A downsizing and move away from Bromley, Kent to Worcester –
created the opportunity for an existing client to have an ornamental edible garden which was also easy maintenance
Situated in a new build development the garden design brief allowed us – Plews and our client! – to have a lot of fun choosing a wide range of plants.
Our client wanted to spend her time growing edibles and cut flowers. So ground cover planting, easy to look after shrubs and herbaceous perennials reduced the workload. This ornamental edible garden mixes food plants and non-food plants within the borders.
Whilst this is a relatively easy maintenance garden, including an artificial lawn for practicality, it is chock full of plants.
Laying an artificial lawn enabled us to create a more level site. And it has proved popular with the ‘other client’ involved – a gorgeous golden retriever.
There is no patio in this garden, one steps out of the French windows straight onto the lawn. This makes it a perfect backdrop for the full-to-bursting borders and raised bed. It also allows for table and chairs to be placed anywhere. Although a pergola and decking were included to give a secluded seating area with scented climbers and fairy lights.
As you can see, our ‘other client’ really got involved in the garden project…
An Ornamental Edible Garden Planting List
The garden offered shady corners and sunny borders so a wide range of plants were needed to fit the requirements of an ornamental edible garden. Whilst not a definitive plant list, these are some of the plants: –
Edible plants included: –
- Cordon fruit trees along the fences. Local Worcester varieties were chosen where possible, Black Worcester pear for example
- Fruit bushes
- Grape vines – there are productive vineyards in nearby Shropshire
- Perennial herbs, eg Rosemary, thyme, marjoram
- Perennial vegetables, rhubarb and perpetual spinach
- Annual salads, herbs and vegetables
Ornamental plants included: –
- Standard roses, climbing roses
- Salvias – shrubby and herbaceous
- Geraniums, eg macchorrizum and sanguineum
- Clematis for all seasons
- A range of evergreen shrubs and deciduous shrubs for foliage colour and flower
The planting scheme offers flowers most all of the year, as a food source for pollinating insects and to add to the pleasure of the garden for our client.
As the garden matures, there will be food to pick from the garden year round. In some months it may be only a few fresh leaves or perennial herbs to add to a casserole, but it’s still home grown!
And the finishing touch…
And one of my favourite items in the garden – the raised drystone wall firepit. Perfect for toasting marshmallowsin the cooler months; ideal for lazy barbecues when it’s warm.
Plews Garden Design created the overall plan and design; and obviously Marie got her hands dirty with all the planting! This took place in two main sessions as the cordon fruit trees were planted as bare root plants. Planting the bare root fruit trees was combined with a gardening lesson on pruning.
Plews Garden Landscaping carried out the hard landscaping construction. For their take on this project click here.