Artichoke is a very decorative plant with an exotic appearance. You can harvest your sown artichokes from the 2nd year after sowing. The artichoke is a perennial plant but it needs some protection against frost and flooding in our climate. Put this plant on a very sunny and sheltered spot. You eat the leaves and the bottom of the flower heads of the artichokes. It's also very delicious on pizzas and other Italian dishes. You can also eat artichokes with a vinaigrette or some other sauce.