How to Grow Cabbage Creatively

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Cabbage plants act as a foliage filler in spring container plantings.
Cool-season stalwarts, like pansies and violas, mix nicely with cabbage plants. 
Cabbage plants can extend the life of ornamental containers from spring into summer.
Cabbage plants act as a foliage filler in spring container plantings.Click To Enlarge

Cabbage plants act as a foliage filler in spring container plantings.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Cabbage is one of those plants that vegetable gardeners either love or hate to plant. 

Some won't add cabbage plants to their gardens because they take up too much garden real estate. Others think cabbage plants are hard to grow. Then there are those who simply don't enjoy eating this cool-weather vegetable. Cabbage worms can be a problem, too.

But cabbage is an especially ornamental plant and it can add large, leafy foliage to your spring plantings. Instead of growing big heads of cabbage, use the small plants to complement spring-blooming flowers.

Whether planting in the annual flower bed or in containers, cabbage plants mix especially well with other cool-weather plants. Here are a few ways to add cabbage plants to your spring flower garden:

  • Slip a few cabbage plants among the daffodils, tulips and other blooming bulbs. 
  • Mix cabbages with pansies and ranunculus in large containers.
  • Use the cabbages' thick leaves to add texture to spring containers of other greens like colorful chard or leafy lettuces.
  • Space cabbage plants along the outside edges of the vegetable bed as a border planting.
  • Create a fairy garden combining small flowers, like violas, with cabbage plants.
  • Use cabbage plants to fill in an ornamental bed of snapdragons and an assortment of colorful primrose flowers.

What ideas do you have for using cabbage's beautiful foliage in your ornamental garden?

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Comments (6)

AdamCox writes: This is crazy.. =) Nice dude!

Posted: 2:49 am on October 18th
ShakolGopter writes: Beautiful flowers! I will try to make something similar :) I hope to be good

Posted: 4:24 am on October 13th
andrearoseus writes: Truly amazing
Posted: 5:56 am on May 12th
DamienLegendre writes: wooow ! very nice !
Posted: 7:54 am on April 29th
Elizabeth70 writes: No way they are cabbages. I didn't know they can be so pretty. Wow!
Posted: 10:50 am on April 12th
evanlynn writes: Wow, they are mesmerizing
Posted: 5:28 am on April 12th
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