Plants on the move

I don’t do much in the way of interfering in my garden and as a result plants can move about in unplanned ways that often make lovely combinations.  Some are vegetables, some herbs and others are flowers, but they all flower in their season and look amazing!  All of the pictures below are of plants that put themselves where they are.

Some seeds have arrived from next door including phlox, mallow, sweet Williams and Canterbury bells.

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mallow and birds foot trefoil


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mallow, Canterbury bells and sweet Williams


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sweet Williams


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Canterbury bells

Others came from further afield – cowslip, birds foot trefoil, evening primrose and poppy.

The rest I planted and then let them roam – fennel, parsley, marjoram, sweet cicely, carrot, foxglove, burdock, calendula, Californian poppy, few flowered leek, wild garlic, three cornered leek, snowdrop, crocus, pansy, love-in-a-mist, salsify, wild rocket, leaf beet, radish, alpine strawberry and probably more.

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salsify flower and seed heads

One of the nice things is that you can see which way the wind blows as over time they have mostly spread up the garden, which is downwind.

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Californian poppy with vetch behind with fennel and love in a mist at the back

Other plants are spreading below ground.  Raspberries have appeared on the other side of the hedge and about ten foot along from their original location.  When I attended a forest gardening course with Martin Crawford I remember him saying that raspberries are best if they are allowed to go where they want, so that is what I have done.

Earth nut pea, vetch, Chinese artichoke and Jerusalem artichoke also travel along the bed establishing new clumps.

Of course I also get some of the less popular ‘weeds’ which equally spread by seed – nettle, dandelion, dock and the rest.  I don’t mind that though, they mix in with the rest and in their turn provide valuable functions.  I remove them when they are too large or take the place needed by something else.





About Anni Kelsey

I love forest gardens and forest gardening, nature, reading and everything good about being alive. I have written two books - the garden of equal delights (2020) - about the principles and practice of forest gardening; and Edible Perennial Gardening (2014) - about growing perennial vegetables in polycultures, which is basically forest gardening concentrating on the lower layers.
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5 Responses to Plants on the move

  1. bill wright says:

    hi anni just wondering if you have any Nine star perennial seeds or plants for sale . thanks Bill


  2. Steve Jones says:

    Hi Anni your garden is looking great, so many healthy plants all doing their own thing, it’s a wonderful example of nature at it’s finest. I recieved the Sweet Cicely seeds ou sent me, Thank you very much for remembering me you’re very kind. With my very best wishes. Steve


  3. Andy says:

    Bird’s foot Trefoil is a lovely looking flower. I like Mallow as well because once planted it is very resilient, perennial and grows through grass and weeds. Salsify, some of your seeds that you gave me, looked great and I saved a load of seed after they flowered. I forgot to sow it last year and sprinkled it in various places this year and was surprised where it appeared, but grateful it had.

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