Ornamental Companions For Vegetable Plants
Companion planting and combining means growing plants together that like or benefit each other. And mixing ornamental plants among vegetable plants can increase both the vitality and the beauty of your garden. Here are some beautiful ornamental plants as companion for vegetable plants. Heirloom marigolds secrete chemicals through their roots that deter pests from tomatoes. Their pungent fragrance repels some animals and detrimental insects. Plant these low-growing, golden-hued, prolific bloomers around the edge of tomato patches. Then, the small clusters of blooms on tall, feathery yarrow plants attract parasitic wasps to the garden. These wasps feed on tomato worms and other vegetable pests. Yarrow is available with blooms in shades including white, pink and bright red, but its striking foliage adds a major design element to your garden.
Plant them in clusters near the corners of beds to soften row edges. Alternatively, use yarrow as part of a mix of perennial herbs and flowers, such as lavender, oregano and daisies, and perennial vegetable plants, such as globe artichoke, cardoon and ground cherries. Planting them in a place where they can grow undisturbed from year to year makes them available to beneficial insects during every stage of their life cycle. Or, gardener can choose fennel and dill. The wispy fronds of fennel and dill spread prolifically in a vegetable garden, adding height, fragrance and texture in unexpected locations from year to year.