Last year I split the Chives and planted them all along the edges of the beds together with California poppies, Nasturtiums, Sweet peas, Pinks and Morning Glory.
'Why on earth should it be a rigid rule that flowers
must be grown in one part of the garden
fruit in another and vegetables
always hidden away somewhere round the back?
Why not grow them all in the same border?
The Ornamental Kitchen Garden
I like to think of it as my Ornamental Garden and not just a veg patch. So if I want my Runner beans to look a bit special I use a metal arch to grow them up and leave the bamboo canes for the allotment.
I want it to be pleasing to the eye as well as functional. So, if I can do this in the raised beds, why not reverse it and put ornamental veg in the flower beds. I mean, why not have a Sungold tomato plant to give some height in the flower border with a Morning Glory plant twining around it or a few Rainbow chard plants to give lovely coloured foliage, or runner beans threading through a shrub, like you would with a clematis.
|from The New Kitchen Garden by Anna Pavord|
These thoughts are all in my head at the moment, but there is no reason why they can't become a reality. I have already begun to do this, with raspberry canes and fruit trees, in amongst the flowers, and I grow tumbling tomatoes in hanging baskets, rather than trailing petunias. After all, it is my garden, to do with as I wish - so why don't I work outside the box and have a little fun with it. There are no set rules are there, so I may just break a few.
|from the New Kitchen Garden by Anna Pavord|