A pretty potager design

lavender_lass(4b)February 9, 2011

Here is a nice potager design. It's based on Oscar de la Renta's potager (pictures included) and then a sample plan.

Each bed is 6' x 8' with gravel paths dividing them. The center has a focal point of a terra cotta jar, but a birdbath or sundial would be a nice feature, too.

Here's a close up of each bed. For more information, click on the website link, to see the entire article :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to website

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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I don't care for beds so wide you have to walk in them to plant, weed, and harvest. It compacts the soil. And as pretty as a central object is if you can't maneuver around it with a wheelbarrow I think it's sort of foolish.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2011 at 6:17PM
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Your post is a breath of fresh air! I'm here in snow/ice encrusted Massachusetts and although I just ordered some vegetable seeds, my 2011 potager seems years away!

What a gorgeous (and that word is hardly adequate) garden. Something to aspire to!! (Obviously mine will never be like that one, but hope springs eternal!:))I have gotten a lot of ideas from the photos you shared. I have gravel paths in my garden also and am planning to expand, so these photos will be helpful in doing that.

Great to see the diagrams as well as the photos too. It's always helpful to see those.

Thank you so much for sharing -


    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 8:28AM
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Such fun to look at. I love to google potagers and get ideas too. Planting diagrams are always such a bonus.

Natal is right, though, about the bed size and the pot right smack in the middle. A more practical but similar look would be to make the beds 2.5 x 8 with a foot wide path up the center. The center obelisks would have to go but it would still look great.

I love lavender as an edging. I used it when my potager was strictly a square foot garden. But, the lavender wasn't happy (maybe too much water). I moved it to a full sun sloping site and it's been much happier. Now, I try to keep perennials out of the veggie beds so I don't worry about disturbing them during bed prep and clean-up.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 9:21AM
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I agree, the central feature is a little tight...but that would not be as much of a problem, if they cut the inside corners off the bed...closest to the pot.

In my kitchen garden, I have four small beds that I'm planning to add...with a little birdbath in the middle. I want to be able to walk around it, so I'm cutting a little off each bed, closest to the center. We'll see how it works, but it looks good in the plan.

Donna- I just ordered seeds, too! :)

Here are a few examples of a central feature with paths around it.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 11:36AM
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Both pretty designs, but I am pretty sure Oscar did not care about such things as getting his wheelbarrow around things or walking on beds, that was up to the gardeners, as long as all looked pretty and nice!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2011 at 10:04PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

Lavenderlass, I am using elements of both the things you have posted. I really like the second set of stone edged beds you have posted...eventually I will change from my front wooden beds to something more like this, I think.
I'm working on a circular version of the potager with what looks like a pleached tunnel? I want a tunnel system but a little more open, I think (because they way mine will be oriented might block too much sun). Probably not trees but vines, still much the same effect. I've been working on it for two years and have gotten stuck as they may need to use the area I began planting to stage vehicles for the back yard drainage project :(

    Bookmark   February 14, 2011 at 6:19PM
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lily51(OH 5)

Love looking at designs! The one with the stone beds and border all around is quite wonderful.What is it about these gardens that speak to me?

My husband is continually reminding my that these huge, fabulous gardens that I drool over in books and magazines have a team of gardeners to maintain them!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2011 at 6:48AM
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Here's my center circle freshly planted in May (only mini-roses and lavender):

and here it is at the end of July (added basils, sweet alyssum, lemon gem marigold and a sunflower -- I thought it was a dwarf)

    Bookmark   February 21, 2011 at 5:29PM
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Well, I guess you'll have to imagine my center circle until I can figure out why the pictures aren't showing:)

    Bookmark   February 24, 2011 at 11:48AM
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