- Option one – hide the beds from guests
- Option two – next to the kitchen
- Option three – next to the gazebo, recreation area
- Option four – instead of a flower garden
Not all owners of summer cottages and personal plots are ready to give the entire usable area just for the beds. However, it is a functional, useful element of the site, allowing you to get fresh herbs and vegetables. Our advice site will give you several options for the location of the beds on the site.
The ideal vegetable garden is a flat area, constantly lit by the sun, protected from cold winds. According to landscape designers, such a purely utilitarian, household object, like beds, can also be beautifully fit into the site, making it an integral part of the entire street decor. This can be done in different ways..
Option one – hide the beds from guests
If the owners do not want to decorate the garden and equip raised, “smart” beds, they need a traditional option and there is a lot of space on the site, it is advisable to plant vegetables and herbs away from home. For example, in the backyard, first there is a seating area, then several garden trees and shrubs, and then directly behind them the beds. So they will not be conspicuous. It is only important to conduct water for watering the garden in this part of the land allotment, and also to place here at least a bench under a canopy so that you can relax a little during a break between work on the beds.
Option two – next to the kitchen
It is very convenient, such a layout of the beds is traditionally used in private houses in France and the Netherlands. The plants are protected from the wind by the walls of the house, and the owners just need to take a few steps to pick greens and cucumbers for a fresh salad. However, in typical projects, kitchens with access to the garden are rarely found. In addition, the garden under the windows will be perfectly visible to everyone, so the beds should always be well-groomed, decorative, beautifully located..
Option three – next to the gazebo, recreation area
In this case, the beds should definitely meet the entire aesthetics of the site, complement the recreation area, beautifully frame the patio. Landscape designers advise making boxes for beds from the same material as the gazebo, paint them in the same color, and frame them with a border of stones. And the garden will become an integral part of the decor, moreover, useful and functional.
Option four – instead of a flower garden
Indeed, who said that flowers must certainly grow in a flower bed or in a front garden? Moreover, the garden-flower bed can be very different, landscape designers advise using rounded, flowing shapes and abandoning traditional straight beds. Guests at first glance will not even be able to understand that in front of them is not a flower garden, but a garden with cabbage or curly parsley. Everything will look very beautiful.
We admit that the arrangement of decorative beds at the first stage will require more investment of effort and money than an ordinary vegetable garden. But such beds do not serve for one season, they become part of landscape design. At the same time, the ornamental garden regularly performs its function, providing the owners with a harvest of greens and vegetables.
We also advise you to re-read the portal articles on planning a garden in spring and crop compatibility..