Decorative Vegetables

Veggies and Herbs Growing together

Decorative vegetables look great in your flower bed or in the front yard. Use these veggies to enhance the colour, texture and look of your overall garden. The following vegetables have wonderful colours and shapes that will look great in any area of your garden layout. They are edible which is a bonus!

Here is your list of Decorative vegetables:

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage - some decorative varieties are not edible
  • Carrot
  • Eggplant
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Kale - Russian red is the loveliest colour
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Oriental greens
  • Peppers
  • Squashes
  • Swiss chard

For more information on specific vegetables please go to my vegetable list. Here you will find easy and useful tips for planting, growing, and harvesting your veggies. 

Vegetable gardeners are usually focusing on growing food however we all like to have an attractive garden as well.   We may have a front garden that is more visible to the public or the aesthetics of our overall look is important to you. 

Site planning is important as well when planting decorative vegetables.  Some will need full sun, others will do well in shade so be clear on what the best conditions a plant needs and place it in an area where they will thrive.


A focal point is a point of highest interest in the development of the design such as one larger plant, a grouping of particular plants rock structure, or pool as some examples.   

Balance is something else to consider, whether it is symmetrical or irregular gives the garden a feeling of stability and restfulness.  

You are putting your vegetable plants among your flowers so remember they are all competing for food, light, and air circulation so planning and fertilizing is important when integrating the two.

Herbs are a great and easy addition to the flower garden to add more variety, colour and texture to your yard.  Some great edible and beautiful herbs are:

  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Lemon Verbena

The herbs I listed above are perennial so they  will keep growing year to year and will get larger in size so make sure they have room to grow.  They offer you years of beauty and are great for cooking as well.


There are so many beautiful plants so use the leaves, stems, flowers and seeds of vegetable plants to add the visual inspiration or structure that will take your garden from good to fabulous.

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