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An Ornamental and Edible Garden – new build, Worcester

Edible garden, fire pit and artificial lawn

A downsizing and move away from Bromley, Kent to Worcester created the opportunity for an existing client to have an ornamental and edible garden which was 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. Ground cover planting, easy to look after shrubs and herbaceous perennials reduced the workload. This edible ornamental garden mixes food plants and non-food plants within the borders.


Laying an artificial lawn enabled us to create a more level site. 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. Whilst a pergola and decking make a secluded seating area with scented climbers and fairy lights. And one of my favourite items in the garden – the raised dry-stone wall firepit. Perfect for toasting marshmallows in the cooler months; ideal for lazy barbecues when it’s warm.

As you can see, our ‘other client’ a Golden Retriever really got involved in the garden project…

Ornamental and Edible Garden Planting List examples

Edible plants: –
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 – Rosemary, thyme, marjoram
Perennial vegetables – rhubarb, perpetual spinach
Annual salads, herbs, vegetables

Ornamental plants: –
Standard roses, climbing roses
Salvias – shrubby and herbaceous
Geraniums, macrorrhizum, sanguineum

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.

Planting the bare root fruit trees was combined with a gardening lesson on pruning.

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!