Key plants in The Pulp Friction - Growing Skills Garden

Robert Hart championed the forest garden concept. Inspired by a need for more trees, as well as a desire to produce healthy food, he envisaged great urban forests created by thousands of gardens within towns and cities creating a healthy and therapeutic environment.

All of the plants in the Pulp Friction Growing Skills Garden are either edible, or useful in another way reflecting the work that Pulp Friction do and their origins.

Betula pendula ‘Dalecarlica’

This tree produces a pleasant tasting sap that can be collected by tapping the trunk. Dalecarlica has unique feathery foliage and has a tall slender form, with attractive weeping branches as it matures. It makes a splendid specimen tree, giving good interest in all seasons. Tolerant of most soil types and conditions including damp or sandy soils.

Mespilus germanica

Simple white flowers in late spring, which give way to the unusual fruit medlar once a popular delicacy in medieval times now not widely grown. Medlar fruits are very rarely available to buy, so the best way to enjoy these unusual fruits is to grow your own. They grow well on most soils and crop best in full sun.

Corylus maxima ‘Purpurea’

Similar to our native Hazel, the filbert produces edible nuts in autumn with this variety having beautiful deep purple foliage. A tough deciduous plant that will tolerate any soil type that is moist but well-drained in full sun or partial shade. Full sun will give the best purple leaf colour.

Fragaria vesca ‘Yellow Wonder’

An excellent gourmet strawberry with wonderful aroma and flavour with yellow fruit that won’t attract birds. Yellow Wonder does not produce runners, making them a perfect fit for growing along walkways or in containers. Will grow well in average, well-drained soil.

Phaseolus coccineus ‘Painted Lady’

An older traditional runner bean variety with vibrant red and white flowers and a large crop of well-flavoured beans. Ideal for smaller gardens and looks as good as it tastes making it ideal for many garden locations, in the Pulp Friction Garden it will be grown as an attractive edible hedge. They prefer a moist, fertile soil in a sunny location.

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