A vegetable garden can give you hours of enjoyment, peace of mind and a bountiful harvest that’s not only delicious, but nutritious and organic as well. But creating a vegetable garden doesn’t have to be all about food. In fact, a vegetable garden can easily become an ornamental vegetable garden with a few of these favorite plants for an ornamental garden.
Squash The most widely thought of plant in any ornamental garden, the squash is a versatile vegetable with many uses. While many types of squash are used for eating, many other types of squash such as the Turban squash, Baby Boo Pumpkin squash, delicata squash, calabash squash and carnival squash are all known as decorative or ornamental squashes.
Many ornamental squashes have beautiful shapes, colors and textures that are perfect for any ornamental vegetable garden. What is wonderful about many of the ornamental squashes is that they are not only beautiful, they are also delicious.
Gourds I know what you’re thinking. A gourd is a squash. True, a gourd is a squash, but a gourd is typically not edible. Not to mention they do look a little funky. What’s fun about growing gourds is that they can be used for decorations, birdhouses, musical instruments and even drinking vessels.
Gourds grow super easy. They are thought to be the first plant ever to be cultivated by man. Many archeological expeditions have found remains of gourds at nearly every site of early man, some over 15,000 years old. Gourds and mankind have existed in harmony for a long time, growing gourds ornamental garden just might be in our ancient genetics.
Tomatoes This plant is my favorite for ornamental vegetable gardening. With so many varieties, colors, shapes, textures and tastes, tomatoes are the ultimate ornamental vegetable. Easy to grow, the tomato is sun loving and doesn’t require a whole lot of water when well mulched.
Plants like the black bear tomato, black cherry tomato, coyote tomato and German green tomatoes are all heirloom tomatoes. An heirloom vegetable is a rare breed or species of a vegetable that has been either breed nearly out of existence or simply forgotten. Thanks to online vendors and a new resurgence in organic gardening, heirloom vegetables are here to stay. Best of all, heirloom tomatoes are just the beginning. An ornamental vegetable garden can be entirely built around heirloom vegetables and is certainly not limited to this top three list.