Unfortunately, I am one of those who thinks that the basic vegetable garden is not a thing of beauty. It is simply a vegetable garden, laid out in the typical rows that are more common than not.
I see no reason why a vegetable garden can't be a thing of beauty as well as functional. Thus the potager (pronounced poh ta zhay), the kitchen garden or as they say in France, "le jardin potager". A relatively simple design that needs just a few key elements to make it stand out from the average vegetable garden.
A potager is a garden that combines both edibles and flowers. It can vary in size and shape and is typically walled in by the use of a fence, low wall or a border of bushes ie, boxwoods. This gives the vegetable garden a "room" effect, it is a destination unto itself. The potager is typically laid out with pathways and raised beds, there should be a focal point of some sort, maybe a water feature or a birdbath. Arbors with gates add a charming touch and enclose the garden even further. You can add a seating area as well, or maybe a charming table to set your tools on. All of these individual elements turn the average hard working vegetable garden into a charming potager where one can find respite and pleasure.
Below are a couple of pics of my potager that have been shown in earlier posts. Mine contains a birdhouse and a birdbath that is surrounded with sage. There are arbors at each end of the post and rail fence as well as gates. I love walking in there and closing the gate behind me, it takes me to another world. When I designed this vegetable garden I wasn't really thinking of a "potager", I just wanted it to have a cottage style and be a room of it's own. It was only later after researching "le jardin potager" that I realized that was what I actually had. Happy accident!
Good Luck creating your own potager! I think you will find it fun and greatly rewarding.