Potager Gardens… beautifully designed veggie gardens

Many people love beautiful gardens and when designing their garden choose not to have a vegetable garden because they think it ruins the look of their garden and that all veggie gardens are ugly. In Australia we don’t refer to potager gardens which is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden although many people have started designing and creating more attractive areas where they grow their veggies. Often flowers (edible and non-edible) and herbs are planted with the vegetables to enhance the garden’s beauty. The goal is to make the garden practical as well as beautiful.

A pottage can be grand and opulent….

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Chateau Villandry, France

or small and modest

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Waikato, New Zealand

Plants are chosen as much for their functionality as for their color and form. Many are trained to grow upward. Pottage’s also come in a variety of shapes and styles from the informal cottage gardens to knot gardens and more formal intricate designs. Companion planting also works well with potager gardens so you can grow marigolds among tomatoes as they emit a strong odour that will repel greenfly and blackfly or try planting nasturtium with cabbages – they’re a magnet for caterpillars that will then leave the cabbages alone. You can also apply principals of permaculture to your pottage or any other gardening philosophies. Growing your own vegetables is fantastic and if you can find a way to incorporate it into your existing or new garden design, with a beautiful area to grow fresh, organic produce, you will find great pleasure in eating it year after year.

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