7 Design Tips for a Beautiful Food Garden
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Think you can't grow a dazzling food garden unless you're a professional? Think again
The following is an excerpt from Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden.
No matter what look you’re going for, a few key design principles can help you create a gorgeous edible garden.
Repetition, contrast, balance and pattern: keep these concepts in mind when planning your informal garden.
Variety in plants
Aim for a variety of leaf shapes in your planting. Contrast crinkly leafed chard with ferny carrots.
Highlight the natural form
Think about plant form – for example, climbing, mounding or cascading. Visualize how these shapes will look together.
Use colourful varieties of edibles: bright, bold rhubarb; scarlet runner beans; and dusky purple cabbages.
Grouping similar plants
Dotting groups of similar plants throughout the garden ties the space together and creates a sense of harmony and balance, and contrasting forms, colours, and leaf shapes add interest.
More is better
Don’t take a one-here, one-there approach to planting. Place plants in odd-numbered groups or swaths for best impact.
Ordering by height
Taller plants should be at the back of your bed, unless you want them to shade shorter plants. That said, some variation is definitely appropriate – take too rigid an approach to height ordering, and your plants will look like they have lined up for a class photo.