This gorgeous edible garden makes
you think twice about traditional row sowing. Why not create a stylish veggie
garden that serves not only as a functional food source but also as a relaxing
chill space where you can share and enjoy your edibles with friends. The best part is that you too can easily get
the look, here’s how.
landscaping elements, such as the gazebo, provides that homely outdoor room
feel. With a comfy bench, this can become a favourite spot to sit and relax.
The gazebo also offers the ideal structure to grow a climbing rose. The wooden
tee-pees also add to the vertical element and will be very useful for many
climbing plants. You could use any other pillar or frame you like to achieve
some height in the space. . In this garden, the tall Tuscan rosemary has been
used to fill the tee-pees and is a refreshing new twist to sculptured
gardening. Beans, peas, tomatoes and many more edibles would also work
levels in the design offer a clever way of making any space look larger and
blue colour on the back wall is very dramatic and contrasts with the lime
coloured gazebo and tee-pees. It also shows up the plants in the garden,
especially the architecturally shaped grey-leaved artichokes in the bed against
the wall. The blue flowering plants connect with the wall while the patches of
yellow and gold pop brightly. The pink chandelier and cushion are striking and
draw the eye to the seating area.
Tip: Repetition is a strong design principle that is often
overlooked. Notice how the tin and terracotta pots are repeated amongst the
wooden planters. This repetition throughout the design helps to enhance the
Get the look with some of the
edible plants in this landscape that you may or may not have tried:
Did you know
that roses are closely related to apples, apricots, pears and peaches? They are
almost completely edible and some parts even downright yummy. Don’t let those
thorny stems fool you, they too are edible. When using the fresh rose petals
you mostly only need to remove some of the older petals and not completely
strip the flower. Petals can be used as:
Colourful dessert garnish or added to a salad.
Candied and then used as a tasty garnish.
Chopped into a summer sorbet or frozen in ice cubes.
Used in syrups, jellies, perfumed butters and sweet spreads.
rosemary, otherwise known as Tuscan Blue rosemary. Rosmarinus
officinalis ‘Tuscan Blue’ is an upright rosemary that grows to between 1.2m
and 1.5m high. They can be planted in obelisks or tee-pees of about the same
height or shorter as a fun way of growing them. The reason they have adopted
the name ‘braai rosemary’ is because they have tall, strong upright stems that
are amazing to cut and strip as braai kebab skewers. This is a fun project to
try with the kids. Whether you use meat and veggies or melon and strawberries,
the flavour of rosemary infuses subtly into the food from the skewers. Visit
the following page to learn more about this family fun idea:
rosemary leaves or stem tips with young leaves, can be used in many dishes –
here are just a few:
With potatoes and roast veggies
Chicken, game, lamb and veal
Salad dressings, sauces, herb butters and oils
Tip: There are also pink and white flowering upright growing rosemary
plants, a creeping rosemary, and the old favourite ‘McConnel’s Blue’.
fennel is not new to Italian cuisine it is trending as the go-to vegetable and
herb to be used in many dishes, from appetisers to desserts. The leaves,
flowers, seeds and its bulbous base are all edible. Eaten raw or cooked, it is
savoured for the subtle aniseed and liquorice notes. In the landscape, fennel
or Florence fennel Foeniculum vulgare, is a gorgeous plant with fine,
ferny foliage and tiny bright yellow flowers. The ferny foliage is a wonderful
contrast to large-leafed plants. It is easy to grow and is often planted among
roses to keep the aphids off the roses since they are a host plant to aphids.
Tip: Bronze fennel has an exquisite purply colour, which is a
fabulous colour to use in the garden and in your food.
Edible faves: An edible garden
wouldn’t be complete without basil in the summer and violas in the winter.
There are so many delicious new basil varieties that can be sown or purchased
in October. Make sure you keep some open spaces and pots ready for this
versatile herb. The striking little flowers of Viola hederacea are
beautiful as an edible garnish. Lastly, the amazing Meyer lemon is a dwarf
variety that is ideal for small gardens or large pots.
Take inspiration from “Get the
Look” and add your own creativity to the design – Life is a Garden, so live it
to the full.