Vegetables for English Gardens

Home grown vegetables usually have a better flavour and are generally more nutritious than store bought produce, particularly leafy vegetables and salad greens.

With careful planning it is possible to grow a succession of crops all-year-round in the UK. From fresh asparagus and over-wintered lettuce/chard in April, then around to fresh greens and legumes in summer, and on to turnips, parsnips and brussel sprouts in winter.

Growing your own also makes good economic sense as the cost of a packet of seeds or a tray of nursery-raised plants is often much lower than that of the final product sold in supermarkets.

If you have a small garden or are short of space there is no reason why culinary crops cannot be mixed in with herbaceous plants or even grown in pots and containers. Many vegetables such as feathery carrot leaves, colourful chard and red beetroot can be very decorative and architectural, in particular the fronds of asparagus and the tall stems of Jerusalem artichokes. Certain varieties of vegetables, such as broad beans and climbing beans, can also have very attractive flowers.


What Vegetables can be grown in the UK?

The following section lists the most common vegetables grown in English Gardens.

Bulb and Tuber Vegetables

Jerusalem Artichoke Roots

Artichokes (Jerusalem)

beet

Beetroot

garlic and onion sets

Onions

Shallots

Shallots

early potatoes

Potatoes

Summer Radishes

Radishes

japanese onion

Swede

Turnips

Turnip


Brassicas and Leafy Vegetables

Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts

Winter Cabbage

Cabbage

Swiss Chard

Chard

kale black tuscany

Kale

kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Spinach

Spinach


Flower and Bud Vegetables

Broccoli

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Globe Artichokes

Globe Artichoke


Fruiting Vegetables

Aubergines (eggplants)

Aubergines (eggplants)

Courgettes

Courgettes (zucchini)

Cucumber

Cucumber

bell peppers

Peppers

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn

Tomatoes

Tomatoes


Legumes(Podded) Vegetables

broad beans growing on plant

Broad Beans

green beans

French green beans

mangetout

Mangetout

Peas in pods

Peas

Runner beans

Runner beans

Sugar snap peas

Sugar-snap peas


Root Vegetables

carrots

Carrots

Parsnips

Parsnips

scorzonera

Scorzonera


Salad Leaves

Lettuce

Lettuce

Radiccio

Radicchio

spring onions

Salad (spring) onions


Stem Vegetables

asparagus shoots

Asparagus

celery

Celery

Leeks

Leeks

Rhubarb stems

Rhubarb