Over the next week or so I will be doing a 4 part series of posts on the perfect plants for the garden. I have separated them into 4 groups: Edibles, Grasses, Focal Plants, and Filler Plants.
Edibles are fairly self-explanatory, anything that bears fruit or vegetables such as Strawberries, Apple trees, Cherry trees, Cucumbers etc.
I’ve included Grasses as its own group as they could be put into the Filler Plants section but with such a variety of tall grasses, to use either as filler plants or just for a modern garden effect, these grasses look great!
Focal Plants are the big beautiful, colourful plants that tend to have a big impact in the garden. These can be a small Hydrangea bush, to Acer trees etc.
Filler Plants are the things that tend to (not always) follow suit after you have chosen your “Focal Plants”. This is where you need something for ground coverage, to cover a corner, border or need something to look nice between your other plants. I prefer to do it this way as it helps in the overall design of the garden so that you don’t end up with one corner full of something and not enough somewhere else. So your eye can easily transition from one end to the other.
I thought I would start off with the Cherry Tree as it not only has a fantastic fruit in the summer but it is often admired for its gorgeous Spring blossom.
One of these in your garden and everyone will love it.
Apple trees are probably the easiest and most popular tree to grow in the garden. It’s easy to see why they are so popular, they create that meadow look and bear fruit perfect for the kids to eat or just for you to have a nice pie or crumble.
There are thousands of different types of apples, but they broadly fall into two categories: dessert apples for eating, and cookers, as the name suggest, for cooking. Some are dual-purpose, so suitable for both uses.
Pear trees are great for similar reasons to Apple trees.
However, I would like to show you that you can get decorative trees. These do not bear fruit, they just flower and make great hedging and borders. They look great in the summer with white flowers and shiny foliage. Then in the Autumn, the leaves turn a luscious red/purple.
I love Rhubarb!
It adds a fantastic flash of colour in the garden but what I love more is to cut it and make it into a pie or crumble.
I don’t think it needs more of an explanation than that…
Grapes over a Pergola make a dull patio transform. I would love to have an area of the garden like this. It would turn my garden into my very own little Tuscany.
Be the envy of your friends and invite them for a barbeque under the shade of an overhanging grape vine.
Salads: Iceberg Lettuce, Cabbage, Kale, Peas, Spinach
Vegetable gardens are already quite popular, but it doesn’t take much to take it to the next level.
Got an old bookshelf that your thinking of getting rid of? Instead of throwing it away or selling it at a car boot/garage sale, why not recycle by laying it flat in the garden and use that as the base for your new salad garden? Or keep it vertical, plant the salads in with chicken wire over the soil to keep it from falling out, cut a hole to put the plant in and keep that in the garden.
I have even seen a few dressers and kitchen units for sale recently that would make interesting containers for plants.
How do you get more people to eat more salad? Make salads cool.
How do you do that? Check out the images below.