Brighten up your vegetable garden with these colorful ornamentals
Ornamental vegetables are great for bringing pops of color to your garden.
These attractive vegetable plants are ideal for small yards, where you don’t have space for separate flower and vegetable gardens.
You can also grow ornamental vegetables in containers, tubs, pots and window boxes.
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12 ORNAMENTAL VEGETABLE PLANTS
Decorative cabbages are one of the most beautiful ornamental vegetables and look great as bedding plants.
Ornamental cabbages are edible but they have a bitter taste, so you can use them as a garnish or just enjoy their beauty in the garden.
There are some beautiful pink, purple and white ornamental cabbages that would look great in any garden.
Purple kale has attractive, frilly leaves that can range from reddish purple to dark purple.
Its beautiful foliage makes it an ideal bedding plant and it looks great when planted in rows or alternated with other colorful foliage plants like decorative cabbage or lettuce.
Cauliflower is a cool-season cruciferous vegetable and along with the regular white variety, it also comes in colorful varieties including green, orange and purple.
As well as looking great in the garden, these colorful varieties of cauliflower are high in antioxidants like anthocyanin, which is also found in red grapes.
Tomatoes are one of the most common vegetable garden plants, but there are some really interesting and attractive varieties that you can plant for a spectacular display.
5. Rainbow Chard
Rainbow chard is related to beets and comes in a variety of colors including red, yellow, purple and pink.
It has a slightly bitter taste, similar to spinach, and the leaves and stalks are both edible.
Rainbow chard looks great when planted on its own in the garden or combined with other brightly colored veggies.
If you normally plant green beans in your vegetable garden, why not try some different varieties for some extra color?
You can grow beans on an arbor or trellis to save space in your garden and make a beautiful display.
Kohlrabi is a cruciferous vegetable from the same family as cabbage and broccoli.
It looks like a root vegetable, but it’s actually the swollen stem of the plant that is visible just above the soil.
Kohlrabi can be green or purple and both varieties have a similar taste. The leaves are also edible and can be used in salads.
Purple kohlrabi looks stunning in the garden planted on its own or combined with other brightly colored vegetables like rainbow chard.
Brightly colored lettuces are ideal edible ornamental vegetables.
I like planting alternate colored lettuces along a border to add interest to the garden.
Chilli peppers are attractive border plants that are best suited to areas with warm temperatures.
They grow well in full sun and the plants can reach 3 feet (90 cm) in height.
Eggplants are beautiful edible ornamentals that come in a range of colors including dark purple, light purple, white and striped varieties.
Lighter colored eggplants are usually less bitter tasting than the deep purple varieties.
Yellow is one of my favorite colors and I love growing yellow squash to bring extra color to the garden.
Yellow squash can grow up to a foot long but they taste a lot nicer when they’re harvested before they grow too large.
Squash are fast growing vegetables so you’ll need to check your plants and harvest your squash regularly.
12. Globe Artichokes
Globe artichokes are perennial plants that will come back each year.
They can grow up to 3 or 4 feet (90 to 120 cm) tall and have a spectacular purple flowering head. 
Artichokes are great for adding some height to your ornamental vegetable garden.
So there’s my list of 12 beautiful ornamental vegetables to plant in your garden.
There are many reasons to plant edible ornamentals. Not only do they look great, they’re also super nutritious and high in antioxidants.
Kids are also more likely to eat vegetables that are brightly colored and it’s a great way to get them interested in gardening and food preparation.
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