I once visited a home on the other side of town that had artichokes worked into their front yard landscape. I thought it was an interesting concept, so this spring when I was putting together plants to re-do my front flowerbed I came across artichoke starts.
I was excited to add these to my “herb” garden. Yeah, I know they aren’t exactly an herb, but if I had remembered correctly, artichokes produce a beautiful purple blossom. Which I think would go great next to my different varieties of lavender. So I picked up two plants.
Artichokes are perennials and so they will be returning again next year. It turns out if you let the artichoke grow to it’s fullest potential and let it blossom it no longer is good for eating. I imagine it might taste a bit woody (but who knows, I didn’t try??) Maybe next year we will try eating one, but I am okay with letting them grow and blossom because they are beautiful, unique and one of a kind. It has been a great conversation starter for those visiting. At first the plant looks a bit like a thistle. May people asked, “Now, what is that?” wondering why I would plant a weed into my landscape. I also got a lot of replies about how people didn’t know that we could grow artichokes here in Idaho.
Well here they are…. Aren’t they so pretty and unique.