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Garden Photo of the Day

Companion Planting for Garden Magic

Veggies and flowers work together in a productive, beautiful garden

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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    treasuresmom 02/05/2019

    Nothing like zinnias & cosmos in the garden.

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      FINCHandFOLLY 02/05/2019

      Aren't they the best garden flowers? So reliable, so prolific, so beautiful. Each year, I keep doubling my plantings. At this rate, I'm not sure where I'll put them all :)

  2. nwphillygardener 02/05/2019

    Wonderful images, Allison. That overhead shot of the basket of flowers really drew me in. And like an old friend, that basket reappearing on the harvest table was another memorable image of the richness of growing one's own veggies. One can only imagine a garden filled with bees and butterflies in the oasis you have created. THANKS, for sharing it with us!

    1. nwphillygardener 02/05/2019

      I can see a race to the seed catalogs to find 'Cupcake' Cosmos. It's a flower and a party favor simultaneously!

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      FINCHandFOLLY 02/05/2019

      Hi there! I love a good harvest basket...nothing beats walking out to the garden with an empty one and coming back with an over-flowing bounty.
      That Cupcake Cosmo was a beauty, though it didn't end up flowering until almost fall. But when it finally did bloom...wow!

  3. Garden1953 02/05/2019

    Beautiful and lush gardens. I lover the mix of flowers and veggies in your gardens.

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      FINCHandFOLLY 02/05/2019

      Good morning! Thank you so much. It's all credit to companion planting. It's not only effective, but it adds instant whimsy with the combinations of veggies, herbs and flowers.

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    FINCHandFOLLY 02/05/2019

    Hi there! This is Allison from today's post. Thank you so much to Fine Gardening for sharing my garden. And, kindest thanks to this wonderful community for viewing it. I'm a newbie around here, but you can also find me hanging with the garden folks on Instagram as @FinchAndFolly
    Cheers from Maine!

  5. cheryl_c 02/05/2019

    Kudos Allison for a beautiful garden with such luscious produce coming from Maine! What is your growing season? Getting vegetables from seed to flower to fruit must be a race every year! Welcome to GPOD - we're delighted to have you!

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      FINCHandFOLLY 02/05/2019

      Hi Cheryl! Kindest thanks for the welcome! I actually sowed the first seed of the season yesterday...onions, leeks and some perennials. Our zone is 5B, but my woods can make my season even a little shorter as the sun often doesn't fully crest our treeline in Spring and Fall. So I start lots of my plants via seeds in February and March and basically take over my basement with seedlings and grow lights until I can set the plants out in May. Have a lovely week!

  6. paiya 02/05/2019

    Allison, your garden does “runneth over” with the wonderful abundance of flowers and food. The trellises are intriguing- do you soak the wood before “weaving” the branches or are branches very young and pliable?

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    SimpleSue 02/05/2019

    Yes! I would love to take more than a moment to sit in that bit of paradise! Love the way you make growing vegetables look as beautiful as growing flowers- the way you let them mingle together so naturally!

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    meander_michaele 02/05/2019

    Hi, Allison, I can't decide if I like the "harvest" of your flowers or your vegetables the most. Both are joyfully colorful and give off such positive energy. I'm visiting a very ill family member at the moment and your pictures really lifted his spirits and he said, "I hope heaven is that beautiful." So... a very sincere thank you for your gift of beautiful photos today.

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    VanhaTaloSuomi 02/06/2019

    Thanks for sharing your garden space & photos.
    I wouldn't mind at all having a harvest like yours of tasty vegetables, maybe one day!

  10. PatinMapleValley 02/08/2019

    And I love your slippers/shoes !! So Appropriate! Welcome and thanks for sharing.

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