First, let’s get one thing out of the way: there is ornamental kale, and there is culinary kale.
Ornamental kale is very pretty, don’t you think? I have planted three, two white with closely packed leaves, one frilly and the other with serrated leaves, and one with a purplish pink centre. The outer leaves are always green, no matter the shade (which can vary from white, palest pink to a rich magenta or a royal purple).
These plants love cooler weather so I have put them in a pot outside the front door but you could also consider using them as a border plant. It doesn’t get very cold in Brisbane but, if we do have a cold snap, it will intensify the colouring of my pinky purple bloom.
If you don’t have a garden, why not create an ornamental kale window box? And, if you like sketching or painting with water colours, these pretty coloured kales are the perfect models.
Ornamental kale is decorative but it is not recommended that you eat this variety. I am going to eat plenty of the other (edible) stuff as part of my weight loss regime, but I have planted my pretty kales as a homage to a William Morris quote I’ve used before: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.