Creating an Organic Vegetable Garden
ALCA Award — Residential Design, Installation and Maintenance
Mariani associates challenged themselves to make these garden rooms as beautiful as possible, to experiment, innovate and explore ideas for their clients. The result is dazzling and colorful, always changing and full of interest. Beautiful perennial borders are bright and varied with plants chosen to spread color throughout the seasons: glorious purple iris in late spring; showy white echinacea in midsummer; blue salvia throughout the summer; and the purple-pink of mallow in late summer.
The vegetable garden sees lettuces, spinach, leeks and peas in the spring. As weather warms, tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis and squash are planted. When each crop is harvested, another rotation of vegetables, herbs or flowers is planted to fill the space. Colors are brilliant and carefully planned. As the tomatoes ripen to a rich crimson in this garden, red plumes of gaillardia and lady-in-red salvia are at their peaks to provide a blaze of scarlet.
Basil, oregano, parsley, chives, lemon balm, mint, thyme, lavender, rosemary and sage offer up their fragrances to make a walk through these gardens memorable. Marigolds, onions, fennel and dill discourage insects while flowers such as cosmos and sunflowers attract chickadees and goldfinches. Other plants provide height, texture and color contrast, all orchestrated by Mariani.See Slideshow