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Urban garden - use the flowerbeds

Purely for pleasure or to expand your healthy choices: every reason is a good reason to make room in your garden for some vegetables. You can’t seem to find the space or time? If you have just one flowerbed, you have a vegetable garden! Follow the trend and create your own urban garden.

Gourmet flowerbeds

Fruits and vegetables in the flowerbed? Why not! Some plants really are as tasty as they are attractive.

  • Blueberry bushes: produce beautiful flowers in the spring, colourful fruit in the summer, and leaves that turn to red in the fall
  • Cabbages simply look like great, big flowers
  • Climbing cherry tomato plants growing on a trellis are really impressive: pretty blooms transition into gorgeous red, yellow, orange or purple tomatoes
  • Dill plants: delicate wonders
  • Chives: graceful flowers

If you have an existing flowerbed, look at it very closely: it may already include edible flowers that are all perfectly good to eat.

  • Daylilies
  • Hostas
  • Phlox
  • Impatiens
  • Pansies
  • Gladiola
  • Tulips

Sun requirements for plants

Sunlight is the stuff most vegetable plants crave. There are, however, plants that thrive with a little shade. Choose your plants wisely. Know the sun requirements of the plants you want and be aware of the sun exposure in your garden.

  • Full sun: 6 to 8 hours (and more) sunlight per day
  • Partial-shade : 4 to 5 hours sunlight per day
  • Shade: 1 to 2 hours sunlight per day

Consult our article on which vegetables, herbs and berries to plant depending on the amount of sunshine.

Soil type

Plants are not all created equal when it comes to the nutrients they require, which means some plants are well-suited to a particular kind of soil whereas other plants require the opposite. First things first: have your soil analyzed at a garden centre so you know exactly what kind of soil you have to work with.

Clay soil

Artichokes, eggplants, chard, cauliflower, headed cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, rhubarb, chives, mint, spinach, beans, peas

Sandy soil

Carrots, beets, celeriac, turnips, radishes, potatoes, garlic, fennel, shallots, asparagus, beans, peas, strawberries, parsley, tarragon, cilantro, chives

Limestone soil (alkaline)

Moderate: garlic, carrots, beets, radishes, parsnips, beans, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, Jerusalem artichokes

Very alkaline: headed cabbage, cauliflower, savory, thyme, rosemary, melons, leeks, artichokes

Humus-rich soil (acid)

Squash, zucchini, cucumbers, melons, eggplants, peppers, chili peppers

Perennial vegetables, herbs and fruits

The main purpose of a flowerbed is to be decorative, so ensure the beauty in your garden extends to the fall by planting perennials. That way, you won't be left with a bare patch after everything has been harvested!

  • Perennial vegetable plants: asparagus, rhubarb, artichoke
  • Perennial fruit and berry plants: strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, elderberry, blackcurrant, currant, grapevine
  • Perennial herbs: savory, sage, lavender, mint, oregano

Bring biodiversity and its benefits to your garden

Vegetables in the flowerbed. Flowers in the vegetable garden. The idea is to bring biodiversity back to the garden by creating an environment that welcomes bees, butterflies, specific insects and even birds. Flowers attract insects that pollinate vegetable flowers. Others protect vegetables from destructive insect pests. Side by side in the garden, they make a winning team!

Learn more about companion-planting


Repels many insect pests


Flowers attract bees



Enhances the flavour of tomatoes


Keeps aphids away from vegetables


Pest-repelling (aphids)

Attracts bees


Pest-repelling (cabbageworm)


Attracts bees


Repels several pests (cabbage and tomato worms, worms that attack asparagus, and pests on beans)

Attracts bees

Delicious vegetables, herbs and berries

There are plants we like to grow purely for their taste. Sweet, spicy, sour, juicy, or crisp: how will you describe the fruits of your labour?

  • Herbs : basil, chives, parsley, rosemary, coriander, oregano
  • Vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, carrots
  • Fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries
  • Flowers: bee balm, miniature carnations, phlox, platycodon, impatiens, gladiola

Plants that are beautiful and tasty

Stop and stare! Some food plants are just stunning to look at. Admire the colours, shape and texture of the leaves.

  • Herbs: dill, parsley, purple basil, silver thyme
  • Vegetables: multicolored Swiss chard, curly green lettuce, red-leaf lettuce, two-toned lettuce, red cabbage, kale, asparagus, yellow zucchini, garlic
  • Fruit: yellow raspberries
  • Flowers: your favourites!