I am in a sort of endless pursuit of inspiration …I mean I see inspiration everywhere … As I spent quite a lot of time gardening recenlty …it logically ends up with some botanical-inspired new etsy items… I was & I am in a bouton d’or yellow and olive green colors mood :)
The April issue of modes et travaux magazine is overflowed with pretty useful and tailor-made ideas … for instance, growing ipomée (morning glory) or pois de senteur (sweet pea) on one side of an arch-shaped treillis , and cucumber on the other side.
Bbasically I always mix flowers and vegetables in my garden. some oeillets d’inde (French marigold), some miniture tagètes (tagetes) and of course de la lavande (lavender )… It’s not just aesthetic, it also offers several beneficial features that can protect your vegetables from insect pests and even make them more productive.
In the magazine, there is a longer list of flowers that are good friends of vegetables :
To attract pollinators : cosmos, larkspur, mints, sunflowers, sweet peas and zinnias.
To attract beneficial Insects that are good to have in your garden( like ladybugs, lacewings, ground beetles... As with every other insect, beneficial insects have certain preferences in plants. Interplant their favorite "dishes" and you’ll eventually have insects patrolling your sorry -but - don't - want - you - in - my - garden insects. Parsley, dill, coriander and flowers from the aster family are supposedly good for attracting beneficial insects.
I took a few pictures and made the original size available by clicking on them … just for you :)