Details Can grows to 2.5m with large seed heads.The selection work that has gone in to this line of sunflowers where plants that produce side shoots are pulled out, also once the plants have reached maturity Richard looks for those that have wide stumps which handle wind best along wind, seed heads that face vertical down so as to stop birds being able get at the seed are also selected. Sow in spring in colder areas
Details The immature flower is eaten as a vegetable. The medicinal properties of Globe Artichoke have been known for many years. The leaves were very popular between the 16th and 19th centuries when they were used to stimulate bile flow and for a variety of digestive disorders.
Details All chrysanthemum flowers are edible, but the flavour varies widely from plant to plant, from sweet to tangy to bitter or peppery. It may take some experimentation to find flavours you like. The mild flavour that lends itself well to stir-fries.
Details A large perennial that can grow to 2m with at least a 1m spread, young leaves can be eaten in salads while the roots can be cooked like parsnips. Can grow in heavy clay soils but does prefer a well drained soil in full sun, is reasonably drought tolerate.
Details Tall, spindly, straight-stemmed almost hairless annual or short-lived perennial herb up to 1.8 m tall, with small pale purple flowers produced on a many-branched flower stalk. An amazing bee magnet in autumn. Seed originally given to Richard from a hobby grower in the US.
Details Nasturtium is an annual garden plant cultivated all over the world, know for it's companion planting. The stem can reach 60cm long, with small almost round veined leaves. The leaves and flowers can be used in salads with other greens, it has a slightly peppery taste reminiscent of watercress.
Propagation: Best sown directly where to grow in a warm sunny location, should germinate in 7-14 days.
Details Avonview is a popular small growing lavender, perfect for rockeries or patio containers, can make a good low hedge. Thrives in open sunny positions in well drained soil. Trim after flowering in spring/summer to keep compact and to encourage new growth. Frost hardy to -5*
Propagation: Sow seeds in a tray of seed raising mix in a warm sunny location, should germinate in 14-21 days.