Sweet and Spicy 4 x 4-foot Pepper Garden

Plant peppers in a raised bed.

Plant a mix of peppers in one garden. You choose your favorite pepper varieties.

Plant a raised bed with sweet and hot peppers.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.

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 a Mediterranean Garden, Easy Summer Garden, or 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)


Dennis Gerber

How do I get rid of aphids on my pepper plants and eggplants. I was told to mix a small amount of dish soap in a 32 oz. spray bottle, use stream or heavy spray from the bottle, and to make sure I get the underside of the leaves as well as the top. How wet should I make the leave, and if it just knocks the aphids off of the leaves – should I spray the surface soil. (The plants are in containers). Is this correct, and do you have a measurement of soap to water that is safe for the plant?

Danielle Carroll

Hello Dennis,
I do not have a recipe for you to use, but they were right about spraying the underneath of the leaves as well as the stem and anywhere you see aphids. Insecticidal soaps are also available in home garden stores – these soaps kill the aphids so you do not need to spray the soil. If you only have a few plant, you can also use a stream of water to knock them off. – Danielle, Bonnie Plantss

Joe Vidal

I’m looking for Scotch bonnet peppers dose Bonnie sell this type of plant if so when should I look to see them at my local vendors. thanks Joe

Danielle Carroll

Hi Joe,
Bonnie Plants does not produce Scotch Bonnet peppers at this time, but I’ll pass on the recommendation 🙂 – Danielle, Bonnie Plants


Hey Joe,

I was able to find a Bonnie habanero pepper which is comparable to scotch bonnet.



I had a discussion with a pepper growing novice today, who insisted that the Sweet bell peppers he grows are more likely to fail in a strong hot sun and warmer climate than the hotter pepper varieties. It is my experience as a Horticulturist, that the pepper variety is more likely to succeed or fail due it’s specific dna and to soil conditions/ amount of sun and/or amount of water given to the plant.

He claimed that he saw something on the “internet”, that said that sweet bell peppers were weeker than their hotter (more strong) varieties of hot peppers.

I would just like to know if there is any truth to what he said.

I tried to explain that pepper varieties vary from sweet to hot depending on the particular dna (and included in the dna string would be the resistance to heat and drought) Rather than on what kind of pepper (sweet or hot) you are growing. Please clarify…

Thank you, Cat Beauregard

Mary Beth

Hi Cat,
From the desk of our partner in Extension, here’s your answer: Optimum temperatures for growing hot peppers are between 70 and 85 degrees F. Bell peppers grow best when temperatures are between 70 and 80 degrees F. Hot peppers can handle higher temperatures than bell peppers. DNA is what determines all traits of different peppers and makes each variety unique. You are both correct, hot peppers can handle more heat than bell peppers, but all characteristics of each pepper variety is determined by its DNA including whether it is a bell pepper or a hot pepper.
Hope that helps in your debate of this “hot topic!” 🙂 ~Mary Beth, Bonnie Plants


How do i stop my tomato plants from growing to high. HELP


I was always told by the older folk that you should not plant hot peppers and mild peppers close together because they will all wind up hot. Could you comment on this?

Kelly Smith

Hi Mary,

This old tale isn’t actually true. Peppers are self-pollinated, though occasionally they do cross-pollinate. However, the result of this crossing (including differences in fruit flavor or color) would not appear in this year’s crop. It would only appear if you saved seed this year and planted it next year.

Happy growing!
Kelly, Bonnie Plants

Nancy Elson

The garden choosers (tomato and pepper are the ones I’ve used so far) are wonderful, so helpful! Thank you!

Kelly Smith

Hi Nancy,

Great, we’re so glad you’ve found them useful! Happy growing!

Kelly, Bonnie Plants

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