Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Something Pretty For Your Fall Home and Garden

When the air gets crisp it is time to plant some ornamental Kale. I always plant it in my winter garden. Ornamental Kale will add a sculptural shape, texture and color to your Fall/Winter garden.

Fall Plantings ribbit

In the above image you can see my Fall plantings from last year. 

I chose a color pallet of white, yellow, and purple. The soft green and white ornamental Kale was the perfect texture for this mix.

Every year I try to vary my color pallet slightly, but it always includes a touch of purple and ornamental Kale.
Ornamental Kale Fall Plantings ribbit
In 2011 I chose to use mostly purple flowers with ornamental Kale. My pumpkins will range in color from dark green, light green to white.

Fall 2011 006 (600x800) ribbit

Kale can also be used inside your home. I like to use it in my kitchen……………

Fall Changes in the kitchen 2012 007 (600x800) ribbita
Easy to grow and maintain, so don’t be afraid to use it inside or outside in you very own home.

Here are a few more ideas on how to use Ornamental Kale…
I love the waterfall of the sweet potato vine, and creeping Charlie.
pumpkin flower box
For you orange lovers!! The purple Kale looks beautiful as an accent in this window box.
Beautiful fall urn. Downtown Chicago
You might not have an urn this large, but you could still do this on a smaller scale, or even in your flower bed.

a little Fall drama for your door
As you all know I am not an orange gal, but this is stunning. I love the offset design using the wheat.

purple and white ornamental cabbage for fall gardens

Mixing the purple and white varieties makes a beautiful display.

Let me leave you with a group of plants that will mix beautifully with ornamental Kale to give you an idea of what you might be able to apply in your own garden…….

Fall plantings a  ribbit
You will notice I use several plants for color and texture. This is what works for me in California, and I know it will vary in different parts of the country.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to go dig in the dirt!!