I’ve been a fan of Fine Gardening for well over a decade now, and I’m very excited to finally submit a shot of my garden for your Garden Photo of the Day.
My name is Allison Vallin Kostovick, and I’ve been an organic gardener in Maine for the past 20 years. Over that time, I’ve slowly been on a quest to create my very own secret garden nestled among the woods. I love practicing companion planting. Not only is it effective in terms of pest control, but the interplanting of veggies with herbs and flowers creates instant garden magic. Add in some trellises, and you’re now transported into another world.
Allison’s garden is packed to the brim with plants. They work together practically and visually, and the abundant trellises add another dimension to the whole garden.
Who wouldn’t want to take a moment to sit in the middle of this paradise?
Flowers and vegetables mix together freely in this garden.
Some of the vegetable haul from the garden—what a beautiful feast!
It isn’t just vegetables that come from the garden. I love Allison’s idea of collecting flowers in a basket like this to create a little tapestry of brilliant colors.
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual) is a classic easy-to-grow annual beloved by pollinators and gardeners alike. The cup-shape form on the right is a relatively new variety of this old-fashioned plant called ‘Cupcake’.
Zinnias (Zinnia elegans, annual) belong in every garden! They are so easy and so colorful.
Some plants do double duty. Chives (Allium schoenoprasum, Zones 5–11) are of course wonderful to use in the kitchen, and the pink flowers make a great display in the garden as well.
In the foreground, the white flowers with dark spots are another great ornamental edible: fava beans. The beans are delicious, of course, but the flowers are beautiful and, even better, smell wonderful.
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