Gardens of Plenty
It was at one time the preserve of only a few; now, the potager, or decorative kitchen garden, tradition that originated in France over a thousand ... Show synopsis It was at one time the preserve of only a few; now, the potager, or decorative kitchen garden, tradition that originated in France over a thousand years ago has become working practice for gardeners all over the world. This captivating book demonstrates that gardens based on these design and planting techniques boast arrangements of flowers, fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are among the finest ever created. This volume conveys the enduring appeal of these historically based gardens and describes how the integration of structured design with carefully balanced, color, texture and pattern can produce an extraordinary outdoor space. Among the topics discussed and illustrated are: -- Medieval garden designs -- Traditional interpretations -- Adding a personal touch -- Planning a jardin potager More than 100 full-color photographs illustrate the glories of the potager style and the principles that will help you devise gardens that work well and suit your needs. Detailed profiles demonstrate the virtues of strategic planting; tips give practical advice; and ideas for designs offer an abundance of inspiration.