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[DESIGN SHOW 10] – Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas, with Niki Jabbour

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Vegetable Gardens – Designer Ideas

In this episode of Garden Design Show, Rachel will tell you all about how you can incorporate fruits and vegetables into your garden using stunning tips and tricks, regardless of what size your garden is.

This episode features a guest expert, a broadcaster and the best selling author of “Year-Round Vegetable Gardener”, Niki Jabbour. They will also discuss Niki’s new book called “Groundbreaking Food Gardens”. They look at ideas for growing edibles in small space gardens. Also featured is the food producing modern courtyard Rachel designed that is in Niki’s book!

This is what’s in Groundbreaking Food Gardens

One of the garden ideas discussed from the book is Amy Stewart’s (‘The Drunken Botanist”) collaboration with Susan Morrison – their Cocktail Garden shows just how fun plants can be and you can grow things you like to drink! You will be surprised what berries and edible flowers you can add to your salads that came straight from your fruit and vegetable garden.

Don’t forget the wildlife to help you grow vegetables…

Pollinators and wildlife can make an enormous difference to the quantity of vegetables your garden will produce. The natural side of the garden and the flowers that attract the pollinators and how you can keep them. Identify good bugs that will help you grow your fruit and vegetable garden or herb garden.

You will also see a sneak peak of Rachel’s design on the fruit and vegetable producing garden, which looks very modern and no one would think that it’s food producing. The book also features a concrete and steel garden, a good way to use recycled materials and concrete is ideal for some plants.

Before they wrap things up, Rachel asks Niki on what her advice is for people who are starting to build their own gardens and suggestions on vegetables and herbs you can mix in your garden plants. Niki recommends that you start small, so that growing vegetables doesn’t become a chore. If you’re successful (and if you buy Niki’s book, you certainly will be!) then you can always increase the area and grow more the following year.

Find out more about Niki Jabbour

Check out Niki’s websites and

Her book, ‘Groundbreaking Food Gardens’ is published by Storey and available in all good bookstores. It’s also available online at Amazon

The Design Show will be back later in the year – so what Would You Like to See Covered in Future Shows?

Rachel will be taking a break from filming for the summer to catch up on work and life! She’ll be back later in the year, so do leave a comment and let Rachel know what topics you’d like her to delve into in future episodes in the comment boxes below? Meanwhile, if you need help with your garden, check our Rachel’s Online Garden Courses that will help you to create a perfect garden on your own.

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[DESIGN SHOW 9] – Plant Colour Schemes

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Plant Colour Schemes

In this video, Rachel will talk about color schemes and stunning color combinations without having to know anything about color theory.

Rachel first features her parent’s garden from last week’s episode, the problem boarder with the giant leylandii hedge and she will give you the answer to last week’s question.

She will then discuss starting a planting plan, beginning with measuring the border and putting it in paper. After that, she will show you how she planned the color scheme of the plants. She makes a list of plants that’s in the color scheme that will flower in July and August and then she will work out what would blend with the colors in the garden.

A cunning trick to avoid colour clashes in the garden!

There’s always a plant or two that is the wrong colour, in the wrong place in the garden. With smaller plants you can easily move them, but with larger specimens, that can’t be moved, you need to find a way to pacify the offending colour.

The best colours to pacify are blue, purple and to a lesser degree, green and white, can also be helpful. So for example if you have a yellow shrub, in a border that is predominantly pink, if you add blue or purple foliage or flowering plants between the yellow and the pink, it will help avoid the clash.

Pacifying colours work because they help blend strong colours. They are also colours that go with everything, so they are the bridge between other strong colours.

How to do you create stunning colour combinations?

Creating really good colour schemes is definitely an art. Choosing plants that have great flower and foliage combinations can be tricky to achieve. There’s loads of books on color theory which are in depth and you can spend plenty of time studying them. There is however, a much quicker method that requires NO studying whatsoever…

Borrowing colour schemes that talented colour experts like fashion designers and artists have already come up with, is a great way to get colour combinations that work.

What Would You Like to See Covered in Future Shows?

Rachel would love to get your ideas for future shows so that this can be as beneficial to you as possible. Leave a comment me know what topics you’d like me to delve into in future episodes in the comment boxes below?

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Competition time!

If you’d like a chance to win the fabulous Plant Design Formula course, just create a video and pop it on YouTube showing your garden colour combinations – you can use anything from around the house to demonstrate the colours you like most. Extra points if you can fling more of your wardrobe into the garden than Rachel managed! 😉

Here’s our first entry!

BUT do be warned, plants alone will NOT give you a stunning garden – you have to get the design layout right first. If you don’t know how to do that then…

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