A potager in the city

What the client wanted:

A garden similar to the ‘potagers’ the owner fell in love with while living in France.

What we did:

Installed this garden over several years. We began by planting shrubs and trees to screen out unattractive views of the alley and cars parked on the street. A narrow strip along the driveway became a kitchen garden, and the driveway gravel swapped out so it could also function as a bocce court. A large rain garden was planted with blueberries, as well as other shrubs, and a narrow strip of grass replaced with a permeable gravel walk and patio. The gazebo in the back creates a sheltered place to work in the hot summer sun or dine outdoors in the rain.

What we love:

The way this garden helps to redefine suburban landscaping. Beautiful, environmentally responsible and functional, it offers the homeowners a score of amenities on a small, semi-urban lot.