One of the most frequent comments I get about my vegetable garden is that it’s so beautiful. Aesthetics are important to me, and having a productive and beautiful garden is my goal each year. And since my garden is very visible to my whole neighborhood, I figure my neighbors appreciate the effort!
It’s doesn’t take a lot of extra work to have a vegetable garden that pops with color and interest. You just need to know a few tricks of the trade!
Spring starts slowly here in Wisconsin and the vegetable garden can seem pretty flat and boring at that time of year. Mostly I feel like I’m looking at a field of hay and woodchip mulch. So, a few years ago I decided to add some spring color to my vegetable garden. I always plant bulbs in my perennial gardens and each spring I always seem to think to myself, “More bulbs next year.” It’s a long winter here and those first blooms of the spring mean so much to a color starved gardener like me. There’s no such thing as too many bulbs in my book!
So, I went to my local nursery and bought tulip, daffodil and allium bulbs. I tucked them into the corners of some of my garden beds last fall. Wow! This spring it really made a difference to have those flowers blooming by the beginning of May. You can see from the photos that there’s not much else going on in the garden at that time. The flowers really offer some dramatic pops of color.
As you can see, I simply planted the bulbs at the ends of several beds throughout the garden. I usually plant summer annuals in those spots anyway, so by the time the blooms were fading I tucked in another plant around it.
I love this photo with the purple kale in the background behind the pink tulip.
I like successions of flowers in my garden, so I also planted late-season blooming bulbs like iris and purple allium in the perennial bed between my front yard garden and the street.
The time to plant bulbs is now in most areas! Take a trip to your local nursery and add some color to your vegetable garden in the coming weeks. I liked mine so much this spring that I’m going to add a few more bulbs this fall.
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