Posts Tagged ‘ornamental edible plants’

Plant Profile: Love Lies Bleeding


Love lies bleeding

Love Lies Bleeding, paired with another showstopper, the Castor Bean plant.

In the category of ‘plants with personality’, Love Lies Bleeding is outstanding. The Latin name is Amaranthus caudatus, and like other amaranth plants, it is edible. Young leaves of amaranth can be used as salad greens, they’re similar in taste to beet greens or spinach. The seeds are also edible. This amaranth in particular is best grown as an eye-catching annual.  Tassel flower, another of its common names is very descriptive, as the mature flowers resemble heavy red tassels which droop down pendulously. The bright green leaves contrast twith the red stems and flowers, and the plant works very well when paired with burgundy, as in this one in the picture with the castor bean plant.

Thinking About Dinner?

Rodin's The Thinker sculpture in the vegetable garden

Hmm, sauteed spinach with a side of kale?

French sculptor Rodin, like his countrymen, most likely loved his food fresh from the garden. This little copy of Rodin’s The Thinker is plunked down in a vegetable garden, at a house with an almost completely edible front yard garden. This new growing trend takes edibles out of the back yard and puts them out front for all to see. And when edible plants are as pretty as these leafy greens, why not? At this sustainably built house, grape vines are trained up a porch, artichokes grow next to roses, berry bushes and strawberries scramble over the edging. The Thinker ponders while spinach, kale and potatoes grow all around him. It’s a little easier to imagine what’s for dinner when dinner is growing three feet away.