We once wrote a post titled Ornamental Edibles Or Pretty Tasty. (Click here to read it if you are interested. Sometimes we are clever with titles, sometimes not.) Thinking about food as pretty in a garden-y way makes sense on many levels.
Recently the switch was made in the containers around the Fairegarden that are replanted for warm and cold seasons twice yearly, from coleus and flowing flowering annuals to a mix of violas and greens. Redbor kale and red mustard offer colorful leaves that can be cut for nibbling and cooking along with curley parsley for a bright green punch.
Two of the lineup of blue pots on the step-down part of the long wall are treated with changing plantings. The summer Iresine performed well, the Pentas and Berry-named Calibrachoas did not. Out they go, into the compost bin.
Replanted and ready to meet the cold temperatures, hopefully without losses. The violas will make it until June, it is doubtful that the greens will last that long, but we are ever optimistic. The kale has beautiful yellow flowers, if it lives that long. We are zone 7a, and lucky to have plantings in containers, and the containers themselves that can sit outside over the winter months. They are propped up on pot feet and filled with a fast draining potting mix.
New wire hanging baskets were added to the arbor this year. The summer plantings fried to a crisp with inadequate watering. Much more xeric type things will have to go in next year, but our wet winter should keep the greens and violas happy. We hope.
The standing wire container along the wall is a good space to experiment and better than those hanging baskets under the arbor. The hose is just inches away to help with the lack of rainfall during the warm times. During the cold times, water is not an issue, even if it freezes, which it will. The plants seem to survive that harsh treatment without harm. This photo was taken with the use of the flash.
Here is a sunnier view of it. Look down at the bottom, along the wall, there is the wire planter. It kind of is a bit player at the moment, what with the fall foliage and pink muhly showing off. But when things tone down a bit, the ornamental edibles will be a welcome sight, and taste.