4 February 2007
If you haven’t
space in the garden for a vegetable garden or
don’t want to sacrifice any of the ornamental
beds of perennials and shrubs then mix and match.
is no reason not to grow vegetables among the
other plants. A clump of carrots with their
ferny green foliage tucked among the bedding
annuals will add interest and height. At the
same time carrot fly may not think to look for
them there and more importantly the smell of
the other flowers will mask their scent and
confuse the pests.
it comes to an architectural perennial it is
hard to beat the globe artichoke with its large,
divided, grey-green leaves and blue, thistle-like
flowers. If the flower buds are eaten there
will be no show of flowers. They are ideal used
as dot plants in the perennial border or among
chard has spinach-like leaves on 15-20 inch
long stalks that are bright red, yellow or white.
They may be harvested from summer through to
beans with white, pink or red flowers will twine
up a tripod of canes in the annual or perennial
border and in when in full flower look as good
as sweet pea.
are excellent in salads using the edible flowers
to add colour. The leaves and seeds may also
neat row of red leafed lettuce plants bordering
the rose bed may not be everyone’s cup
of tea but they are pretty until you start harvesting
them. Cutting every other one when they are
small will allow a close plant spacing and the
gaps won’t be so noticeable.
of chives with their dark green leaves and attractive
balls of mauve flowers may also be used to edge
paths. Thyme may be used in the same way. Herbs
such as lavender, sage and rosemary are perfectly
acceptable as aromatic, flowering shrubs in
a mixed border.
Tumbler tomatoes will succeed in hanging baskets
where their bright yellow flowers and trusses
of small, bright red fruit liven up a blank
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