The French have their kitchen gardens, called Potagers, and have been combining edibles with flowers forever. Proving that vegetable gardens can also be beautiful. After all, if we are to grow produce on our property, it must be designed properly and be aesthetically pleasing–right? You can create a Beautiful Edible Garden using vegetables, herbs and fruits. Make your cottage, and kitchen garden or portage an edible paradise by adding well-chosen plants, trellises, raised beds and creative garden paths. Create an outdoor room with DIY gates, fences, terraces, or pergolas.
Who says edible landscaping can’t be gorgeous?
Use principles of landscape design to plan your edible Garden of Eden. Achieve balance or flow by grouping annual and perennial plantings so structure, color and texture are repeated.
Raised Bed Gardens
Many gardeners choose to use raised bed gardens for these reasons:
They are easier to keep free of encroaching grass than ground-level beds.
Elevated soil warms earlier in spring and drains more quickly after a rain.
Soil doesn’t become compacted because you don’t step on the growing area.
Raised beds offer easier access for planting, thinning, weeding, and harvest.
For how to’s and tips to help you create raised bed gardens:
Building Raised Bed Gardens from Sunset Magazine
There are so many beautiful edible plants! How do you choose which easy to grow in your climate and soil conditions? The following plants from Nature’s Grocery are all easy to cultivate within their home ranges and, once established, may not require any attention outside of harvest.
For pretty plants that grow food too and to learn how to create a cohesive design Required Reading: The Beautiful Edible Garden.
Consider height. Fruit trees can act as anchors to establish structure in your garden. A mid height plant that is a delight to the eyes and palette is rhubarb. Lush, large leaves contrast beautifully with finer leaves in a mixed planting bed. Fill out your edible garden with ground covers and low growing plants.
Building Garden Trellis
A beautiful edible garden is more than just plants. Add some architecture to your garden to support your plants, save room and add interest. Here are some ideas and plans to help you create arbors and trellises.
Building a Trellis for Vegetable Gardening by Martha Stewart
Garden paths lead our eye through a garden, and add charm and focus as well. Every garden needs a good pathway. If you are not in need of an actual walkway through your garden, consider a path to lead to a focal point, around garden beds to make the yard look larger, or simply to nowhere in particular to add some structure and design elements. Here are five great DIY Garden Paths you can do this weekend!
In order to have an edible garden that is attractive and productive, you will need to expand your design beyond the typical vegetable garden. Use basic principles of landscape design, create DIY structure and add decorative garden accents to create a beautiful edible garden that is the perfect blend of form and function.