This dreamy combination of plants features the creamy-purple flowers of Daucus carota with the grass Stipa tenuissima and fennel.
These cow-parsley type flowers have been popular for a while now, but Daucus carota (a type of wild carrot) was a real favourite at Hampton Court featuring in several gardens.
It’s a biennial, which means it has a 2 year cycle, the plant grows in the first year and flowers in the next one. Easy to grow from seed, it likes full sun and well drained soil, the version in the photo above is Black Knight.
Not a new plant, but always is a favourite is this poppy
Papaver commutatum, the ladybird poppy is also easy to grow, just sprinkle the seed onto raked ground that gets plenty of sun, water and cover finely with soil.
Amongst all the vegetables I was very taken with tree spinach, I’ve been meaning to grow it for a while now.
it’s a spinach substitute, and it really is giganteum, reaching up to 1.5 metres in the right conditions.
I do like a plant that’s pretty and edible, though it does seed itself around very freely. I plan to confine it’s spreading nature by pulling the plant up before the seeds spread, and either empty them into a paper bag to sow next spring or sprinkle them just where I want them to grow.
Maybe there’s something about purple, because I also fell in love with these purple podded peas.
The poppy seed are available from Hardys Cottage Garden Plants,
and have a look at this earlier post about growing biennial plants ( like Daucus carots above) from seed, July is the perfect time to sow them.