Peggy Hill is a garden consultant, writer, speaker and plant ho. She blogs about her garden shenanigans at hiddenhillsgarden.com. Peggy is also working to preserve 435 acres and 25,000 feet of magnificent shoreline on Smith Lake in North Alabama as part of the Forever Wild Land Trust. For more information and to register your support, visit savesmithlake.com.
 

 

My Dream Vegetable Garden
by Peggy Hill - posted 01/10/16

It's a new year, full of resolutions and plans for a fresh gardening season. If you're like me, and improving the vegetable garden is on your 2016 to-do list, you might want to steal some ideas from this fabulous garden. I saw it a few months ago, when I was in California for the Garden Writers Association's annual symposium.

Vegetable Garden

We caught it between summer and fall vegetables, which is good because you can see the layout better. That last picture was taken looking in from just outside the farthest end. I'm drooling over those big, clean, beautiful beds, just waiting to be planted. And they all had irrigation.

Vegetable Garden

And lots of trellises. 

Vegetable Garden

Here's a close-up.

Vegetable Garden

On the far left side of this next picture, you can barely see those trellises that I just showed you. Beyond the raised beds is a little garden within a garden. Planted on its four corners, those are probably some type of dwarf fruit trees. And beyond that is a long pergola with wires strung on the back side. On the right is yet another trellis. Covered in evergreens, it separates the vegetable garden from the rest of the yard.

I remember feeling extreme trellis-envy in this garden.

Vegetable Garden

Here's a few pictures of the little garden within a garden.

Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden

I shot this next picture from outside the garden, looking down the length of the pergola.

Vegetable Garden

That vine-covered trellis does a great job of hiding the vegetable garden. 

Vegetable Garden

There were a lot of wonderful ideas in that garden, but you better get moving if you want to implement some in your garden. Spring will be here before you know it.

 

 

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mzpigee - 10/09/2017

Live in Rowan County North Carolina and have a Angel’s Trumpet that I want to plant. I need to know exactly what is the best area to plant it in. I have gone on the internet and the advice is all over the place. South side, sun, protected area with both sun and shade out of the wind. Any information would be helpful. Thank you...
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Peggy Hill (Alabama (Zone 7b)) - 10/13/2017

My advice about angel trumpets depends on your location. Rowan County is zone 7b, so angel trumpet is marginal for you. If you were one zone further north, you probably couldn't grow it. - That's my definition of a marginal plant. - Plants in that category should be planted in spring, so they have plenty of time to settle in before the cold weather hits. I recommend that you overwinter your angel trumpet in the garage.

Angel trumpets can take full sun, and you'll want to make sure it gets at least 6 hours of sun for best blooming. Because this plant is marginal for you, it might not survive an unusually cold winter unless you find a microclimate that stays a little warmer. If you have a brick wall that gets enough sun, plant it near the wall where it'll get radiant heat.
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