Kale: Another Combination for the Fall

Kale and Salvia in cutting garden
In strolling about my garden, with a new camera in tow, I focused on finding interesting fall plant combinations. When I came upon some ruffled, silver/greenish leaved kale with maroon ribbing and stems juxtapositioned against the chartreuse leaves of a salvia that Nan mentioned in an earlier post (mine didn’t bloom either), I thought, yes, this combination is really worth noting: something that I used in my cutting gardening this year but that could easily be planted up in herbaceous borders. So, a thank you to Nan for reminding me that kale is certainly one of those great plants whose leaves can work with a whole range of plant colors, shapes and textures. And you can count on it to consistently give a garden an infusion of color straight through the fall.

Kale and Salvia Up Close
Anyone else have some terrific kale combinations that you want to brag about? Go ahead! On this blog, you automatically are given bragging rights!

About Fran Sorin

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender.

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2 Responses to Kale: Another Combination for the Fall

  1. Kim October 3, 2007 at 7:50 pm #

    Beautiful–I am kicking myself right now for not getting my ‘Lacinato’ seeds planted this year! I love that against the chartreuse salvia–which I have in my garden as well, and which also did not bloom for me this year. I’m going to try to bring it inside and baby it through the winter to see if getting a head start next year will help.

  2. fsorin October 4, 2007 at 11:52 am #

    Kim-
    Great idea to bring salvia indoors for winter to see if you can coax a bloom from it. You’ve inspired me to do the same! Any other salvias that you’re particularly fond of??