Lady Arabella Lennox Boyd
I particularly love walled gardens filled with vegetables, fruit and many flowers, so I have created a semi-edible pot for the Garden Museum. On a visit to W Robinson and Son near my home in north Lancashire,
I was inspired by the variety of ornamental vegetables they displayed and decided to create a potager in a pot.
A yellow chilli pepper, 'Golden Cayenne’, was the springboard for the other yellow flowers (annual Rudbeckia sp. and Lantana 'Yellow Improved’ Lucky Series) and cream-variegated land cress (Barbarea vulgaris 'Variegata’). I wanted to spice up the combination with a flash of tangerine found in Lantana 'Red Flame’ Lucky Series, and cool the combination with a cascading violet-blue verbena, trailing silver Helichrysum petiolare and the glaucous purple rosettes of cabbage Brassica oleracea 'Red Drumhead’.
Giving a hint of mystery and height to the whole scheme is the luxuriously dark curly kale 'Redbor F1’.
The pot has been generously planted and the colours will continue and intensify as the autumn approaches, with a bit of food and deadheading.
There is exuberance about this scheme, in colours that would suit the town or country. It is gloriously extravagant and I would love it for myself.
Barbarea vulgaris 'Variegata’ (land cress)
Brassica oleracea 'Redbor’ F1 (curly kale)
Brassica oleracea 'Red Drumhead’ (red cabbage)
Capsicum 'Golden Cayenne’ (chilli)
Lantana 'Red Flame’ Lucky Series
Lantana 'Yellow Improved’ Lucky Series
Rudbeckia sp. (annual)
Verbena cv. (pale violet)