Grow Your Own

Countless gardeners now want to combine food production with a beautiful garden. Few of us have the space for a separate kitchen garden, and such a thing is hugely labour-intensive, but growing some vegetables which are attractive as well as delicious can be fitted into most schemes. Handsome perennials such as Crambe maritima Sea-kale, or globe artichokes, will enhance any border, while varieties of peas or pole beans with coloured flowers will look lovely on a decorative wigwam, or mixed with other annual climbers. Plants such as the brassicas (cabbage relatives) have been in gardens for millennia, and still sustain us even in the gales of an Atlantic cliff, while having a wonderful if austere beauty.