Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Planting Design: Mixed Edibles

[The Herb Garden - beds of basil and onion, pear trees espaliered on the garden fence]

The Herb Garden at the beautiful Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison showcases beds of edibles herbs, teas and vegetables, mixed with ornamental plantings. The formal layout of the garden, with brick walks and trellises, contrasts nicely with the exuberant mix of colors and textures, and the sprawling habit of many of the edibles. Great inspiration for planting design, especially for small spaces. 

['Summer Beauty' ornamental onion, garlic chives, and fennel interspersed with orange zinnia]

['Purple Flash' pepper (Capiscum annum) and parsley, mixed with an ornamental grass]

[Horseradish (Amoracia rusticana) and Chinese Five Color Pepper]