Patterned Garden Inspiration


Recently while researching an article on patterned kitchen gardens I came across a book in a secondhand bookshop called ‘The Art of the Kitchen Garden, by Jan and Michael Gertley.’ A quick leaf through the pages told me that I had to buy it. The designs in it use vegetables and small annual flowers to create designs that are quite amazing.


The book was written in 1999, and I think it’s out of print now. Although you can still buy second hand copies on Amazon. The patterns in the book are taken from quit designs and are, I think, a little out of date. Some of them are a bit twee and I could imagine them in my grandma’s garden.


But… from a growing perspective what the authors have done with vegetables is very impressive.


The designs tend to use Cabbage and Kale and different coloured and textured Lettuce. And the patterns themselves are kept ‘crisp’ by defining pathways in bright orange pebbles and using annual flowers like white Alyssum, purple Lobelia and Pansies to edge the beds. All of these can be easily raised from seed in great numbers.

I’ve always been interested in using patterns in the kitchen garden. I devoured Joy Larkom’s book on using vegetables to create aesthetic gardens. And with inspiration from this book I’m already working on some new designs of my own. Straight rows are lovely for hoeing between but I think I want more from my kitchen garden.

1 Comments on “Patterned Garden Inspiration

  1. Or, go down the COLOURED veg/fruit/flower route – a different bed per colour
    PURPLE/Blue? – purple pod mangetout/
    purple pod French beans
    purple frills salad leaves
    YELLOW French beans/runner?/Courgettes/Pumpkin
    Yellow flower Calendula
    Yellow raspberry
    WHITE/GREEN Chard/springonions/onions/everlastingonions
    leeks/courgettes/lettuce/salad family
    Borage /Lots of HERBS
    White currants/Gooseberries
    RED/ORANGE Beetroot/Carrots/Chard/Pumpkin/Squash
    Radicchio/Radish/red flower French beans
    red spring onions/red onions
    Just some ideas to get you started! Lovely project with children – can get height/colour/bees/butterflies/PRODUCE in garden – such a learning environment.