Do you love this?
But hate this?
Try a POTAGER GARDEN.
What is a potager garden? It’s a French word for a kitchen garden and it looks as good as it tastes. Often perennial or ornamental plants are mixed into the beds or surrounding areas. Although the French layout was traditionally formal, it’s not required.
Above is a formal potager garden designed by Exterior Image, Inc. many years ago that is in the process of being spruced up. This formal garden was fenced and included a sitting bench. The space was planted with traditional boxwoods, low shrubs, cutting flowers, herbs, and vegetables, to create a contrast of foliage texture and colors. Adding fencing to a formal layout, will help keep bunnies and deer away from your salad plate. Pathways can be lined with brick, crushed stone or traditional pavers. Fountains and sculptures can be easily incorporated as focal points or accents to the space.
You can have one of Exterior Image’s designers create a Potager garden for you.
Here raised beds were designed and installed, by Exterior Image, Inc. with stone pathways and stone steps leading to and from this formal garden layout. A Pennsylvania bluestone paving edge lined the entire perimeter of the garden to tie into the existing patio paving.
This client chose raised beds, which extend the growing season, create a neat appearance, and are easier to tend.
Beds can be constructed from stone, brick, metal or wood.
For ease of tending a bed should not exceed 4’ in width if it can be tended to from both sides or only 2’ feet if it can be accessed from one side.
These beds were filled onsite with a special mix of organic locally composted (Veteran Compost) material, peat moss, and vermiculite. The mixture is light and helps to create quick and strong root structure.
Native pollinator plants were placed nearby to help encourage beneficial and pollinating insects (see our other blog).
Aronia arbutifolia, Viburnum nudum, and Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberries).
If you’re limited on space and would like to have Exterior Image help maximize your garden potential in Annapolis or it’s surrounding areas, give us a call today!