A potager garden is traditionally a decorative french kitchen garden that is filled with fruit trees, vegetables and herbs, but is also ascetically pleasing and filled with beautiful flowering plants too.
Make A Garden Plan
No matter how big or small your potager garden will be, draw up a plan on paper. Include the seasonal vegetables and flowers you will be planting.
Plan your Potager garden in a sunny position and fill your garden beds with good quality soil.
We have bought some apple crates from a local orchard and lined them with a thick plastic lining, including some drainage holes in the plastic for the water to drain out. We then filled a third of the boxes with a small rock and then placed soil in the apple crate.
In the crate above I have planted some mixed lettuce, peas around the climbing frames and some blue pansies around the bottom of the dwarf apple tree.
Things to remember when planting a Potager garden
- Choose the right position
- Close to your kitchen
- Protected from winds
- Raised garden bed
- Garden paths
- Add decorative elements
- Have a focal point
- Consider the design and layout
- Choose your vegetables and flowers
The Italian parsley has grown so well and I have plenty to pick for the kitchen. My Potager Garden is also positioned in a protected area of our property away from strong or hot winds.
Garden Design Elements
Add a design element to your potager garden together with a garden oberlisk or a picket fence.
Place an arbor over a path to your Potager garden or place an outdoor bench seat to sit and enjoy your garden.
Adding something pretty and flowering to your Potager garden is the fun part. Some flowering filler plants to add to your Potager garden are:
There is a dwarf apple tree in the middle of the potager garden above and I have planted some delphiniums around the bottom and then strawberries around the edge.
They’ve all grown so well and I’ve had so many strawberries and delphiniums to pick and fill my vases with flowers.
With a little bit of planning, you can create a beautiful and easy to maintain Potager garden at your home.