And there really were cabbages and cruciferous veggies in a surprising number of flower beds.
Kind of unique, you know... but I have to say, they didn't really ADD to the landscape. In some cases, like the lone kohlrabi in the petunia bed... they were just plain wierd.
Just plain ugly in that flower bed. Did the rest get eaten? Only the DBG staff knows for sure! This was not going to sell the concept of combining edibles into one's ornamental garden beds, however - I could see that from the faces of visitors strolling past this display. I should've painted the face on the actual kohlrabi in the bed.
Some things worked and combined really beautifully. Check out the mini-watermelons along walk edging this garden bed:
And perhaps my favorite of all the edible/ornamental displays was this container of "purples" featuring a beautiful, silvery cardoon for height (very delicious) and several gentle purple-leaved sage plants amid the flowers:
There were more odd combos throughout the garden beds - melons in trees and other interesting but confusing offerings. I must say, I feel quite conservative in my landscaping after this tour!
Perhaps the cabbage-mad garden designer at DBG this year is a fan of French author/statesman, Michel de Montaigne....
"I want death to find me planting my cabbages."...Montaigne, Essays Book I (1880)
Me, too! Well, if not my cabbages, perhaps something else....