Integrating Edibles into Your Garden
Imagining Garden

The row garden that grow primarily edibles may be productive and functional. The alternative of mixing edibles with each other and combining them with ornamental plants in beds and borders may be more attractive your garden style. By mixing edibles with each other and combining them with ornamental plants will make you garden rich color, texture, and form-are showcased. It is also valuable in both productive and pleasing to the eye.


The cottage gardens are an example of this design style. Typically, cottage gardens contain many different vegetables, fruits, herbs, shrubs and flowers for cutting and eating. The layout of this style garden is often formal with symmetrical beds and borders, but plantings tend to be loose and informal. Paths built up by herbs and flowers spilling over the edges of the rows in the garden, so it makes a relaxed look. The garden also owes its spontaneity to an abundance of self-sowing herbs and flowers such as cosmos, fennel, violets, and anise hyssop that pop up here and there.

Geometric Design

Geometric designs are usually geometric-circles, ovals, squares, triangles, and rectangles. The layout of this bed type is symmetrical, which the manicured paths that separate the beds, giving gardener easy access to the crops. Although the plants usually look loose and informal, the formal structure of the garden orders the space and helps keep the plantings under control.


Herbs or citrus has grown to mark the corners of a traditional symmetrical garden, adding fruit trees such as dwarf apples or pears for emphasizing the garden's lines. Within individual beds, trees, topiaries, urns, bean tepees, striking plants may be focal points and add vertical interest. Grow mint in an urn on a pedestal to keep it from reaching the soil and taking over your beds. Grow strawberries and nasturtiums to protect soil underneath tall tree that hold moisture and make your garden more foods with beautiful color.


The geometric design gardens depend upon vegetables for the bulk of the plantings. It is not uncommon to have a bed for devoting to lettuces. To build a bed in a colorful pattern of stripes, squares, or triangles choosing red and green varieties vegetables. For example, combine vegetables with annual or tender perennial flowers such as pansies and scented geraniums.


Grow low plants surround edge of each bed, and use different plants to edge each bed that will make the garden more beautiful. You can grow all same low plant for the edge of all beds that also make your garden look beautiful and symmetrical. Popular choices for edging include pot marigold, lettuce, dwarf boxwood, cabbage, and chives, or tightly pruned hedges of rosemary, lavender, and germander.


One of the nicest aspects of a geometric design is its enduring structure. Even in winter when the growing season has passed, the harmonious outline of the beds remains. By paying careful attention to the garden's location before you plant, you can appreciate its form all year.


Beds and Borders

A bed is a landscape planting that stands alone, enclosed by lawn, brick, or any other short even surface. Beds can have any outline, but the most popular are kidney-shape or geometric, including oval, round, square, or rectangular. You often find small beds around trees, protecting trunks from mower damage, and around lampposts and mailboxes. Large informal beds can encompass a grove of small fruit trees or help direct movement in a landscape.


Borders, on the other hand, comprise plantings set against neutral scenery, such as boxwood or yew hedges, brick walls, or wooden fences. Lawn or a path usually determines the border's front edge. Borders about S feet wide can accommodate vegetables, fruiting shrubs, and dwarf fruit trees as well as flowering plants. They can be as short as a few feet or run the entire length of a property.


Incorporating vegetables, fruits, and herbs into beds and borders saves time, effort, and money. You can use existing garden space to grow your edibles. Just make certain that you plant the food crops with ornamentals that have similar growing requirements.


If you want to start a bed or border from scratch to fulfill a particular purpose in your landscape, you can include vegetables, fruits, and herbs as part of the initial design. When fitting vegetables, fruits, and herbs into your landscape, make sure you select them for their taste and beauty as well as their landscape purpose.


When designing a bed or border, arrange the plants to maximize their exposure to sunlight. In a bed, place the tallest plants in the center and the shortest ones around the edge. In borders, tall plants go in the back, midsize plants in the center, and short plants at the front.


Elements of Style

In order to talk about garden styles in meaningful ways, gardeners have come up with various categories or types of gardens that share various features. Two of the broadest categories are formal and informal. These design approaches a frame of reference that is broad enough to include all the different kinds of gardens that have worked well in the past. In practice, many gardens are a combination of both styles.


Formal style: Usually a formal garden has a symmetrical balance, with plantings on one side of a main axis mirroring on the other side. Pruning transforms shrubs into or hedges that outline geometrically shaped beds and walkways. Knot gardens are a familiar formal garden style based on historic English patterns. Ancient knots were often planted with herbs, making them both useful and attractive.


Informal style: Informal gardens rely on a more naturalistic arrangement of plants and curving paths and borders that flow with the terrain. Straight lines and sharp corners are minimized.


As you envision and plan your garden keep in mind the key elements of any kind of garden: paths, focal points, and efficient use of space for the purposes that will bring you the most pleasure. Paths in particular are essential because you'll appreciate easy and sure-footed access. The easier it is to move ! around in your garden, the more likely it will be healthy and l productive and utilized.


Focal points are important because of how our eyes and brains are wired. They are places where the eye can stop and around which our minds can organize the scene. Focal points make the space feel right. The effect is subliminal, but real.

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