Why not Float your flowers from your Modern Day Kitchen Garden?
I love flowers + I love them blooming right out my door! We live in such a busy, fast paced life that, connecting with nature seems to be more difficult as we fill the hours of our days with more “stuff” to do. A long time ago, I slowed down and embraced simplicity. When we first moved to our home in 1999, it was filled with nothing but “grass” and many evergreens. There were some random flowers here and there, for example, a peony bush and two rose bushes. That was about all the flowers I remember blooming on our property.
I was busy in the early years with running kids here and there + did not have too much time to spend in the gardens, but what time I had, I added flowers! I was riding my bike with my friend one day on the river, and we were chatting about different garden styles. I mentioned I had been reading about “potager” gardens. At that time, my veggies + herbs were at the back of my yard. My small amount of flowers were along the walkway, but I felt something was missing or did not feel complete. She had been to France, and we discussed the way the French cook year round and how they eat in season. That day, I was inspired to try to create a potager garden on my city lot.
What is a Potager Garden?
“A potager is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden. The historical design precedent is from the Gardens of the French Renaissance and Baroque Garden à la française eras. 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 function of providing food aesthetically pleasing.
Plants are chosen as much for their functionality as for their color and form. Many are trained to grow upward. A well-designed potager can provide food, as well as cut flowers and herbs for the home with very little maintenance. Potagers can disguise their function of providing for a home in a wide array of forms—from the carefree style of the cottage garden to the formality of a knot garden.”( wikepedia read more here)
I started researching Potager Gardens.I realized the possibility of me having a symmetrical, geometric or formal garden was not going to happen.My growing space was shared with the house, garage, driveway, sidewalks, porches and random non-living items throughout my growing area. I had to think outside the box and then it dawned on my, why not include the two garden styles; I love! I am not a formal person. To me a Cottage Garden adds that whimsical touch to a garden space for it is okay if something wanders here and there or travels and mingles with other things growing nearby! Now that is my type of garden!
I don’t have a cute cottage home or live in the country, so how do you do this????
I found this description in Sunset Magazine of how to create a Cottage Garden
These may be gardens for out West from Sunset Magazine, but I can adapt anything to where I live…I put an article + resource below to inspire you as well!
Guide to cottage gardening
In 2014, I removed a large bush that had become overgrown. I will be reworking this area in 2015 and I am excited to have more space to create….Think of yourself as an artist+ express yourself….isn’t that what art is?If you don’t have a lot of space; grow your vegetables, herbs and flowers together year round.Create the place you want to spend your time every day….find the time this year to relax in your space….you designed with your heart…
grow some edible pansies in your vegetable bed to add to your spring salads…