Vegetables and Herbs as Decor

Move over hydrangea; the artichoke is taking your place. We’re fans of the vegetable-based decor that we’ve been seeing in some of our favorite restaurant spaces. This approach brings life and color to a room and also adds a note of interest.

Above: Throwing a dinner party? Consider putting kale leaves or an artichoke in a vase, as seen in Babel Restaurant in South Africa. This makes for an instant centerpiece and conversation starter.

Above: Beet greens stand in for a traditional floral arrangement, also seen at Babel Restaurant. The restaurant’s airy interiors are located in the South African resort Babylonstoren.

Above: At The Fat Radish, a sustainable restaurant in NYC, the partners grow their own herbs, lettuces and other vegetables, many of which act as table decor during special rooftop dinners.

Above: A cabbage sliced in half makes another compelling centerpiece at Babel.

Above: Strands of drying peppers and herbs create instant decor at EAT in Brooklyn. While adding color and interest, the owner also uses these throughout the year when out of season.

Above: Remodelista editor Alexa created this potager arrangement using a mix of ornamental cabbage and garlic blossoms. She then rounded out the arrangement with kale leaves, watermelon radishes, and heirloom artichokes gathered from her local market.

These images beg us to ask the question: Who needs flowers? We’d like to read about your vegetable decor ideas.

For more inspiration, check out Remodelista’s posts Herbs for the Kitchen Windowsill, Domestic Science: Herb Drying Rack and Tisane at Babel Restaurant,




Dale Overall

Some of my colourful herbs such as lavender make fabulous displays but an artichoke, me I would rather snack on them than look at them. Love dried black eyed susan and other items such as Pussy Willows!

Lenora Southwood
Lenora Southwood5 years ago

Great idea,thanks.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Clean and pretty...

Uddhab Khadka
Uddhab Khadka5 years ago

Thank U.

ANA MARIJA R5 years ago

Interesting & beautiful:)
Thanks for the article.

Sam M.
Sam E M5 years ago

Very original displays there... and you get to eat them afterwards. :)

Carolyn Dakin
Carolyn Dakin5 years ago

These look great!

karen C.
karen C5 years ago


Melissa Diego
Melissa D5 years ago


Robert O.
Robert O5 years ago

Interesting ideas. Thank you.