Mix Vegetables with Your Flower Garden? Absolutely!

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There’s a bit of fabulous chaos happening in the gardening world. Beans are happily climbing with clematis. Herbs are cohabitating with echinacea. Food is growing with flowers. It used to be that vegetable gardens were stuck in an out-of-sight corner of the backyard. Flower gardens occupied the high profile spaces around our homes. Not any more. Plants are busting out of their traditional roles and growing together—wherever—in harmony.

Flowers are certainly known for their attractiveness, unlike vegetables, which are primarily functional. However, vegetables and herbs often look better than you think, especially when placed around gorgeous blooms. The decorative aspect of vegetables is often part of the reason why home gardeners choose to incorporate them into their flower beds, especially in place of ornamental grasses and foliage. Planting vegetables near flowers also ensures that plenty of beneficial insects are attracted to the area, reports GrowVeg.com. Not only do flowers’ bright colors and aromatic scents attract pollinating insects like butterflies, moths, bees and beetles (which help pollinate vegetable flowers too), but they can bring in insects that eat those that are dangerous to your plants, like aphids and mealybugs. It’s a win-win for both blossoms and veggies! Click on the image above to read more!