Leucanthemum vulgare is commonly known as the Ox-eye Daisy; it’s one of my favourite plants.  This hardy perennial plant is native to Europe and Asia, where it flourishes in meadows, banks, roadsides, and on areas of waste ground.  Leucanthemum vulgare produces large, single daises with golden centres, which are surrounded by rays of white petals.  This is a super plant to grow to encourage wildlife, it’s beneficial to bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and a great many other insects, which in turn will draw birds and a wider range of wildlife into the area.

I love Blechnum spicant, it’s such a handsome, charming little fern, with its narrow, dark green coloured pinnate fronds.  Depending on this fern’s particular stage of growth, Blechnum spicant may form low growing rosettes with the sterile fronds leaning out horizontally, or if the fertile fronds are more predominantly growing, plants will appear as more upright and erect in their habit. 

Lychnis flos-cuculi is an utterly charming plant.  This hardy, herbaceous perennial, is a UK wild flower, which is commonly known as ‘Ragged Robin’ – a name that references this plant’s star shaped, deeply cut flowers.  Ideally suited to growing in a wet, water meadow, a damp pasture, or a bog garden, Lychnis flos-cuculi is the perfect choice of plant to grow alongside a pond or in any soil or area of ground where the soil is always wet and prone to flooding.

Anthriscus sylvestris is a biennial or short lived herbaceous perennial plant, which is more commonly known as cow parsley – in the UK, at least anyway – where Anthriscus sylvestris grows as a wildflower, along roadsides, hedgerows, in grasslands and meadows.

Flowering in late spring, in May, Anthriscus sylvestris is a popular plant with bees, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects

Easily grown from seed, sown in autumn or springtime, Anthriscus sylvestris flourishes in any well-drained soil. 

Hedera helix is more commonly known as ivy, or English ivy.  This rather lovely, evergreen climbing plant is often taken for granted, it can be maligned by others, but not by me – I adore ivy.  This is a magnificent plant, one that is willing to grow, easy to care for, and is a blessing for birds, insects, and wildlife.  Hedera are such a versatile group of plants – I am a huge fan of ivy!

Gooseberries (also known by their botanical name of Ribes uva-crispa) are easily grown, deciduous, thorny shrubs that produces delicious tasting fruit, in summertime.  The harvest time for gooseberries varies from June to August, depending on the particular gooseberry cultivar being grown, the planting location, and the weather.

These fruits will grow in almost any soil; although if your soil tends to be waterlogged gooseberries won’t be happy. 

Carrots, also known by their botanical name of Daucus carota, are an easy to grow, delicious root vegetable.  There are a wide range of carrot cultivars available for gardeners to grow, from the more regularly seen orange coloured carrots, to red, purple, white, or yellow coloured carrots.  I enjoy the subtle differences in the taste and texture of the carrots of each colour variation. 

Broccoli is a lovely vegetable to grow.  Advances in seed breeding have created a more versatile range of broccoli cultivars that can produce a harvest in autumn or late winter, early spring or summer, depending on the broccoli cultivar you choose to grow and the time that you sow your seeds.

Depending on the broccoli cultivar that you’re growing, seeds of this vegetable can be sown from March to July. 

Angelica archangelica is a simply divine garden plant!  I love the zingy green colour tone of this biennial’s flowers and seeds, their fresh colouring and the plant’s tall, architectural, and statuesque appearance is of great value in the garden.

Angelica archangelica favours moist, well drained soils, though please don’t give up hope if you have sandy soil – for many years I have grown Angelica archangelica very successfully on sandy, silty, free draining soils. 

Cabbages, also known by their botanical name of Brassica oleracea var. capita, are a beautiful and delicious vegetable.

The cabbage pictured above is a savoy cabbage, but many cabbage types and cultivars are available for the gardener to grow; each cabbage type has different sowing times.  Spring cabbages are sown in late summer and autumn, while summer cabbages are sown in spring, and winter cabbages are sown in spring and early summer.

Kohlrabi, also known by its botanical name of Brassica oleracea (Gongylodes Group), is an easy to grow and utterly delicious vegetable.  It may look a little quirky, but I can assure you that Kohlrabi is such a great vegetable to grow and eat!  Kohlrabi is one of my absolute favourite vegetables!

Many cultivars of Kohlrabi are available.  You can grow either purple and green coloured Kohlrabi; however, both colours look exactly the same when they’re prepared for eating.  

Raspberries (also known by their botanical name, Rubus idaeus) are easy-to-grow, shrubby plants that produce delicious tasting berries in varying shades of red, pink, purple, a dark inky shade of purple that almost looks black, yellow, orange, peach, and very occasionally, white.  The raspberries pictured in the photograph (taken at my allotment) that accompanies this plant page are still developing, they have yet to colour or ripen.

Beetroot, also known by its botanical name of Beta vulgaris, is an easy to grow root vegetable, which can be sown outside, from March until the beginning of August, in the UK.

There are a great many beetroot cultivars available, offering beetroot in a great many shapes, sizes, and colours.

You might opt to sow a traditional, round, globe shaped beetroot, or you may choose to sow a cylindrical beetroot, which has been bred to produce evenly shaped beetroot slices, ideal for pickling, such a Beetroot ‘Alto’, an F1 Hybrid, which you can see pictured in the image for ‘Beetroot’ at the top of this page.

Redcurrants or Ribes rubrum, as is their botanical name, are easy to grow shrubs, which produce delicious edible fruits that ripen during the summertime.  The time of ripening depends on the redcurrant cultivar you choose to grow, as well as the location where you’re growing your redcurrant plant.  To stager your harvest, you could grow an early fruiting redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Junifer’ or ‘Jonkheer Van Tets’, a mid season ripening redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Red Lake’, and a late season ripening redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Red Start’ or ‘Rovada’.

Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus (also known as veined sorrel) is grown for its attractive, ornamental, edible leaves, which have a tangy flavour and feature attractive red veining.

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Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata Pendula’ is a female holly, with beautiful, glossy, dark green, spiny leaves, which feature a beautiful cream variegation to their leaf margins.  If there’s a male holly nearby, this cultivar produces red berries in autumn and winter.  Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata Pendula’ is a slow growing holly, it forms a small tree or a large shrub with an attractive weeping habit that’s not usually seen in hollies.

Drosera rotundifolia is a small, low growing, perennial carnivorous plant that forms a rosette shape as it grows.  Drosera rotundifolia is also known by its common name of round leaved sundew, this plant naturally grows in acidic peaty, boggy, marshy soils, across heathlands, lowlands, moors, and other areas, where you’ll find Drosera rotundifolia growing in acidic soil.  Drosera rotundifolia flowers from mid to late summer.