Herbs at the kitchen door

I think its best to plant a Potager garden near your kitchen. 

 

The other day we installed a kitchen garden and whilst working, our lovely client, Lauren came outside to pick some mustard leaves to go with a beef roll she was making for her son's lunch. Now that's what I love about Potager gardens. They are beautiful, aromatic and practical. 

 

They also brighten up dull, uninteresting areas, like courtyards where you hang washing. Where the gas bottles are located. Why are these areas often neglected? They're essential parts of the home. Are visited daily. And should not just be functional, hidden away spaces. 

Celery, perennial pink basil, lemon thyme, green in snow mustard, sage and dill
Celery, perennial pink basil, lemon thyme, green in snow mustard, sage and dill

Imagine in a few weeks when everything has settled in, just in time for Spring. The stoegas lavender will be in full bloom and the parsley, red reuben basil, green peas and bright light spinach will be ready for picking.   

 

 

This is what it looked like before
This is what it looked like before

Here's another example of a kitchen garden that we installed that works. Before it was a barren space. It came alive once we installed a Potager garden.

Before
Before

We disguised the gas bottles with a trellis and a planter filled with black beauty eggplants. In an old pot we planted Tecoma capensis (Cape honeysuckle) which grows rapidly and in time will cover the trellis.