Fresh-picked veggies and fruit can’t be overcome. However, you may not have space for a traditional vegetable garden layout, and fruit trees may leave no space, or sunshine, for any additional plants. The solution is to use every inch of space possible, and this means rising up or walls in addition to across your garden floor.
In a large lawn, a level vegetable garden could be boring to look at. Espaliering a tree on a fence or utilizing cherry tomatoes to cover an arbor adds visual variety to your space. Additionally, it allows you to grow your edibles through your landscape, wherever they’ll do their best and contribute to your garden’s overall beauty.
When planning your garden, remember that placing plants against a wall means they’ll receive reflected heat in addition to direct sun. When most fruits and vegetables will welcome this, be cautious with some of the cool-weather plants, such as peas. While they will most likely do nicely against a north- or east-facing wall, a southern or western exposure might be too hot for them.
Diane Licht Landscape Architect
A traditional approach that’s always attractive: grapes growing within an arbor with seats underneath. Imagine sitting in the shade on a hot day and simply reaching to choose a handful of mature grapes. Or better yet, sipping wine; it is certainly a suitable use of the space. Just be sure to choose a surface beneath the arbor that dropped grapes will not permanently stain. Put out the seats, open the wine and you’re set.
Caution: Grapes may be hazardous to pets, so keep the two apart.
A surprising quantity of fruit trees could be espaliered. Apples are most frequently treated this way, but the technique works for peaches, nectarines, pears, plums and even cherries. It is more work than regular pruning, but you are going to kill two birds with one stone: softening the face of a long, unbroken wall and creating the fruit exceptionally easy to select.
Susan Cohan, APLD
The espaliered fruit shrub on this trellis is much more vertical than horizontal, giving it a slightly different look compared to prior espalier. A trellis in this way will do the job equally well to support legumes or berries. When it’s sturdy enough, consider using it to encourage smaller squashes, cucumbers and eggplants to grow up rather than sprawl outward. You will protect the crop from insects in the soil, not to mention marauding pets and children. You will also have a living privacy fence during the growing season.
Grapes may be traditional for over arbors, but think outside the vine civilization. Hops, that regular ingredient for beer, may work equally well, if not better, to cover an arbor or pergola or to train along a weapon. You may even train hops, with assistance, as a little tree. They’re vigorous climbers — great for fast coverage, but you’ll need to cut back them to keep them under control. The light-green leaves are large and cosmetic, and the blossoms on the female plant are green and cone-shape with a odor.
This contrast of a good gate with open fencing on either side is attractive and somewhat unusual, offering a feeling of enclosure that’s not too overbearing. Though perennial vines would be the traditional choice, consider using legumes, peas or tomatoes for a seasonal screening impact. You could always catch a fast bite as you go by.
Robin Amorello, CKD CAPS – Atmoscaper Design
Bright yellow trellises flanking a drop door at the conclusion of a vegetable bed are a nice accent for this little vegetable garden, supplying support when incorporating a burst of color to the space. You can find plant supports to buy in a variety of colours, but you may also paint the standard wood ones (and change the color to coordinate with your gardening mood each year).
Tip: If you’re growing berries close to a walkway or door, look for thornless berries.
A narrow side lawn with no space for plants on the ground can become a productive garden place with the addition of an overhead construction. The design creates a shaded pathway and screening for people passing beneath, while the crops may take whole advantage of available sun. Additionally, it helps independent and define the space from other areas of the landscape. In winter the open structure, free from crops, allows much-needed light into the space.
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A living wall is a good approach to vertical gardening. Fill planters with herbs or allow smaller tomatoes (those bred to grow in containers or on patios) melt from them.
Container-grown plants generally need more watering than those in the ground, so plan accordingly using water reservoirs or trickle irrigation.
Contemporary Garden Statues And Yard Art – $250
Vining plants in addition to espaliered trees need supports. There are the traditional pyramids, tuteurs and trellises, but producers nowadays are producing more peculiar designs for virtually any garden style. These trellises here are a modern take on a tradition trellis, with the added advantage that you can buy ones that are 8 feet tall — a dimension that will make the crops growing them up certainly stand out.
Square About Squares Wrought Iron Center Link Trellis – $50.95
Here’s a somewhat strange take on the traditional trellis. The design as well as the light green color make it a delightful garden accent by itself.
Plow & Hearth
Three-Bell Trellis – $149.95
Discuss doing double duty. This trellis has a service for vines in addition to bells to give garden audio once the breeze blows.
Outdoor Garden Trellis
These are not your grandma’s garden supports. There might be a few traditional pyramid-style supports, but round, square, oblong and hourglass are certainly unusual. Add to them colors that are bright, lively and not something that will mix in. Regardless of what your garden style, these would be an eye-catching addition.
Home Decorators Collection
Wide Forged Twig Trellis – $69
This trellis, with its spare nevertheless twiglike appearance, would operate equally well in a modern landscape and a traditional or cottage garden.
Picture Vertical Garden – $298
Picture this for a little wall, especially in a modern or urban setting. Herbs would work really nicely in this planter; their green and gray-green colours would enhance the appearance without being too frilly.
Wire Garden Trellis – $99
Lights, action, vegetables. Adding lights to some trellis is a great way to highlight your backyard at night.
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