The Attractive Potager Garden Style
A potager garden combine the utilitarian nature of the English kitchen garden with the style and grace of French fashion. It is basically an ornamental vegetable garden. Plants are chosen for both their edible and ornamental natures and are put together in such a way that it looks pretty while still providing food for the household. When setting up a potager garden, there are a few considerations. The first is the size of matured plants, and the ease of harvesting specific vegetables. For example, cucumbers grow quite well on trellises, but they might be hard to harvest if a trellis is mounted in the middle of a big bed of carrots. A potager garden should include lots of spaces to walk and work, and gardeners should be aware of which plants will mature and when as they plan. A potager garden also provides a prime opportunity to showcase unusual plants. For example, chard comes in a range of colors and leaf-types, and you could combine several types for a more interesting visual effect, rather than just using one.
Gardeners can also do things like lay out patterns with lettuces and other greens, or hiding ornamental edible flowers in beds of vegetables so that as the vegetables die back, the flowers will still bloom, keeping the area attractive. This style of garden can be laid out anywhere, from the back porch to a large plot. It pays to think about what you want to grow ahead of time, and to take the time to sit down and map the garden out before purchasing seeds or starts. You should also be aware of which plants thrive in your climate, and you may want to consider mingling annuals and perennials so that the garden doesn’t look ragged after harvest time.