Useful Plants Series

Useful Plants Series – Willow

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Willows are ornamental yet useful in many ways. Willow cuttings can be planted by simply sticking them into the ground, no need to dig a hole for planting. They do very well in wet conditions, even in waterlogged soil. They root vigorously and grow very quickly. Willows provide food for the bees and other pollinators […]

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Useful Plants Series – Tuberous Sweet Pea

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Latin name: Lathyrus tuberosus Whilst garden peas are commonly grown both for edible pods and seeds, sweet peas are not edible however they are very ornamental. The tuberous kind is rare and it is perennial. The tuber stores the plants energy throughout the winter months under the soil protecting them from frost and helping the […]

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Useful Plants Series – Yacon

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Latin name: Smallanthus sonchifolius or Polymnia sonchifolia Yacon is not yet available in our SHOP, however other exotic tubers are. Yacon is yet another of those edible perennial tubers from the Andees. It’s daisy like yellow flowers and tropical leafs make a beautiful ornamental to grow in any garden. The tubers are starchy, slightly sweet […]

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Useful Plants Series – Oca

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Oxalis Tuberosa Available seasonally in our SHOP from November to April. Oca is an ancient tuber from the Andes. Whilst it has similarities to the potato, it is certainly smaller in size however it is superior in some ways. They are easy to grow, needs no attention and very little space. Oca are very healthy […]

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Useful Plants Series – Rhubarb

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Rheum rhabarbarum Rhubarb is a hardy perennial plant native to central Asia requiring no maintenance and provides an abundant harvest year after year. Great ground cover for planting along borders and under trees, in particular fruit trees. You can allow it to flower, this will attract a lot of beneficial insects and you can collect […]

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Useful Plants Series – Borage

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Borago officinalis Borage is also known as star flower because of it’s 5 petaled blue flower (also white) and it an extremely vigorous plant once it takes off. The insects and bees are drawn to it like no other flower in the garden steadily increasing biodiversity. Both the leafs and flower are of medicinal benefit […]

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Useful Plants Series – Marigold / Calendula

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Calendula officinalis Calendula, also known as common Marigold are a welcome ornamental addition to the garden. Besides being nice to look at, it is a very useful plant performing numerous functions. It’s an excellent insectary plant attracting all kinds of beneficial insects and repelling unwanted pests. Leaves and petals are edible, great for salads and […]