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Veggie Garden Design Ideas: Make Your Vegetable Garden Beautiful

Why can’t your edible beds be ornamental?

Fine Gardening – Issue 175

Whether you grow just a few tomatoes or a yard full of vegetables, edibles can be a beautiful part of your landscape. For design inspiration, I visited two great vegetable gardens at Chanticleer and Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. The horticulturists at these inspirational public gardens use many of the same design principles seen in ornamental landscapes. They work with color, texture, form, and focal points to add visual impact to their productive plots. Take a page from their book, and incorporate some of these design ideas into your garden.

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Think about Color, Texture, and Form

The same principles that guide a successful ornamental design can also be used to beautify a veggie patch. Here, the unique bamboo edging adds structure, defines the space, and serves as an artistic focal point. Within the garden bed, boldly ruffled cabbage leaves provide textural contrast for feathery carrot tops, slender onion greens, and…

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