Ornamental Cabbage

Ornamental cabbages and kales add wonderful texture and color to winter containers and garden borders. They offer a cooler color pallet in shades of purple, pink, green and white.

Ornamental cabbages and kales add wonderful texture and color to winter containers and garden borders. They offer a cooler color pallet in shades of purple, pink, green and white.

Emperor Red
Emperor Red

Textures vary from smooth ruffled rosettes to intensely curled heads. Generally the cabbage cultivars have smooth scalloped leaves and stay lower to the ground. In comparison, kale varieties can be more feathery, sometimes taller, and may hold their color better. Like edible cabbages and kales, ornamental varieties slow down or almost stop growing above ground generally in October. If planted in time, most varieties hold at 12-18” tall and wide through the winter.

Emperor White
Emperor White

With the onset of warm weather the spires of yellow flowers can shoot up to three feet tall. Since they thrive in cold weather they are the perfect accent to pansies, dusty miller, conifers, evergreen grasses and perennials. Also some tall varieties are popular in the floral industry for bouquets and arrangements.

Ornamental Cabbage

Leaves and flowers of ornamental cabbages and kales are also edible! They are the same species as varieties commonly know as edible. Restaurants have been using the attractive leaves for garnish for years, but they are also tasty in salad, stir-fry and as kale chips.

It is important to inquire at your local nursery whether the plants are safe to eat, or may have residual pesticides that are not intended for consumption. Brassica flowers are also an excellent source of early pollen and nectar for pollinators.

Some varieties you can find at Portland Nursery:

Cabbage varieties:

Osaka Pink

Osaka Pink

Dark purple outer leaves and rich pink inner leaves. Large smooth leaves have gently undulating edges which creates a dense texture.

Osaka Red

Same as Osaka Pink but has rich magenta inner leaves.

Kale varieties:

Coral Prince

Coral Prince

Dark green and white leaves with pink centers. Some of the white tipped leaves even have green dots around the edges. Deeply incised leaves give plants a lacy effect.

Coral Queen

Coral Queen

An ornamental kale with dark purple leaves and magenta centers. Deeply incised leaves give plants a lacy effect.

Crane or Pigeon Kale

Tall varieties used in floral arrangements. Generally they grow a tall stem topped by a foliage rosette in a variety of colors.

Glamour Red

Glamour Red

An award winning variety with unique shiny fringed leaves. Center leaves are bright magenta surrounded by green leaves with outer leaves a dusty purple. Mature size is 10-12” tall and wide.

Purple Peacock

Purple Peacock

This variety is most reminiscent of its edible cultivars. Finely dissected purple leaves and bright magenta centers. Leaves are loosely arranged on 18-24” tall 12-18” wide.

White Kamome

An extremely tight head of green outer leaves and white inner leaves. Individual leaves have heavily ruffled edges.

White Peacock

White Peacock

Similar to Purple peacock, but has green leaves with white veins and white specked center leaves.

Add Spring color to your garden with Annuals

Annuals are planted every year and provide color summer till frost.

Many annuals can be wintered over indoors or reseed outdoors providing extra value to their flower power!

Annuals

Abutilon: Flowering Maple

Annuals

Bedding Plants for Sun & Shade

Annuals

Begonia

Annuals

Brugmansia

Annuals

Calibrachoa: Million Bells

Annuals

Coleus

Annuals

Tender Fuchsia

Annuals

Gazania: Treasure Flower

Annuals

Geranium

Annuals

Impatiens

Annuals

Nasturtium

Annuals

Nicotiana: Flowering Tobacco

Annuals

Ornamentals

Annuals

Top Shade Annuals

Annuals

Top Sun Annuals

Annuals

Tender Succulents

Annuals

Sunflower

Annuals

Tagetes: Marigold

Annuals

Annual Vines

Annuals

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily