I have to admit, this is the first time I have ever used edibles as ornamentals in containers...with the exception of an herb here and there. In fact, up until now I had kept my edibles segregated from my flowers and other decorative containers. And, it wasn't until I visited the home of Rosalind Creasy this spring, that I realized just how much I was restricting my design sense.
Frankly, I can't believe that I have been so myopic in my definition of beauty. And though I have acknowledged that veggies can be beautiful, I simply haven't taken that next step of adding them as a design element. Until now...
Here is a shot of part of my patio. There are some containers of strictly ornamentals, some of strictly edibles and others that are mixed. One of my favorite containers is on the left side of the screen. It's a terracotta pot with frogs on it. I found it for $15 at Ross. It is filled with leeks (whose blooms are opening), celery and allysum. Once the leeks fully open, I'll take another picture so you can see how beautiful they are. The other containers have carrots in bloom, snapdragons, kale, cauliflower (graffiti), petunias, nasturtiums, strawberries, sweet potato vine, verbena...the list goes on and on. Another option is to use a "bag" style container. There are new options that are fun and colorful...and easy on the wallet. Gardener's Supply has a whole series of Grow Bags: potatoes, tomatoes, salad, peppers, carrots...check them out!
Over the next couple of weeks, I'll post some of the other combinations and let you know which were successful and which weren't. Some were an absolute hit...others failed miserably.
I would love to hear about edible/ornamental container combos that you've made. Leave me a comment! Oh, and by the way, if you haven't headed over to check out my podcast, Good Enough Gardening, we just posted our annual Resent-O-Cast episode...chock full of things we resent, both in and out of the garden.