The Perennial Patch

globe artichokes

Most veg plants are grown as annuals. i.e., you plant them in the spring, harvest them later in the year and then dig them up because they’re done. But there are some that will give you a bit more bang for your buck. These make great additions to the garden, you can slot them into borders amongst flowers, dedicate a bed to perennials, or have a few permanent pots on the go.

Plant these fruit n’ veg once and they’ll come back year after year… 

  • Asparagus – once established you can expect your asparagus to keep you going for about 25 years. Not a bad investment.
  • Globe Artichokes – such beautiful, ornamental plants, these are well worth planting in the borders for a healthy crop for years to come.
  • Cardoons – closely related to the Globe Artichoke, these’ll keep returning year after year.
  • Rhubarb – Dies back in the autumn and bursts back into life in early spring.
  • Rhubarb Chard – You’ll get a great supply of tasty leaves from this perennial.
  • Sorrel – pops up in early spring and then disappears again when it gets too cold.
  • Wild Rocket – yep, it’s technically a perennial. Don’t dig it up at the end of the season and it should come back next year. Weather dependent.
  • Fruit Bushes: Currants & Berries are all perennials and will keep you going for years.
  • Garlic Chives: A fab addition to the perennial patch for a quick and easy garlicky fix year after year.
  • Perennial Herbs: Sage, Rosemary, Mint, Chives, Oregano, Marjoram, Thyme and more…they’ll all be back!