Create a decorative vegetable garden with original vegetables

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A vegetable garden is practical, economical, educational and even decorative! Here is a selection of original and particularly aesthetic vegetables, to be staged in the garden, but also in the house ... and on the plate. Beautiful vegetables are fashionable in magazines and on blogs… cooking of course (check out the excellent, but also decoration (here for example). Also build a beautiful vegetable garden that will compete with the flower garden, and thus anticipate the decoration of the house naturally at harvest time ... It will change only "green" vegetables!

The stars of decorative vegetables

Imposing, durable and easily customizable thanks to their thick skin, coloquints and other squashes are primarily decorative vegetables. Their varied shapes and diameters always amaze. In orange colors like the butternut or the musk of Provence for example, sometimes striped with green like the giraumon turban, or then white or yellow like the patisson, the Baby Boo and the Patidou squash, they lend themselves to many uses and decorate tables, buffets, entry halls or terraces, especially in autumn when they reach maturity. So in April-May, it's time to sow them! Cauliflowers are also real natural decorative elements: most often known as white, they can also be available in purple, orange or green. The most graphic is the romanesco cabbage whose shape is particularly original. Want to cultivate them in your plot? They are found in seeds or plants, to be planted between April and June mainly. Finally, the artichoke, in green and pink tones, is also a star of decorative vegetables, since it is even used by certain inventive florists in bouquets! However, if it is very beautiful, it is not easy to grow, and long to obtain ... It is therefore reserved rather for seasoned gardeners, ideally in Brittany and Provence.

See everyday vegetables differently

Tomatoes, beans, carrots, corn, radishes ... These vegetables are grown in the vegetable patch for daily seasonal consumption. What if you change your habits a bit by growing and then consuming original varieties? Let's start with tomatoes, which come in many varieties. Beyond their differences in shape and size (from dwarf to beef heart through that in the shape of a pear), they are commonly red, but can also be cocoa brown (Crimean black for example), yellow (Goldene Königin, Yellow Pearshaped, Mirabelle cherry tomato, Gold Nugget and Banana Legs tomato) or dew (Rose de Berne). In the vegetable garden, play on these aesthetic variants, on the sizes and also on the tastes and heights ... The most astonishing is the "Pineapple" tomato, chubby and yellow, with a slight pineapple taste as its name suggests. The Supersweet 100 cherry tomato gives a lot of fruit, so it is both aesthetic and delicious. Their culture requires a good dose of sun. Start sowing in February-March-April, planting in April-May, to have fruit in summer; and don't forget to cut the gourmands to encourage their growth.
Photo credit: Le Paysan - Plan SAS As for beans, it's not just green and white in your life! There are also beans with yellow pods ('butter beans') and with purple pods which will give color to the vegetable patch: Rocquencourt, Roi des Beurres, Purple Queen (dwarf), Purple Teepee (the pods grow above the foliage) … The purple snowmobiles turn green on the plate, however. As for the varied Spanish bean with long and flat pods, it blooms in white or red; climbing, you can push it for example against a wall or on a fence. Sowing is from April to June, then allow two to three months to wait before being able to consume them. Radishes and carrots can also be multicolored: since they grow in the ground, in the garden we do not see these yellow, purple, white, orange roots more or less light or dark ... but they can offer an explosion of colors on the table! The site sells, for example, radish mixes: the round "Sora", the rather streamlined and white ice radish, the flamboyant radish (the one we know most, pink with white tip) ... There are also half-long, round, yellow, purple, white, red ... As for the Japanese "Misato Red", it is a red XL radish 5 cm in diameter to be sown only from July. Radishes and carrots can be grown in the open ground as well as in a planter, but the container must be very deep for the latter. And to complete the picture, also dare the Harlequin corn and white or yellow beets (Burpees Golden), easy to grow in the sun.

Eggplant and zucchini too

The famous eggplant and zucchini can also be very decorative. Fleshy, shiny and colorful, more or less long or round, the aubergines are available in very dark purple, in a striated version (Riado at Caillard), in white and in round shape, called 'egg'. Zucchini, on the other hand, also produces very pretty flowers which are edible, and can be green or yellow (like Golden Rush), or even white (from Virginia, from Sicily).

Salads and aromatics: green plants!

It is possible to make pretty decorations in the garden with green, blond, red, embossed, curly lettuces ... Cutting salads have grown a lot lately, they are very pretty plants. Create a beautiful set with the different varieties that exist. The Little Gem is a Roman with dark green foliage, the Pandero another Roman with red foliage, the Lollo Rosso, it has tender curly leaves; the wild chicory Variegata Di Castelfranco is pale green with red speckles, and crisp (to be enjoyed in autumn and winter). As for the chicory Palla Rossa, to be sown in May-June for the end of the summer, it produces like little red cabbage. They all like to be sown in the sun or in partial shade, and above all to be kept moist - without drowning them either. They will go wonderfully in a universal soil, in the vegetable patch as on a balcony.
Photo credit: Le Paysan - Plan SAS In the same family, the chard (or perry) Bright Lights has beautiful and large green leaves veined with red / orange / yellow; and the rhubarb launches its pink stems with large leaves ... very beautiful in the garden! As for the cive, which resembles the new onion and chives, it can evoke grasses by its shape. To sow in partial shade or in the sun, in a pot or in the ground, it grows from spring to autumn. And let's not forget the aromatic herbs! Basil, usually green, can be purple. Make borders in the garden by alternating the colors and the shape of the leaves: large green, fine green, compact dwarf fine green, dwarf Marseille (small balls), Purple Opal… And also add the basil 'lemon' and 'in the queue cinnamon 'for the fun side! Chives, mint, parsley, garlic and shallots also have beautiful leaves that can frame the vegetable patch.

Peppers-peppers: spice up the decor!

They come in many varieties, in different sizes, shapes and colors: red, green or yellow / orange ... this is what gives color to salads! To be planted in the open ground only in the southern regions or with a very sunny exposure, otherwise you will find ornamental peppers in pots in garden centers (to be taken out in the open air only when the risk of frost is over). Among the originals, the Chocolate-colored Mini Chocolate Bell pepper, Basque pepper and Snackor mini peppers. They will bear fruit at the end of summer and until autumn, provided they are in full sun.
Photo credit: Le Paysan - Plan SAS

The amazing

Push the game of discovery and decoration until sowing spinach-strawberries, which are also neither spinach nor strawberry, but small acidic red berries to the taste of beetroot with leaves to taste hazelnut! Easy to cultivate in open ground from March to July. Then cook the fruits and leaves. The glacial ficoid whose thick leaves have a frosted appearance, is an ancient vegetable which is sown from May to August, for a harvest from July to October; or Physalis Edulis, also called Peruvian cockerel, which produces edible yellow-orange berries. Have fun !

Soil and crops…

All these plants are pretty if they are in good health, therefore if their culture is well done and especially if the soil is well prepared by providing organic matter, bio-manure or compost. Take care to follow the recommendations according to the brands and garden centers, and so that these vegetables are always more "decorative", grow them in vegetable patches in the garden or above ground (very fashionable) - there are models in wood, metal or rigid fabric like the very trendy BacSac. We like the association of many pots, each occupied with a single vegetable or a single aromatic: you can even customize the terracotta pots with paint and vary the dimensions and shapes to create a harmonious and delicious set . Finally, the fashion of the green wall can also adapt to the cultivation of certain vegetables, like here! To read : - The guide to plants that are easy to grow - vegetable, aromatic, trees, shrubs, flowers, climbing plants, fruit trees. Rustica Editions, released on February 21, 2014, 18 x 22 cm, 352 pages, € 24.95. - Growing your garden, Prat Editions, released on March 13, 2014, 160 pages, € 17.90. Thanks : - Didier Court, industrial director of Plan Jardin / Le Paysan-Caillard, - Anne-Sophie Bourrigaud, founder of, - Pascal Armel, site manager Our practical gardening videos