Potager 101 – Last Classe, Decorative Planting

Mar 27, 2011 | Gardening, Potager, Potager 101 | 8 comments


Hi ladies,

I totally forgot to post this quick wrap up last week to the Parisienne Farmgirl Potager 101 Classe!!!  Your feedback has been so exciting, especially since the whole timing thing didn’t go the way I had imagined it would on account of this little one growing inside me!
Grow baby grow!
What I wanted to do was simply inspire you to grow your own food and to make it beautiful and when I visit your blogs and see your raised beds being built and seedlings growing… well, I am thrilled.
Hopefully you learned things that aren’t already all over the internet.  Teaching you how to garden wasn’t my goal, that can take a lifetime (remember, it’s always about next year!)… that’s what all the books and google are for.
I did really want to inspire though.
In this closing post in this Series I want to encourage you to think outside the average garden when you go to sow your seeds and plant your seedlings.  Anything you can do to make it more pleasing to the eye will add to that “Potager” touch.

I found this photo on Rosalind Creasy website – author of the wonderful Edible Gardens series!!!

Decorative shapes of lettuces in different colors… red leaf varieties, bright green heads and spazzy frissées!  Edible flowers mixed with your herbs, zinna’s planted near your rows of carrots – a blast of color among the masses of leafy carrot tops.  Plant your cherry tomatoes by color… red, yellow, red, yellow and zucchinis too!  How about bright blue morning glories with your purple pole beans?

The fun part is right around the corner!
I can’t wait to see everyones Potagers!
Please leave a comment if you would like me to email you for a follow-up post this summer.  I would love to show a photo or two of everyone’s creations and then “Mr. Linky” readers back to your sites so you can tell your own story.   If, due to climate your garden will peak before summer please take photos so you have them ready.Thank you again for humoring me as I
attempted to write about something I love so much!Very soon all the posts will be available on my sidebar for easy reference.

Happy Gardening!
Vive le Potager!

all other photos found by Googling “lettuce designs”


  1. Carissa

    We have seedlings!!! And even though the weather has not been that great lately, we are dreaming and have our plans all drawn out!

    Blueberry bushes in waiting!!

    Thanks for the inspiration!!! This has been a wonderful series.


    Grow baby grow!!! What a miracle!

  2. Blondie's Journal

    I love the last photo…marigolds are so great for getting rid of pesky little bugs. And the herbs look fantastic along the edges, too!

    Hope you are feeling well, Angela!


  3. Just a Girl

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog, and anticipate each of your entries!

    I also adore all things French, and embrace my French ancestry by trying to decorate my home, life and thoughts with the romance and taste of everything Francais.

    I follow you with a different blog, but that one is private. I have begun a new public blog, and am happy to say that you somewhat inspired me! I made it public, yet remain “anonymous” so that I may post and “rant,” as you say, about whatever I like (in a Christian way) without any of my close family/friends reading too much into the things I say, as odd as that might sound. Please come visit me sometime! 🙂

    ~Just a Girl

  4. Theanne and Baron

    Very inspiring indeed…to encourage your gardening friends to be creative with their planting!

  5. Ann at eightacresofeden

    Some great ideas Ang – I won’t be taking up the suggestion of morning glories though – here in Oz they are a rampant weed that strangles everything it attaches to. I call it ‘all day curse’ and have spent hours ripping it off my fruit trees so you can imagine what it might do to beans on a trellis. Opposite season here too – but I love autumn for planting the more decorative lettuces and Asian greens as they are less likely to go to seed. My bath tub garden is packed with ruby chard, beetroots, endive and it is now hard to tell it is a bathtub as the nasturtiums and ceylon spinach are spilling over the edges.
    My favourite book for decorative vegetable gardens/potagers is ‘Creative Vegetable Gardening’ by Joy Larkcom – everything you need to know about the subject in one volume and the best plant compendium ever!

  6. africanaussie

    thanks for that lovely inspiration – I wish that my garden looked quite as orderly as those photos, but I love a mishmash of flowers and veggies.

  7. Renata

    You have inspired me to think outside the box. I now am happy that my herbs are mixing with my flowers in the garden – in fact I intend to do a bit more companion planting!
    Hope that baby is growing well!

  8. à la parisienne

    Yes, I would like to link up on your Potager follow-up.
    Partageons nos potagers!



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