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How to Spruce Up Your Veggie Garden

Use these six tips from the pros to enliven your design

Fine Gardening - Issue 161

Edible gardens are, too often, purely utilitarian spaces relegated to the outer reaches of an overall garden design. But they can be so much more with just a few design tweaks. The vegetable garden at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, serves as the perfect inspiration for making a vegetable garden a fun, beautiful place to spend time in, where you’ll want to linger while weeding and perhaps even sit for a spell to watch the tomatoes ripen. Let’s explore some of the ways this garden beckons and charms.

1. Beautiful edibles intermingle with useful ornamentals (photo above)

The gardeners at Tower Hill pore over catalogs in the off-season, searching for vegetable varieties that are both tasty and beautiful. They intersperse these edible varieties with ornamental plants that serve a secondary purpose. Whether these plants have blossoms that attract pollinators, seed heads to adorn a holiday table, or…

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