From time to time I will pass by a home where they have integrated their vegetable garden into their landscaping design, making it part of the presentation. Over at HGTV they have one example Attractive Vegetable Garden that just might give you some ideas.
I’ve heard of people putting winding raised stone walkways through their vegetable gardens along with benches and water features like small pools or fountains. Adding all the trimmings to your garden can make it a place not only for growing delicious tomatoes but also one for chatting and meditation.
I think the best place to start the process of integrating your vegetable garden into your existing landscaped yard is with pencil and paper and by setting up a white board that you can attach pictures of tomatoes, cucumbers and all the other vegetables you plan on planting, this will help you to visualize the space needed and the look of the flowering veggie plants as well as the mature plants. Pictures of your yard also will help you to visualize where veggie plots might best be located or where Raised Boxes will make the best statement.
I came across an article on Vegetable Garden Design over at the National Gardening Association’s website that will give you lots of great tips and en-genius ways for integrating your vegetable garden into your landscaping
And since we are talking about vegetable gardens I think you might find an article I recently read in the NYT to be interesting, seems there is a battle raging between gardeners who use only Heirloom seeds and those who are on the side of genetically modified seeds. To tell you the truth I didn’t know about this and found the article, which is entitled Heirloom Seeds or Flinty Hybrids to be really interesting and a good read. All I want is a tomato that tastes like summer and brings a smile to my face and corn as sweet as my memories.