Peppers are one of the easiest and most fun plants to grow in a summer garden, and many plants will keep producing right up to the first frost. This planting plan includes a mix of sweet and hot peppers, with plenty of options for changing up the mix based on your taste and plant availability. The finished plan below shows the planted bed. Plant your peppers in cages or with trellises, spacing plants 24 inches apart.
For excellent results, fill your bed with premium quality raised bed soil, such as Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® Raised Bed Mix—which is just the right weight and texture for raised bed growing—and feed plants with Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® Raised Bed Plant Nutrition Granules to ensure they get all the nutrition they need. Fill your Sweet and Spicy Pepper Garden with young plants from Bonnie Plants®, the company that has been helping home gardeners grow successfully for over a century.
If you want to expand your garden, place two 4 x 4 beds symmetrical on either side of a 3 to 4-foot path, wide enough for you and your tools. Try the Gourmets’ Mediterranean Garden, Easy Summer Garden, or Homemade Salsa Garden for the second bed.
Planting the 4 x 4 – foot Bed
Planting a pepper garden is easy. Take inspiration from these planting options. The plan allows for some interpretation depending on your taste. These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be lush and full as the plants grow! Following spacing on the plant labels, adding a few more plants than we have pictured if the spacing allows.
Plant one pepper from each category, spacing pepper plants 24 inches apart:
- Bell (Big Early, Bonnie’s Green, Yellow, Red, Orange, Fajita, or Big Bertha Bell)
- Snacking (Yummy or Sweet Banana)
- Small Chili (Chile Red, Tabasco, Thai Hot, Serrano, or Cayenne)
- Cherry (Sweet Cherry, Hot Cherry, or Pimiento)
- Thin-walled (Cubanelle or Giant Marconi)
- Jalapeno (Jalapeno, Mucho Nacho, Mammoth, or TAM Mild)