With the increased interest in vegetable gardening, many established landscapes weren’t prepared for a typical rowed vegetable garden layout. For this reason, integrated gardening emerged – planting vegetable plants in between established landscape plants and perennial flower beds. This gave new purpose and interest to a healthy garden.
For new designs, it’s fun to plan your perennial beds with colorful blooming perennials surrounding edible vegetable plants that can vary by whatever your tastes delight. Popular choices include tomato plants, cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers, lettuce and cabbage, just to name a few.
Last year I created a pleasant design with a planter bed that surrounds my home’s west lawn area. The planter bed features specialty spruces, and shade and ornamental trees. These trees are planted along with flowering shrubs and perennial plants. This gives color to the landscape from early spring to fall. Adding lettuce, pumpkin plants, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes and herbs really added a new interest to the landscape. I couldn’t wait to see what new vegetables were growing on the plants. During the summer my family and I had fun picking and eating fresh veggies. Late summer came and we harvested peppers, tomatoes, cabbage and squash along with herbs, and froze them for future use. It had been years since my home had a typical rowed garden – so this was a fun spin on planter beds to add interest in the landscape.
To learn more, visit with our expert gardening staff at Harding Nursery, 721 N. Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs.