How to Grow a Colorful Vegetable Garden

colorful vegetable harvest

If you had to pick a favorite time in your vegetable garden judging by aesthetics alone, which would it be? Spring, summer, fall (and winter if you’re one of the lucky ones) each have their own color palette. The colors of early spring are gentle and fresh –  the tender greens of newly emerging seedlings, the chartreuse of the trees pushing out their first leaves, and the soft whites, pinks and yellows of the early flowers.

Summer is when the color party really gets started. Those muted tones of spring flowers give way to the stronger purples, yellows, red and oranges of summer. Your vegetable plants start to put on exponential growth and become a deeper green. The first colorful fruits and vegetables can be seen peeking through the plants.

Fall brings the slanting light that gently caresses the vegetables and keeps them looking their best for the camera, the riot of color from annuals tumbling over themselves, and the harvests. Oh, the harvests! There’s every color imaginable in the baskets and bowls that overflow your kitchen counters.

Fall is my favorite time in my garden. The colors pull me in and beckon me to stay awhile with my camera. I open the living room curtains every morning so I can get a full view of my garden in all its glory. It’s with my gorgeous fall garden that I can finally pronounce the season a success!

I love bright colors, and fall is the season when they’re on display in all of their striking combinations and happy accidents. The flowers and vegetables are shouting from the garden, “Look at me!  See how beautiful I am!”

That’s why this is the perfect time for a garden tour focusing on the rainbow of colors that is the fall vegetable garden.


It’s the flowers I plant throughout my garden that really brings my design together. Notice in the below photo how your eye is drawn to the colorful pops of the annuals.

vegetable garden with flowers

The fall garden is when my annual flowers really set off pops of explosive color that make my heart so happy!

yellow flower in garden

The insects in my garden are so artsy they like to match themselves to the flower they’re playing on.


The purple blue of salvia against the silver blue of lacinato kale.

flowers in vegetable garden


I picked up this passionflower late in the spring on a whim and I’m so glad I did!



I choose the vegetables I grow based on how well they perform and how beautiful they are. You can have a very productive and extremely beautiful garden at the same time!


If anyone stole the show this year it was the peppers!



tomatoes in a blue bowl in garden

I collect pottery and this bowl sets off the Sungold tomatoes perfectly.


Dragon tongue bean is a pleasure to pick.


Is there anything more joyful than filling up bowls and baskets from your kitchen with the overflowing harvest of fall?



colorful carrots in garden

yellow garden vegetables

And finally, you may know that I’m a mosaic artist. One of my goals this summer was to create address numbers for our house. I think it complements the garden perfectly!


gardening planning book



I share 10 unique and colorful varieties to grow in your garden and 6 favorite flowers for the vegetable garden, with full color photos, in my book, Smart Start Garden Planner. 

Check it out here.



Feeling inspired to add more color to your garden?

How to choose plants to create a decorative vegetable garden.

10 of my favorite colorful vegetable varieties.



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