Plan your design, planting scheme and finishing touches to reap the benefits of a kitchen garden.​

What’s the difference between a kitchen garden and a vegetable patch? Well, the biggest difference is that the kitchen garden, or potager, is both productive and beautiful. A tall order you might think but with a bit of planning it’s perfectly possible to achieve.

Design and layout

  • Think about the shape of the beds. Try for a symmetrical arrangement of four, or six small rectangles, or use triangular beds to make a star shape around a central point.
  • Use pictures of parterres for inspiration.
  • Paths between the beds need to be clear and clean.
  • Arrange plants in blocks or very neat rows for an attractive appearance.
  • Containers are great, not only are they ornamental and provide year round structure but they’re also perfect for growing in.

Decorative plants

  • Grow neat box bushes around each bed to give a crisp edge, or use painted timber boards.
  • Mix flowering plants in with your edibles for extra colour.

Edible plants

  • Grow what you like to eat, and include salads and vegetables like chard, runner beans and different types of lettuce that look attractive, too.
  • Evergreen herbs like rosemary will give year round structure and are good for the end or middle of beds.
  • All herbs are pretty so put in as much as you can of parsley, chives, dill, sage, basil, tarragon, mint, rosemary and thyme.

Finishing touches

  • These really do make the difference between a work-a-day veg patch and a pretty kitchen garden.
  • Use raffia to tie in the plants or tie bamboo canes together, rather than plastic.
  • Galvanised or zinc containers create a shabby chic look. A row of galvanised watering cans is both useful and ornamental.
  • Try hanging colourful bunting across the area or decorating it with lovely lanterns and bird feeders.
[Source:- Housebeautiful]