Flowers in the Potager Garden

ourhappyhome(7B)January 23, 2008

Hello all, I'm new to this forum but not to GardenWeb. What an awesome place! I think I've definitely found my new hang-out. I grow figs, heirloom tomatoes and a few other fruits and veggies. I have a large yard, but very little space for gardening because my DH thinks vegetable gardens are unattractive and belong in the country. That is why I can appreciate the Potager garden. They are so beautiful and look perfectly suited for my situation.

My question is regarding the many beautiful flowers that I've seen in your gardens. Do you actually grow them from seed each year or do you purchase them? I'd like to try growing some from seed but I want to make sure whatever I grow will flower this season. I have lots of flower seed but not many of those listed for the Potager garden (I have echinacea, sunflowers, zinnias, poppies and petunias). Is there a reason why certain varieties of flowers are grown? I'd really like to use what I already have on hand and maybe include some dwarf dahlias. The little area I'd like to plant is adjacent to the street. Its a prepared circular bed (30'diameter). The only way I can pull this off is to make it appear as a flower bed/garden and hide my veggies in the middle. Wish I could post pics.

Thanks for your help!

April

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gjmancini

I start everything from seed, just more economical for me to do it that way, also keeps me busy during the winter months, I grow under lights. You can use what ever you want in the potager, some people only use edible flowers such as nastursiums and daylillies, but most I see have intermingled assortments or flowers. I would just be care ful of sweet pea flower vine and edible peas, they look the same and the sweet peas are toxic. In past gardens I would fill holes in the veggie garden with herbs and annual flowers, but I ususaly pack my veggies in so I usually dont have too much room for annuals. I am starting a new potager this spring and it will be well though out for spacing etc. Now Im just working on my lasagna beds getting ready for spring. good luck with your potager.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2008 at 6:46PM
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ourhappyhome(7B)

Thanks for the info. gjmancini. I am starting with a very small space as well. I actually like the look of veggies planted together in tight spaces. I want to add flowers to the corners so passersby see the flowers and not the veggies. I live on a corner lot in a subdivision with lots of nosy, opinionated neighbors. Whatever I do has to be decorative as well as functional.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2008 at 10:19AM
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fernsk(z2 Canada)

Hi April

If you look at the pictures in the "My petit potager" you will see a wonderful hidden vegetable garden. It looks so pretty yet is functional - I look at it often for inspiration.

Fern

    Bookmark   January 25, 2008 at 11:36AM
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gjmancini

I also live on a corner lot, so I want my gardens to be pleasing to the eye. I agree with Fern, look at others potagers for inspiration, there all beautiful.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2008 at 7:34AM
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ourhappyhome(7B)

"My petit potager" is my inspiration. Just lovely. I also like the dahlias in the circular potager on this forum.

gjmancini, I purchased a few more flower seeds last weekend and will start them over the next few weeks. I also bought some great looking perennials on clearance at Lowes for $1. They're the 1 gallon size. They're not in bloom of course, but who cares!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2008 at 7:43PM
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vickster257(Z7aNJ)

My small potager must include a few flowers planted among the herbs and vegetables. Actually it is chock full with the following plants: Pineapple sage, football mums, salvias(blue) snapdragons(mixed colors), green peppers, 3 clumps of asparagus in the back row) leeks, oriental lilies, Italian parsley, swiss chard; heirloom tomatoes, and hot peppers; zucchini (3 plants only), a teepee planted with purple pole beans, and cucumbers intertwined with the beans, gazanias, nasturtiums and a few herb plants.

This potager looks attractive with these plants and I would never try to hide my vegetables. If, in fact, you place them in the front yard or in a corner display, remember that okra, eggplant, and swiss chard has pretty leaves and the flowers on the okra and eggplant are also attractive. I also like to use those plants on the side of my yard intermixed with the tall cannas during the summer months.

It is an edible landscape area as well.

Vicki

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 8:43PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

I plant alyssum because it blooms early and attracts tiny beneficial wasps wasps which will then feed on the bad bugs in your potager. And it smells nice too :)

    Bookmark   February 19, 2008 at 6:40PM
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lyonsy(10 CA)

Hello,

A beautiful bright flower for the Potager is a medium sized cosmos called White Sonata. it blooms endlessly and comes in those cheap 6 to a pack starter packs at the Nursery.

John

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 4:31PM
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ourhappyhome(7B)

Lovely John. Have you tried growing these from seed? Just wondering whether they flower the first year.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2008 at 6:53PM
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lyonsy(10 CA)

Cosmos is very easy to grow from seed and yes they would flower the first year. At $2.49 for a six pack its well worth getting them at the Nursery.

John

    Bookmark   February 25, 2008 at 12:40AM
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fernsk(z2 Canada)

Thanks John - the white cosmos look so bright - I think that I'll have to add a 6 pack to my space this summer - just 2 1/2 months to go

Fern

    Bookmark   March 1, 2008 at 10:05PM
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lyonsy(10 CA)

oops Fern..Just bought two six packs today..

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 1:41AM
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ourhappyhome(7B)

Where? Lowes/Home Depot? I can't seem to find them here in Georgia. ho hum

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 6:59PM
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