Image Credit: Stenn Design

Herb and flower garden via Stenn Design.

Long a staple of country gardens, edible gardens are gaining traction in urban areas. Vegetable, herb and fruit gardens are the most useful, and, as most items focused on efficiency and use, it’s often the least designed of the gardens. Tomato plants grow spastically, cucumber vines take over, and neat little rows quickly become boring.┬áBut not in these gorgeous edible gardens.

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Organic Herb Garden via Organic Gardening Farming.

One of the easiest ways to create a beautiful edible garden is to combine vegetables and herbs with flowers. The combination of raised beds, containers, and traditional beds makes this garden oh so pretty. Dill mixed in with stock, lavender with iris, lemon thyme with ficus.

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Potager garden via Blue Wagon Landscape.

Marigolds not only add color to your vegetable garden, they keep away nasty insects like aphids.

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Wedge shaped vegetable garden via Master Gardening.

I’m not sure if the garden was planted around an established path, or vice versa. But this is one of my favorite garden designs, by far. It makes for easy weeding, as almost nothing is out of reach.

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Edible herb garden in New Jersey via Susan Cohan.

Planting a border that repels vegetable eating bugs is a must. Need inspiration? Peppermint gets rid of ants, garlic slays beetles, and basil and rosemary keep away pesky mosquitos. Unfortunately, if deer are a problem you’ll need a fence or dried blood (nasty, isn’t it?!).

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Herb garden via Blue Mountain Journal.

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Edible Container Garden at the New York Botanical Garden.

Vegetables and herbs grow just as well in containers. These terra cotta pots are placed along the entrance to the edible garden in the New York Botanical Garden.

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Raised vegetable bed via Line & Design.

A raised bed is one of the easiest and most common types of vegetable gardens. You can create this very cheaply, and in any small space that receives a lot of sun.

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Creative aluminum can garden via Harmonic Mama.

I’m not sure about how this would look long term, as water rusts out aluminum cans so easily, but you could easily recreate this hanging can herb garden with other types of jars or pots.

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Divided Herb Garden by Art & Appetite and a Modern Twisted Container Garden via Herbie Herb Gardens.

These two containers are, hands down, my favorite types of gardens. So neat and fresh, and perfect for a more modern look. What are you waiting for? Plant something to eat! Nothing makes you feel like Julia Child more than clipping fresh chives and dill for dinner.

Do you grow herbs or vegetables? If so, what’s your favorite?

 

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