Create a stunning potager garden with these tips for blending beauty and functionality in sustainable edible landscaping.

Are you dreaming of a garden that provides fresh, organic produce AND a adds touch of beauty to your outdoor space?

Creating a stunning potager garden allows you to blend beauty and functionality in your outdoor space, making sustainable living a reality. Potager gardens, also known as kitchen gardens, combine ornamental flowers with edible plants like vegetables, herbs, and fruits.

This guide will help you design an aesthetically pleasing and productive garden that enhances both your landscape and your lifestyle. Discover the benefits of edible landscaping and learn how to cultivate a thriving potager garden that supports organic and sustainable gardening practices.

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potager garden tour early summer 2023 with fountain and flowers in raised garden beds

What is a Potager Garden?

Imagine a garden that seamlessly blends the practicality of growing vegetables with the enchanting allure of blooming flowers. Sounds like a dream, right?

Originating from France, the potager garden combines the functionality of growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit with aesthetics in a single, cohesive design. So it’s the perfect marriage of nature’s bounty and visual delight, all within the confines of your own backyard.

Outdoor dining space in the potager garden with raised garden beds filled with vegetables, herbs, and flowers

Potager vs Vegetable Garden: What’s the Difference?

The main difference between a potager garden and a vegetable garden lies in their design and purpose. While both types of gardens involve growing edible plants, they differ in terms of aesthetics, layout, and the integration of ornamental elements. So here’s what makes them different.

AspectPotager GardenVegetable Garden
Definition and OriginA French-style garden combining ornamental and edible plants, focusing on aesthetics and productivity.Primarily functional, focused on producing vegetables and herbs, often without decorative elements.
Design and LayoutFeatures symmetrical designs, decorative paths, and a mix of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers.Typically organized in rows or raised beds, prioritizing plant growth and ease of maintenance over aesthetics.
PurposeEnhances landscape beauty while providing food.Maximizes food production.
MaintenanceRequires ongoing attention to both plant health and visual appeal.Focuses on crop care and harvesting.
Cucumber and Squash from the vegetable garden
Cucumber and squash from the garden

Growing a Vegetable Garden

A vegetable garden is primarily focused on cultivating a wide variety of edible plants for consumption. Its primary purpose is to maximize the yield of vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Vegetable gardens typically have a utilitarian design and prioritize functionality over aesthetics.

The garden layout is often organized in rows or raised beds, allowing for efficient planting, maintenance, and harvesting. In a vegetable garden, the emphasis is on optimizing space and crop rotation to maximize productivity.

I’ve been growing a vegetable garden since Chris and I bought our first former family home over 23 years ago. Since moving here, the flavor of the property begs for a chic, elevated design. So I decided to transform the old basketball court into a potager garden with raised beds that I’ll tell you more about at then end of this post.

tomato plants after pruning in potager garden
Basil and tomato plants after pruning

Growing a Potager Garden

A potager garden is a blend of both practicality and beauty. It combines the cultivation of vegetables, herbs, and fruits with ornamental flowers and plants. So this type of garden design is very much in my wheelhouse.

The goal is to create a visually appealing garden that integrates edible and ornamental elements harmoniously. Potager gardens prioritize aesthetics, design, and the intermingling of plants to create a visually pleasing landscape.

They often feature structured layouts with geometric patterns, symmetrical designs, or themed sections. The integration of flowers, herbs, and vegetables creates a more diverse and visually interesting garden.

first flowers in the potager garden with larkspur, dahlias and snapdragons with fountain

Top Benefits of Growing a Potager Garden

Growing a potager garden comes with numerous benefits, combining both practical and aesthetic advantages. Here’s what you need to know.

Fresh and Organic Homegrown Produce

With a potager garden, you have the opportunity to grow your own fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs in an aesthetically pleasing way. You have greater control over the cultivation methods where you can avoid harmful pesticides and harsh chemicals while ensuring the highest quality produce for you and your family.

And seriously, there is nothing better than walking out to your own garden to harvest herbs, vegetables, and fruits that you grew yourself. It is very self-satisfying and the harvest tastes far better than anything you can ever buy from the market.

cucumbers growing in the garden to make salad with dill
Cucumbers growing in the garden

Enhancing Your Kitchen Garden With Beauty and Aesthetics

A potager garden adds a touch of beauty and visual appeal to outdoor spaces. To me, it creates a garden room where one can enjoy the beauty while harvesting produce and flowers at the same time. The combination of flowering plants, juicy vegetables, and carefully planned layouts create a functional and picturesque garden that is pleasing to the eye.

Maximizing Edible Landscaping Space

Potager gardens are designed to maximize the use of space efficiently. By intermixing vegetables, herbs, and flowers, you can make the most of every inch of your garden. Vertical gardening techniques using trellises, obelisks, and arches help utilize vertical space, ideal for small yards or limited garden areas. So you can grow more things because you’ll increase your growing space.

Companion Planting in Your Potager Garden

Potager gardens employ companion planting techniques, which involve planting certain plants together to maximize their growth potential and cut down on the use of pesticides. This practice promotes biodiversity, attracts beneficial insects, deters pests, and improves overall plant health and productivity.

summer bbq table in potager garden with raised garden beds filled with herbs, vegetables and garden flowers with green garden fence, ninebark and lonicera blooms
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Potager Gardens Are Pollinator-Friendly

Including flowering plants in your potager garden attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These pollinators play a crucial role in the reproduction of plants, increasing fruit and vegetable yields and ensuring a healthy ecosystem.

Have you ever seen your summer squash or zucchini flower but not fruit? That happens because the male and female flowers didn’t pollinate. So creating a habitat that invites more pollinators into your garden will help you get a better harvest from your garden.

You can even let some herbs that start to bolt go to seed and flower to attract the pollinators. I just did this with my dill and cilantro that started bolting. It’s great for pollinators but also looks pretty in the garden too.

dill and cilantro that went to seed for a pollinator friendly garden
Cilantro and dill that went so seed

Growing a Potager Garden is an Educational Opportunity

A potager garden provides an excellent opportunity for learning and education, especially for children. It teaches them about the natural world, the importance of growing their own food, and instills a sense of responsibility and connection with nature.

I’ve been gardening for well over 25 years and I still feel like I learn something new from growing things every day. It’s such a fun and rewarding experience to be able to grow your own food.

And to be able to blend them with beautiful flowers too? Priceless.

first flowers in the potager garden with borage zinnias dahlias larkspur strawflowers and snapdragons in raised garden beds with a fountain in front of an 1850 farmhouse

Sustainable Gardening That Reduces Food Miles and Waste

By growing your own produce, you contribute to reducing food miles—the distance food travels from farm to plate. This reduces carbon emissions associated with transportation and helps to promote sustainability.

Additionally, having a potager garden allows you to utilize more food scraps and plant waste for composting, reducing household waste, and creating nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

Growing a Potager Garden is Therapeutic and Stress-Relieving

Gardening, including tending to a potager garden, has therapeutic benefits. It provides an opportunity to connect with nature, relieve stress, and enjoy the calming effects of being outdoors.

Gardening can be a mindful and rewarding activity, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. There is something very peaceful about digging in the dirt and tending your garden.

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Planning a Potager Garden

When planning a potager garden, careful consideration is given to the arrangement and intermingling of different plants, creating a visually pleasing and harmonious design. Flowers, herbs, vegetables, and fruits are all thoughtfully integrated, resulting in a space that not only provides a bountiful harvest but also enchants the senses with its colors, scents, and textures.

A potager garden is not only a source of nourishment but also a place of tranquility and beauty, inviting you to immerse yourself in the joy of gardening and savor the rewards of a well-designed and productive space. Here’s how to get started.

Choose the Right Location for Your Kitchen Garden

Find a sunny spot in your yard that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. This will ensure your plants receive the necessary light to grow and thrive as most vegetables, fruit, and herbs need full sun.

Choose a location with ample sunlight, as most vegetables and many herbs and flowers require at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Consider proximity to your kitchen for convenience, but ensure the spot gets continuous sun from morning to evening. Avoid areas shaded by trees or buildings as they can limit the growth potential of your garden​

Equally important, is siting your potager near a water source. Because trust me when I tell you that you want to make it easy on you to water in the dead heat of summer. It is NO FUN dragging around a heavy 100-foot hose. So really think the location through before siting your sustainable garden.

first flowers in the potager garden with raised beds filled with flowers, vegetables and herbs with a fountain

Enhancing Soil Quality and Soil Testing

Good soil is the foundation of a successful potager garden. Aim for well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Before planting, conduct a soil test to determine its pH and nutrient levels. Many extension services offer soil testing services. Based on the results, amend the soil with compost or other organic matter to improve its fertility and structure​​.

Preparing Your Garden For Edible Landscaping

Begin by clearing the area of any weeds, rocks, and debris. If the soil is compacted, till it lightly to a depth of about 6-8 inches. Avoid over-tilling, as it can damage the soil structure. Incorporate organic matter like compost or aged manure into the soil to enhance its fertility and water-holding capacity. Raised beds can be beneficial in improving drainage and making soil management easier​.

jalapeno peppers closeup in potager garden
Jalapeno peppers 2023

Pre-Planning the Potager Garden Layout

Draw a detailed plan of your garden on graph paper. Mark the locations of raised beds, pathways, and any garden structures like trellises or arches. Make sure there is enough room for you to move a wheelbarrow or garden cart around so you can haul garden supplies around the beds with ease. Include features like compost bins and water sources.

When laying out your kitchen garden, consider crop rotation and companion planting in your layout to maximize space and improve plant health. It’s a good idea to rotate crops each year to maintain soil health and reduce pest and disease buildup. For example, follow heavy feeders like tomatoes with legumes that fix nitrogen in the soil​.

Plan for succession planting to ensure continuous harvests throughout the growing season​. And finally, think about incorporating geometric patterns or symmetrical layouts for a visually appealing design.

Anchor wood sculpture outside green garden fence that surrounds the potager garden in new jersey

Designing a Potager Garden

When beginning your potager garden, it’s wise to start small. Any size plot can be effective, even a container garden. Choose a manageable area to ensure you can maintain it well and gradually expand as you gain more experience and confidence​

The beauty of a potager garden lies in its structured layout. Create raised beds or designated garden beds, delineating each section with paths for easy access.

You’ll want to include vertical structures such as trellises, arches, or cages to support climbing plants like beans, peas, and tomatoes. These structures add height and visual interest to the garden while maximizing space. But they can also serve as focal points and help delineate different garden areas​

Choosing What to Grow in Your Potager Garden

Select a mix of vegetables, herbs, fruits, and ornamental plants. Choose varieties that are well-suited to your climate and soil conditions. Incorporate plants that attract pollinators, such as flowering herbs and edible flowers, to enhance biodiversity and garden aesthetics. Keep in mind the different growth habits and space requirements of each plant to avoid overcrowding and ensure optimal growth​.

But truly, the magic of a potager garden is the combination of edible plants and ornamental flowers. Intertwine the two seamlessly to create a visually stunning and functional space that is kind of like an edible oasis.

tricolor sage in the potager garden
Tricolor Sage

Planting Ideas for Your Potager Garden

So let’s talk about some planting ideas for your potager garden. Here are some fantastic plants to include in the design:

  • Herbs: Basil, rosemary, thyme, and parsley not only add flavor to your dishes but also provide a fragrant and charming touch to your garden beds.
  • Leafy Greens: Lettuces, spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are excellent choices for a continuous supply of fresh, nutrient-rich greens.
  • Root Vegetables: Carrots, radishes, and beets are perfect for adding color and texture to your Potager garden. Harvest them when they’re young for a tender and delicate taste.
  • Climbing Plants: Sweet peas, cucumbers, and pole beans add vertical interest and lushness to your garden. Plus, they’re great space savers!
  • Edible Flowers: Nasturtiums, marigolds, and calendula not only add a pop of color but are also completely edible. Sprinkle their petals on salads or use them as garnishes to impress your guests.
  • Fruit Trees: If space allows, consider planting fruit trees such as apples, pears, or plums. They offer shade, beauty, and a bountiful harvest of delicious fruits right in your Potager garden.
  • Perennials: Include perennial flowers like lavender, chamomile, and roses to add beauty, fragrance, and a touch of elegance that will last for years to come.
  • Companion Flowers: Plant flowers like marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos throughout your garden beds to attract pollinators, deter pests, and create a vibrant and colorful atmosphere.

While the key to growing a beautiful potager garden is to strike a balance between functional with visually appealing plants, mix and match based on your personal preferences and the specific needs of your garden.

Adding Aesthetic Elements to Your Potager Garden

A potager garden is as much about beauty as it is about functionality. Incorporate aesthetic elements like ornamental borders, garden art, and water features to enhance visual appeal. Use color, texture, and form to create a harmonious and inviting space​.

Utilize Vertical Space

Make the most of your garden by utilizing vertical space. Train climbing plants such as sweet peas or cucumbers to grow up trellises or arches. This not only adds height and dimension to your garden but also maximizes the use of limited space.

sweet pea streamers chocolate by floret flower farm
Sweet Pea ‘Streamers Chocolate’ growing up the green garden fence in the potager.

Potager Garden Planting Guides

Seasonal Planting Guides

Understanding the optimal planting times for various crops is crucial for a successful potager garden. Here are general guidelines for different seasons:

Spring

  • Early Spring (March – April): Plant cool-season crops like peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and broccoli. These vegetables thrive in cooler temperatures and can withstand light frosts​.
  • Late Spring (May – June): Transition to warm-season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and beans as the soil warms up and the risk of frost diminishes​

Summer

  • Summer (June – August): Continue planting warm-season crops. This is also a good time to plant fast-growing crops like basil, cilantro, and summer squashes. Keep an eye on watering needs as temperatures rise​.

Fall

  • Early Fall (September – October): Plant cool-season crops again, such as kale, Brussels sprouts, and turnips. These crops can handle the cooler temperatures and will mature in the fall​.
  • Late Fall (November): Depending on your region, consider planting garlic and cover crops to improve soil health over winter​.

Winter

  • Winter (December – February): In mild climates, continue growing hardy greens like spinach and Swiss chard under row covers or in cold frames. Start planning for the next growing season and prepare soil as weather permits​.

Specific Plant Recommendations

Choose plants that complement each other in terms of growth habits and space requirements. Here are some recommended combinations:

  • Tomatoes and Basil: Planting basil near tomatoes can improve tomato flavor and help deter pests.
  • Carrots and Radishes: Radishes grow quickly and can be harvested before carrots need the space, making them good companions for efficient use of garden space.
  • Beans and Corn: Beans can climb the corn stalks, saving space and benefiting from the corn’s height.
  • Cucumbers and Nasturtiums: Nasturtiums attract pollinators and can repel cucumber beetles, protecting your cucumbers​
calendula, larkspur, snapdragons in potager garden by fountain

Companion Planting in a Potager Garden

One of the secrets to a successful potager garden lies in companion planting. Certain plants have natural affinities for one another, helping to deter pests, attract beneficial insects, and improve overall growth with health. For example, plant marigolds near your vegetables to repel pests, or grow aromatic herbs like basil and parsley to enhance the flavor of neighboring plants.

Planting companions really do make a difference when growing vegetables. So don’t overlook this part as it will help reduce the use of pesticides too.

  • Marigolds: Plant marigolds throughout the garden to repel nematodes and other pests.
  • Chives and Carrots: Chives can help deter carrot flies, making them a beneficial companion to carrots.
  • Squash and Beans: Beans fix nitrogen in the soil, which benefits heavy feeders like squash​

Succession Planting in Your Kitchen Garden

Implement succession planting to ensure a continuous harvest throughout the growing season. For instance, after harvesting early spring crops like radishes, replant the area with summer crops like bush beans. This approach maximizes the productivity of your garden space over time​.

yellow and orange marigolds

Maintaining Your Potager Garden

To keep your potager garden flourishing, a little maintenance goes a long way. Here’s what you need to know!

Weeding Your Edible Landscape

Keep the area around your potager garden weed-free to minimize competition for nutrients and water. Regular weeding also helps prevent the spread of pests and diseases. I love to use this hand weeding tool that gets around my pot marigold flowers with ease and removes them from the root with great accuracy.

Watering Tips for a Thriving Potager Garden

Consistent watering is essential for the health of your potager garden. Most vegetables require about 1-1.5 inches of water per week, either from rainfall or supplemental irrigation. Watering early in the morning is ideal, as it reduces evaporation and allows plants to dry off during the day, minimizing the risk of disease.

Use drip irrigation or soaker hoses to deliver water directly to the soil and roots, which conserves water and reduces foliar diseases​ How much you water will depend on the weather in your climate.

oregano with at last roses in the potager garden
Oregano with At Last Roses

Mulching a Potager Garden

Mulch the beds to retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and improve soil structure. Ensure your garden has a reliable water source, especially during dry periods​. Organic mulches, such as straw, compost, or shredded leaves, are beneficial as they decompose and enrich the soil. Mulching also helps prevent soil erosion and reduces water runoff​. Consider planting cover crops like clover or rye in the off-season to enrich the soil and prevent erosion

Fertilizing Your Potager Garden

Amend the soil with compost, leaf mold, and other organic matter. Use organic fertilizers that feed your vegetables and herbs like fish emulsion. Fertilize according to the needs of different plants, typically during the growing season to support healthy growth and fruiting

Use natural fertilizers like compost, aged manure, bone meal, and fish emulsion to provide essential nutrients to plants without harming the environment. These fertilizers release nutrients slowly, promoting steady plant growth and reducing the risk of nutrient runoff into waterways​

Pruning and Supporting Plants in Your Kitchen Garden

Regularly prune and train plants to improve air circulation, reduce disease risk, and promote better fruit production. For instance, prune tomato plants to remove suckers and improve airflow. Use stakes, cages, or trellises to support climbing plants and keep them off the ground, which helps reduce pest and disease problems​

deadheading dahlia flowers using garret wade pruners
Deadheading border dahlias

Pest and Disease Management

Monitor your garden regularly for signs of pests and diseases. Use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques, such as introducing beneficial insects, using row covers, and practicing crop rotation. Remove and destroy any infected plant material to prevent the spread of disease. Companion planting can also help deter pests and promote a healthy garden ecosystem. Stay vigilant for any signs of pests or diseases and take necessary measures to keep them at bay.

Harvesting Crops from Your Potager Garden

As your potager garden matures, the time will come to reap the rewards of your hard work and dedication. Harvest vegetables when they’re at their peak, cut those vibrant flowers to brighten up your home with arrangements, and savor the delicious flavors of your garden-to-table meals. Share your bounty with friends and neighbors or indulge in the joy of giving back to nature by composting any plant waste.

Composting in Your Kitchen Garden

Maintain a compost pile to recycle garden waste into valuable organic matter. Composting not only reduces garden waste but also provides a rich, nutrient-dense amendment for your soil. Turn the compost regularly to aerate it and speed up the decomposition process.

Seasonal Maintenance

Adjust your maintenance routine according to the season. In spring, focus on planting and soil preparation. Summer requires vigilant watering, weeding, and pest control. Fall is the time for harvesting and preparing the garden for winter, including mulching and planting cover crops. Winter involves minimal maintenance but is a good time for planning and preparing for the next growing season

holding fresh tomatoes from the vegetable garden -freezing tomatoes

More Sustainable Gardening Practices to Employ

Implementing sustainable gardening practices in your potager garden ensures long-term health and productivity while minimizing environmental impact. These practices focus on enhancing soil health, conserving water, managing pests naturally, and promoting biodiversity. Here are some essential sustainable gardening practices to incorporate as you grow your kitchen garden.

Organic Soil Management

Building and maintaining healthy soil is the cornerstone of sustainable gardening. Use lots of organic matter such as compost, aged manure, and green manure to enrich the soil. These materials improve soil structure, enhance water retention, and provide essential nutrients to plants. Avoid synthetic fertilizers, which can degrade soil health over time and contribute to pollution​.

Water Conservation

Efficient water use is critical in sustainable gardening. Implementing drip irrigation or soaker hoses delivers water directly to the plant roots, minimizing evaporation and runoff. Mulching helps retain soil moisture, reducing the need for frequent watering. Collecting rainwater in barrels for garden use is another excellent way to conserve water​.

marigolds and tomatoes in the potager garden in raised beds
Marigolds and tomatoes in the raised garden beds

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

IPM combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools to manage pests in an environmentally and economically sustainable way. Encourage beneficial insects such as ladybugs and predatory beetles that naturally control pest populations. Use physical barriers like row covers to protect plants from pests. Practice crop rotation and plant disease-resistant varieties to reduce pest pressure​.

Crop Rotation

Rotating crops helps prevent the buildup of soil-borne diseases and pests, as different plants have different nutrient needs and attract different pests. For example, follow heavy feeders like tomatoes with legumes that fix nitrogen in the soil. Crop rotation also helps maintain soil fertility and structure​.

Cover Crops

Planting cover crops such as clover, rye, or vetch during the off-season protects and improves the soil. Cover crops prevent erosion, suppress weeds, and add organic matter to the soil when turned under. They also improve soil structure and fertility by fixing nitrogen and adding biomass​.

Biodiversity

Plant a diverse range of crops to create a resilient garden ecosystem. Biodiversity helps reduce pest and disease outbreaks by providing habitats for beneficial insects and other wildlife. Include a variety of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruiting plants to attract pollinators and natural pest predators​.

Reducing Chemical Use

Minimize the use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides. Instead, opt for organic or natural alternatives, such as neem oil, insecticidal soap, and diatomaceous earth. These options are less harmful to beneficial insects, wildlife, and the environment​

First flowers in the potager garden with raised garden beds filled with vegetables flowers and herbs with fountain and green garden fence

About My Potager Garden

When we moved to our new home, the best spot for growing vegetables here is on the old basketball court. It is one of the few open spots in the yard that is protected from critters like deer where we can grow vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Designing My Potager Garden

My husband, Chris, designed the shape of our raised garden beds in a geometric pattern so we could include a large fountain in the design as a focal point.

A quick little backstory. He originally designed the largest U-shaped bed with a curved design. Chris had big plans for that one.

But it would have taken a long time to build and pull off which would have prevented me from really planting it this year. So he squared off the design so I could get the garden going. And I love it!

As my potager garden develops over the next few years, I will incorporate more vertical elements in the garden. Next year, however, I’d love to include some arches and obelisks to help maximize growing space and add to the design aesthetic.

Because our space is quite large, I incorporated an outdoor dining space in the design of our new potager garden. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to sit out here and dine among all of my plants! Over the next year or two, we’d like to include an outdoor kitchen to make it more of a farm-to-table experience.

I recently bought the fountain and absolutely love the look! Don’t you? It’s so wonderful to sit here and listen to the soothing sounds of water while I’m cutting flowers, weeding the beds, or enjoying a meal in our outdoor dining space.

1850 farmhouse with potager garden in green garden fence filled with flowers like zinnias, borage, dahlias

Building DIY Raised Beds in My Potager Garden

Chris and his friend built the raised garden beds in March of 2023. We added leaf mold, compost, and raised garden bed soil to get the beds started off right.

Planting My Potager Garden

And then I planted the beds with herbs, vegetables, dahlias, and the seedlings that I started indoors and using the winter sowing method.

I have five raised garden beds in the potager garden. Two of them are growing edibles that include tomatoes, peppers, celery, lettuce, cucumbers, various herbs, onions, and strawberries. But I also planted some onions, eggplant, zucchini, and summer squash in the surrounding garden beds. Plus, for the first time ever, I’m growing potatoes in grow bags.

So that’s going to be fun. I’m also looking forward to planting garlic in the fall. And I’d love to add some blueberry plants to this garden as well.

I used to grow both raspberry and blueberries in my former garden and really miss being able to harvest them. New Jersey has a great climate for growing berries, so if you are in my neck of the woods, they grow with ease here.

zinnias and dahlias in the potager garden with a fountain
Late June in the potager garden with my new fountain

In addition to a variety of vegetables and herbs, I’m also growing lots of flowers that I started from seed and picked up from growers and nurseries that include:

Gorgeous tricolor pink dahlia in the potager garden

Final Thoughts on Growing a Potager Garden

Creating a potager garden offers a unique opportunity to blend beauty with functionality, producing fresh, organic food while enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your landscape. By carefully planning your garden, selecting diverse and complementary plants, and implementing sustainable gardening practices, you can cultivate a thriving and visually stunning garden space.

Embrace the principles of organic soil management, water conservation, and biodiversity to ensure your garden remains healthy and productive year after year. Regular maintenance, including proper watering, mulching, and pest management, will keep your potager garden flourishing throughout the seasons.

Ultimately, a well-designed potager garden not only provides delicious, homegrown produce but also supports a healthier environment and a more sustainable way of living. Enjoy the process of planning, planting, and nurturing your garden, and take pride in the beautiful, functional, and eco-friendly space you create.

Happy gardening!

stacy ling planting pansies in the potager garden raised garden beds
Planting the potager garden beds in late March 2023

For more information, read these university extension articles from Clemson Cooperative Extension and MU Extension.

To drill down on more beginner gardening techniques and tips, please read these posts:

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear! And feel free to share this post with anyone you think would find it helpful too.

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costa apricot snapdragon with larkpsur and dahlias in raised beds in the potager garden
Costa Apricot Snapdragon in the potager

Watch the Potager Garden in Action

Want to see the potager garden in action? Wait until you see how incredible the raised garden beds look that Chris built filled with flowers, herbs, and vegetables. You’ll see what’s planted and how it’s growing in early summer. Come tour the garden with me here in my latest YouTube Video.

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fresh green tomatoes in potager garden
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14 Comments

  1. I just love this garden! It’s come together so beautifully and the fountain is perfect!

  2. What great information you give! I tried to work on a potager garden this year, buuut my flower seeds did not do as well as I had hoped for! Wish me better luck next year! Your garden is beautiful!

    1. Thank you Teri! Every year is different for sure. Last year I had great success with sunflowers – this year, a chipmunk mowed them down. I barely have any! Last year, rabbit ate every single one of my sweet peas, but this year…success! Strange how that happens but it helps the gardens look unique each season. xo

  3. This garden is beautiful, Stacy! I grow sage but have never seen the tri-color. So cool! Thanks for always sharing your pretty gardens with us!

  4. Your potager garden couldn’t be more beautiful Stacy. This was such an informative blog post.