit Trees- I have grouped fruit together because lets face it fruit trees are generally big and most suburban gardens don’t have room for more than a couple. So whether it be a tamarillo with its tropical looking leaves and lovely red fruit, an orange with those lovely balls of brightness or a gnarly old apple tree you can pretty much guarantee its going to add interest to the garden.
2. Rainbow Chard – I love the look of rainbow chard, those vivid stems against the beautifully deep green leaves. You could put rainbow chard happily in a border and it wouldn’t look out of place. Equally a mass planting of different colours looks fabulous in a raised bed.
3. Eggplants – I think eggplants are really pretty plants. Yes they can start to look a bit ragged by the end of the season but they don’t get nearly as bad as tomatoes and most of the time the plants look good. I also think their fruits are beautiful, especially the purple varieties – smooth and really tactile.
4. Chillies – What would a top 5 post be without a reference to chillies? Even the nurseries near me agree – chillies look great. There seem to be almost as many ornamental chillies for sale as there are culinary ones. I can see why too – they look fabulous: the fruits are fun shapes, often vivid colours and the foliage is pleasant as well.
5. Red Cabbage – Is it just me or does red cabbage look quite sophisticated? I love the colours of its leaves, their shape, and its size. I see no reason why it wouldn’t look absolutely fabulous in a mixed planted scheme.
or maybe you could grow Cavolo Nero – I just love both its texture and colour. But that’s 6 and that would be cheating….
So which edibles would you grow even if you didn’t want to eat them? What fabulous additions should I be adding to my garden.
Finished here? Then head over The New Goodlife for her Top 5 – Lessons as a Mother.