Gardening Articles: Edibles :: Vegetables

A Rainbow of Color in the Vegetable Garden

by Susan Littlefield


With the increasing interest in edible landscaping and the "food, not lawns" approach to cultivation, gardeners want their food gardens not only to be a bountiful source of fresh produce but to look great as well. One way to add beauty and excitement in the landscape as well as the kitchen is to grow vegetables in a colorful array of varieties.

Burpee makes this easy with many of its new offerings for the 2011 season. Start with the Kings of Color Tomato Collection, available either as seeds or started plants. The four large slicers in this collection are all hybrid, indeterminate varieties for a summer-long harvest. The varied colors of 'Heritage,' 'Pink Pounder,' 'Orange Slice' and 'Sunny Boy' will delight the eye in the garden as well as on the plate.

The luminous, light green, 8-inch fruits of the new, early-maturing 'Limelight' hybrid zucchini contrast beautifully with its silver-mottled, deep green leaves. Ready in only 50 days, with a rich, creamy flavor, its unique color is really eye-catching.

Spaghetti squash is enjoyed for its flesh that separates into strands like its namesake pasta, to be enjoyed hot with sauce or cold in a salad. Burpee's new variety 'Goldetti' will also add a bright accent to the garden with its deep, rich gold color. This semi-bush variety produces a heavy yield of 4 to 6 pound fruits.

For some dramatic garden color, try the new basil 'Round Midnight.' The shiny, deep purple leaves of this highly aromatic hybrid variety, along with its dense growth habit and showy spikes of light purple flowers, make it a standout in the garden as well as a beautiful culinary garnish.

So this year, don't think of color only as the province of the flower garden. Plan a food garden that contributes equally to the table and the landscape with a rainbow of vegetables.

For more information on these colorful new vegetables and all of Burpee's new 2011 offerings, go to : Burpee.

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