Homeowners who love gardening are often pulled in one of two directions – to either grow a flower garden or tend a vegetable patch. If you’re after the best optics but want purpose for your property, the best path is the middle one. Do a little bit of both.
Planting edible flowers beside leafy vegetable beds is one simple way to introduce color into your garden. Curious about other ways to prettify your vegetable garden – and your home? Then read our tips below.
Keep it Close, Keep it Small
Every gardener worth their salt knows that plants require just as much TLC as humans and pets. Consistent maintenance is important, and the best way to ensure this is to plant a modest-sized garden just outside your doorstep.
Keeping your garden right beside your home gives you more motivation for the upkeep (and less distance-related excuses). And by starting with one 4-by-4-foot bed and gradually moving up to two or three beds, you won’t feel swamped with yard work.
Build trellises for vining plants. Experiment with raised beds, potted plants, and containers. Cordon off vegetable beds with a low fence. Your vegetable garden will never look boring if you incorporate different design elements into the mix. See what works and what doesn’t. You always have another growing season to get things perfect.
Choose Striking Plants
A vegetable garden doesn’t have to look like a uniform blanket of green. Love lettuce? Plant several varieties like tom thumb, red lollo rossa, green oak leaf, and nevada. They not only come in different colors, but they also have their own unique flavor profiles.
Tomatoes, peppers, and herbs like thyme, parsley, and rosemary are also great choices for adding even more color and texture variations to your garden. However, don’t get too carried away. You’re planting a vegetable garden that you will eventually eat. So keep the ratio of standard to experimental plants at
Add Some Furniture
Once your vegetable garden starts coming into itself, add outdoor furniture at nearby or adjacent areas. They make your garden appear inviting and also encourage family members and guests to stay awhile and bask in their natural surroundings. Spending time in the garden can even turn into a regular treat. After all, who doesn’t enjoy meals outside when the weather is great?
Send Birds an Invite
They might occasionally eat more than their fair share of your garden, but birds are great additions. They snack on the pests and insects that destroy your plants, which in turn gives you more veg to harvest.
To attract birds and encourage them to return, provide water and shelter in the form of birdbaths and birdhouses (a low tree or some shrubbery also works as shelter).
Get Your Inspiration from Different Places
The best vegetable gardens come from gardening minds that don’t shy away from creativity. Depending on your taste, you can search for inspiration from gardening styles as unique as zen and modern gardens or as traditional as Mediterranean and English gardens. You might even find your lightbulb moment from areas outside of gardening, such as art and architecture.
If you’re looking for homes with space for a garden to grow blooms and veg, get in touch with the Dana Benjamin Team. Learn about the best real estate opportunities for you in Kansas City, MO by calling 913.522.4277 or sending an email to DBenjamin(at)ReeseNichols(dotted)com.