Prettify Your Productive Garden

In a productive garden, function generally wins over style, but the two don't have to be mutually exclusive. Here, we present three gardens packed with delicious vegetables or herbs that each, in its own way, looks great.

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Wildly Productive

Even the paving in this natural-looking productive garden (image 1), is softened by a variety of sensory-pleasing plantings; chamomile, when walked on, releases a scent.

Designer Butcher says:
"This small kitchen garden was created for enthusiastic gardeners. The emphasis is on medicinal and culinary herbs for regular harvesting, but the space is for relaxing, too. The clients also wanted something organic and with a low carbon footprint."

"As the design developed it became clear that we were working towards a blend of fruit, vegetables and herbs, and that they should be the dominant elements."

"I take inspiration from many things — such as literature, art and travel. The input and character of my clients are essential ingredients in my work, too."

Key Ingredients:
Chamomile (image 2); Rosemary santolina, also known as cotton lavender (image 3)

Other Essentials

Parsley (image 1); Apple mint (image 2); Sweet woodruff (image 3); Thyme (image 4); Sage (image 5)

Raising Vegetables

This geometric garden includes the sort of well-equipped detailing that a hard-working space needs. The raised beds of vegetables are easy to reach and maintain.

Designer Guinness says:
"This garden was originally dominated by an overgrown Leylandii hedge. Once this was removed, the space really opened up and a backdrop of native plants was revealed, which help to soften my design."

"The space works hard, which is typical of my approach. The owner is a grilling enthusiast, so I created a space for entertaining, with a barbecue grill and built-in sink, and a small greenhouse."

"My influences often come from the architects I work with, and new or interesting ideas I see on my travels."

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