Front Yard: Mix Vegetables and Flowers Beautifully in the Gardens
Complementary Flowers and Veggies
Flowers and vegetables mixed together – it works for me.
But, what should I call my garden plot? Fleggies?
Vegewers? Flowertables? : D
How this garden design came to be
I am a creative, unorthodox person. I do not especially like the idea of a fenced rectangle full of parallel rows as the abode for my nascent vegetables. Furthermore, I live at a wonderful house, but it would challenge anyone married to the notion of vegetable- garden-must-be-in-back. (Fortunately, I am not so wed.) The lot is steeply sloped going down to the street. It is a narrow strip of land with the house placed 2/3 up the property. The backyard is very shaded and there is only about 7 feet of yard on each side of the house.
Guess what? The front yard is the cha-ching! SUNNY AREA.
Helpful Ideas for Gardeners
I have messed around with the concept of mixing vegetables in with flowers in the past, but it was on a very small scale. Now I have a huge palette (the entire yard) and almost complete artistic freedom. Even better, my housemate likes it when I take away lawn which needs mowing. You don’t need to tell me these things twice: I am ON it!
Thus, in a plot which receives partial shade in the morning, I have created a green and white "rug" which is soothing all the time. Using a key in which red arrows point to produce and yellow arrows point to flowers, in the photo below one can see:
Red: broccoli, cherry tomato
Yellow: hosta, sedum, lamb's ear, daisies
Another View of the Driveway Plot
Existing Side Yard Garden
We had a bed established along an added sun porch. Sadly neglected, it featured daylilies at the foundation, lamium, and beaucoup de weeds. I have worked at it for several seasons. it receives heavy sun from noon until sunset. This year we have a healthy mix of flowers and food. Admittedly, the quantities of plants are not huge - not enough to start selling at a farmer's market, but enough to furnish us with fresh, un-sprayed veggies.
Red: potatoes, onions, spinach, sugar snap peas
Yellow: lamium, daylilies, peony, daffodil, rhododendron
Front Street Garden
We have a rock-ish sort of garden along the street side of our property - bordering all the front edge except for the driveway. The sun beats at it constantly. I expand this garden up the hill every year to take away more grass and create more playground for me. Please understand that it is a project in progress. The photos below show plots next to hybrid lilies, butterfly bush, holly, chrysanthemum, daffodils, and lilies. There is already a plot of potatoes in the background of the first photo.
Ready for Veggies
Sneak 'em in every chance you get
Below are two places where I have "snuck" veggies in between existing plants.
Red: three onions between hybrid lilies and an azalea bush.
Red: potatoes between yew and rhododendron.
Chimney potatoes and sneaky onions
No More Rules
I declare no more rules for the home gardener. Plant what you want! Eat healthily! Play outside!
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Text and photos copyright 2011 Maren E. Morgan