Chard is the darling of the potager
garden and outshines any other vegetable with its brightly coloured stems and veins and dramatically contrasting leaves.
Then, as the French say, you've got a perfect potager
' is a French word meaning 'kitchen garden', but it has come to mean a part of the garden in which vegetables, herbs and fruit are grown and arranged as much for their visual impact as for their edibility.
Elle explique que des les premieres heures de la matinee, elle recolte certains legumes dans son potager
pour les revendre au centre-ville de Mascara.
It has show gardens, a Victorian-style potager
and a cafe.
(Butler now owns The French Potager
, an antiques and accessories store).
It's also popular across northern France, cooked into the potager
, a traditional garden soup.
In the lush potager
(kitchen garden), we fan out to pick everything else we need for cooking.
Highlights include a small arboretum, small potager
, a knot garden, pool and bog garden.
The soft-spoken but friendly gardener Joff grows the hotel's succulent herbs and vegetables in the acclaimed potager
. I learned more in three days from his poetic accounts of topiary in the knot garden and seasonal planting in the parterre beds than have from years of watching gardening programmes.