I blame the Victorians. I mean who decided that beautiful gardens had to be solely ornamental, and who says that edible gardens can't be beautiful? Luckily, with folks getting ever more interested in local, organic food - and with budgets being tight - people are rethinking the false distinctions between beauty and utility. Take these asparagus ferns for example, shot at sunset in a field in Germany. These could beat any ornamental fern in a stately home garden.
Photo credit: Andreas LEO Urban via TrekEarth