Potager Garden,  A French kitchen garden developed by monks became popular during the 16th century. Potager Gardens blend flowers, herbs, and vegetables.  Annuals, and Perennials.  May be formal, informal, geometric in design.  usually placed near the kitchen with at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Hedgerow Farm Potager is under renovation this Winter of 2012.  The 22 inch high raised beds built from local brick and our farm field stones. Paths of Oconee Pea gravel. Boxwoods, both American and English repeat throughout the garden.  Rosemary beds nearby.  Lavender to be replanted this spring.  Camellia Hedges along one side.  A few greens growing for the winter, tatsoi, collards, spinach, and kale.

Flowers for the Kitchen Garden
Edible flowers are the perfect companion plants for kitchen gardens, adding color and fragrance as well as ornaments for salads, cakes, and cold soups, and garnishes for the plate. Here are some excellent choices for your kitchen garden:

Bee balm, monarda (Monarda didyma)
Borage (Borago officinalis)
Calendula, pot marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp. and hybrids)
Johnny-jump-ups, violets (Viola spp.)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Marigolds (Tagetes spp.)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Roses (Rosa spp. and hybrids)
Scented geraniums (Pelargonium spp.)
Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
– courtesy of Rodale’s Ultimate Encylcopedia of Organic Gardening.

Four Season Harvest
Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman

Tasha Tudor's Garden
Tasha Tudor’s Garden