The dramatic foliage on ornamental kale makes for a great garden border. Ornamental varieties can be prepared the same way as common Kale.
2. Purple Sage
Varieties vary from green with purple veins to foliage with an almost marbled appearance to full, saturated purple. Sage pairs well with poultry and other meats.
Tall stalks are topped with purple pom-pom shaped blossoms. Enjoy the blooms, then use the chopped stalks later for seasoning.
On a recent trip to Palm Springs I spotted artichokes used as a sculptural addition to planters. The unopened edible buds have a dramatic form, and if you allow some to go to flower you'll be rewarded with a vibrant purple bloom.
An old standby, the tall purple stalks of flowers are beautiful when grown in drifts of color and can be used in tea, to flavor honey, or in baked goods.
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