Most gardeners who grow vegetables consider their plots to be attractive, though sometimes beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the rest of us can’t quite see it. Then there are vegetable gardens that are unquestionably beautiful.
The vegetable garden at Woolbeding in West Sussex falls in to the latter category. It’s highly ornamental with green and purple lettuces planted in a chequer-board pattern all overseen by a large topiary bird.
There are metal obelisks in each corner with runner beans climbing up them.
The feathery fronds of asparagus plants make a nice division, screening a path.
Every vegetable garden needs a bench so you can sit and relax.
The garden has a lovely sense of order and is as beautiful as any other part of the garden.
My tips for a beautiful vegetable garden are:
- Plan a symmetrical layout, this looks good and generally makes the best use of the space.
- Have a walk round your local allotment and see what plants look good.
- Visit garden shows for ideas like the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show that’s on later this month.
- Grow herbs like rosemary, thyme, chives and sage, they’re nicely ornamental and will be a permanant feature.
- Use plants with coloured leaves and stalks, like beetroot and chard.
Then you too can look forward to a vegetable plot that’s both beautiful and productive.
See an earlier post for ideas for pretty and productive plant supports.
all images: Jill Anderson