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Though the French are perhaps best known for their butter-laden pastries and rich, creamy meals, the French garden is nearly as iconic. Now, drawing inspiration from the potager, or French kitchen garden, our Landscape Specialist Marie Macchiarolo is creating beautiful ecoscapes. So what, exactly, does this traditional garden do?
A potager looks just as beautiful as it sounds. Consisting of intermingled vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs, a potager mixes function with beauty. A potager is similar to the English cottage garden, but differs due to the fact that it is centered on vegetables rather than flowers. Following principles of garden design and natural landscaping, a potager aims to not only be aesthetically pleasing, but productive as well.
Putting the aesthetically pleasing aspect of these gardens aside, there is also the added benefit of creating a healthy ecosystem for the food you are growing. A potager attracts more pollinators with the added flowers, therefore creating an atmosphere that will invite the bugs that we want – those that eat the pesky ones. It’s a win for everyone!
If you want to bring a little France to your backyard, here are a few design tips.
Our team here at Green City Growers would be more than happy to help you create the backyard of your dreams!
Schedule a consultation today to get started on creating your own beautiful, yet functional potager.