Asparagus - as a center focus?

mandolls(4)April 7, 2013

I have some asparagus started from seed inside this year. I am considering placing the bed in the center of my garden. Last year I had tomatoes tied into a bamboo teepee/row structures. By the middle of the summer they were so huge - it just felt like to much mass in the middle of the garden. (there were 16 of them)

Do you all think a ferny mass of asparagus could work as a center focus? Or does asparagus become an unruly mess later in the season? I have seen pictures, but I have never actually seen an asparagus bed through the growing season.

I am thinking a round or oval bed. Just a two brick high raised bed. Possibly a simple 3 pole bamboo teepee in the very center with a flowering vine or climbing rose of some sort. Edging the asparagus plants with a short wire fence to keep them from flopping outward. Then bordering the bed with flowers and herbs.

So far I have been able to change things around every year if I didnt like the way they looked - an asparagus bed is more of a long time commitment, so I am nervous.

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Our asparagus grows taller than my 6' hubby and the bushy parts of the ferns spread wider than the 2' width of the bed we have them planted in. Basically, they're a small tree once they've gotten to their full height, at least in our garden. If they grow that big in your climate, then their mass might rival that of the large tomato plants you had and didn't like. They don't get that big for everyone, though. The ferns really are lovely and they do turn a gorgeous golden yellow in the fall. Ours don't flop over because the stalks are quite thick and sturdy (they get woody when they fern out), so a fence would be purely decorative. They're bushy, but not unruly. After they go through the yellow stage and start to turn ugly brown, they fall over as one big wave, though (ours are in a 20' long double row). They can be trimmed away at ground level before that happens.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 1:47PM
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Thanks Macky - I really didnt know they could get that tall, I was thinking 4 ft maximum. I think they will just go on the side of the yard and I'll put something else in the center of the potager.

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 8:49PM
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Mine get quite tall too and really spread out. I grew mine from seed too.
I planted mine to the back along the fenceline. They are so pretty there and serve as a backdrop for the rest of the garden. In the Fall, the seeds turn bright red and the fern-like branches become a gorgeous golden yellow color. Very pretty.

You can get the look you were seeking with the Asparagus by planting Fernleaf Dill or French Bronze Fennel in the center of your Potager.


    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 1:28AM
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