Planting a vegetable garden can be not only a source of fresh and healthy produce but also a beautiful decoration for your outdoor space. With the right combination of showy vegetable plants, you can create a stunning and edible garden that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Here are some tips on how to plant a vegetable garden for decoration, including some of the best showy vegetable plants to include in your garden.
(Featured Image: Decorative Kale by Harsh Light)
5 Ways To Make Your Garden Decorative:
1. Chose The Right Location
Before you start planting, choose the right location for your vegetable garden. Ideally, the garden should be in a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight each day. You should also consider the soil type and drainage in the area. Most vegetables prefer well-draining soil with a pH level of 6.0 to 7.0. If your soil is too sandy or too heavy, you may need to amend it with organic matter or compost.
When planting a garden for decoration as well as food, you’ll want your hard work to be noticeable! Go all out with a front yard garden, a beautiful container garden on a porch, or make an elongated garden along the sunny side of your home. Make sure it is visible to people walking by!
Ornamental Pepper Plant by Jim
2. Design Your Garden For Curb Appeal
Designing your vegetable garden is the next step. Consider the layout of your garden, including the size, shape, and arrangement of the beds. You may want to create raised beds, which can help improve drainage and soil quality. You can also add paths or walkways to make it easier to access your plants.
When choosing your showy vegetable plants, consider how they will look in your garden. You can create a stunning visual display by grouping different colors and textures together. For example, red kale and purple basil look beautiful when planted together, as do colorful peppers and cherry tomatoes.
Edible Garden by Myrna Litt
3. Choose Showy Vegetable Plants
One of the best ways to make your vegetable garden more decorative is to choose showy vegetable plants that are both beautiful and edible. Here are some of the best showy vegetable plants to include in your garden:
Red Kale: Red kale is a stunning vegetable plant that can add a pop of color to your garden. Its deep red leaves look beautiful when planted in groups, and it is also a nutritious leafy green that is packed with vitamins and minerals.
Rainbow Swiss Chard: Rainbow Swiss chard is another colorful vegetable plant that can add a splash of color to your garden. Its leaves come in a range of colors, from deep red to bright yellow, and it is a delicious and healthy vegetable to add to salads or sautéed dishes.
Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes are a popular vegetable plant that are easy to grow and add a burst of color to your garden. They come in a range of colors, from red and yellow to orange and green, and are delicious eaten fresh off the vine or added to salads.
Colorful Peppers: Colorful peppers, such as bell peppers, come in a range of colors, including red, orange, yellow, and green. They are a beautiful addition to any garden and are also a great source of vitamins and minerals.
Purple Basil: Purple basil is a beautiful herb that has deep purple leaves and a slightly spicy flavor. It looks stunning when planted next to green basil or red kale and can also be used to add color and flavor to salads or pesto.
Don’t forget about fruit! Berry bushes can make a striking addition to any decorative garden, and will provide harvests for years to come. Try to plant berry bushes along the back edge of your garden so their roots are not disturbed during the annual turning of the soil for your veggie plants.
Rainbow Swiss Chard by Local Food Initiative
4. Decoratively Arrange Your Plants
Once you have chosen your showy vegetable plants and designed your garden, it’s time to plant. Follow the instructions on your seed packets or starter plants for the best results. You may want to consider companion planting, which involves planting different plants together that benefit each other. For example, planting marigolds next to your vegetables can help repel pests and improve soil quality.
Starting with seedlings gives you a better idea of spacing when trying to arrange your plants. Seedlings also tend to do better in areas with shorter growing seasons, like Northern Michigan. Lay out your plants on top of the soil to get an idea of what your arrangement will look like prior to actually planting them in the ground.
Beautiful Backyard Harvest by Woodley
5. Do Routine Maintenance
Maintaining your vegetable garden is essential to keeping it healthy and beautiful. This includes watering your plants regularly, fertilizing them as needed, and pruning them to promote growth and prevent disease. You should also monitor your plants for signs of pests or disease and take action immediately.
Regular pruning, harvesting, and watering can help keep your garden looking colorful and fresh. Bright colors and healthy plans can add a lot of curb appeal and decoration to your home.
Pretty Plot by JNZL
Start Your Decorative Garden Today!
Starting a vegetable garden can be a fun and rewarding experience. Michigan has a great climate for many types of vegetables which will help provide a bountiful harvest in the fall.
Starting with healthy, established vegetable seedlings is the key to any healthy decorative garden. Bright Lane Gardens has a wide selection of veggie starts and seedlings that are specifically chosen for their ability to grow well in Michigan.
Anna is one of the owners here at Bright Lane Gardens, and our resident plant and garden expert. Anna started gardening from a young age and has continued to grow her knowledge in the horticulture realm over the years. With a keen interest in sustainable gardening through organic gardening practices and the use of drought tolerant and native plants, Anna is committed to spreading this knowledge through blog posts and Bright Lane Garden's YouTube channel.