My Favorite Fall Flowers are Vegetables
The prettiest flowers still blooming in my garden, are vegetables. Next year, I’m growing okra in the flower beds. The big daffodil colored flowers are gorgeous.
You may think of these flowers as vegetables. Even if you don’t eat okra, consider growing the plant just for the blooms. The big yellow discs look like the pink flowers of the hibiscus or sorrel plants.
The dried calyes of the hibiscus flower will be ruby-red tea this winter. The plant has beautiful garden-worthy flowers even though the goal is to produce tea. The pink flowers will bloom until frost.
One-inch lavender flowers of eggplants are blooming nonstop in this cooler season. A light frost will kill the plants before the eggplant fruits are mature. I’m growing the eggplants for the flowers, not the vegetables.
Today I picked half a dozen Anaheim and Pablano peppers plus a pint basket of okra. All of these plants, the peppers, okra and the eggplants are blooming and thriving.
As you order seed for next spring, consider mixing some traditional vegetable crops into the flower beds. The prettiest flowers in the fall garden are vegetable plants.
It’s November, zone 6 in Missouri. Vegetable gardening could have been over two months ago. But, container grown vegetables have become the season extending flowers of the season.