A potager, or kitchen garden, has a geometric design of easily maintainable beds with hard paving around them. I’ve had a lot of fun lately working with pattern for a potager for a very nice early Victorian villa. Thank goodness for computer-aided design, making and remaking design options.
Selecting veg varieties with ornamental value is one way to bring interest to your vegetable plot, be it in containers on a balcony, a raised bed or a garden. Add in edible flowers and companion planting to attract insects, and the patch is more alive than ever.
Crimson flowered broad beans are a beautiful heritage variety. Even the conventional black and white flowered are pretty special, in my view.
Pot marigold, here a shaggy variety called ‘Porcupine’, contrasts visually with the green-black blistered leaves of Cavolo nero di Toscana. Use the orange petals to decorate salads and cakes. Viola ‘Heartsease’ can be used in salads or in drinks – a cute plant only about 7 cm tall that self-seeds easily.
The coloured leaves of beetroot ‘Bulls Blood’ make a tasty addition to salads or wilted with pasta, as do leaves of chard. The variety ‘Bright Lights’ has red and yellow stems that can be steamed or used in stir-fry.
Parsnip flowers attract parasitic wasps which deal with aphids so you don’t have to, as well as pollinating hover flies and bees.
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