The French have their kitchen gardens, called Potagers, and have been combining edibles with flowers forever. How adorable is this garden? Proving that vegetable gardens can also be beautiful. After all, if we are to grow produce on our property, it must be designed properly and be aesthetically pleasing--right?
Is your backyard tight on garden space and a bit too sunny? Try this incredibly clever and simply gorgeous solution: Build an arbor or trellis for your vine crops, and let them provide you with shade as they spread across the frame, producing flowers, grapes, cucumbers, melons, squash and gourds that hang overhead -- to stunning effect.
For a quick, inexpensive support for climbing plants, build a simple tipi of natural materials you may already have. Because they are easily moved, tipis lend themselves to vegetables such as runner beans, which may not occupy the same spot next year. Not only does the structure put the veggies at a convenient height for harvesting, it creates a focal point on its own.