Yeo Valley Organic Garden Flowers

Sarah Mead’s Favourite Plants

Tuesday 21st September 2021

Sarah Mead is head gardener at the Yeo Valley Organic Farm in Blagdon, and today she’s sharing her top plants from the Yeo Valley Organic show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show!

1) Salix Alba

Yeo Valley Organic garden Salix Alba
The Salix Alba

At number one is this fantastic willow which will always represent Blagdon for Sarah. It’s happy in damp ground, a quick grower and it’s extremely adaptable. It gives you pleasure all year round, which means it has many uses such as basket weaving and cricket bats. What could be more British than that?!

2) Crocosmia Hellfire

Just missing out on the top slot is Crocosmia Hellfire, which is one of Sarah’s favourite diva plants. As well as having the most amazing intense dark red velvety flowers, it has a great sculptural quality which means it looks lovely in a vase.

3) Osmunda Regalis

Yeo Valley Organic Garden Osmunda regalis
The Osmunda regalis

This stunning fern loves damp shade where she holds court. She’s also got a stunning architectural beauty!

4) Kniphofia Percy’s Pride

This is the poker that just keeps on giving! It offers non-stop lemon and lime flower spiked from July to September.

5) Eurybia Divarica

It’s a fabulous daisy that lights up the woodland at the end of the summer. As it is happy in part shade, it’s doing its thing in the woodland when everybody else is retreating into Autumn.


Want to see these plants in person? Our Organic Garden is open to visitors, book your tickets here.

Find out more about our organic RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden at our RHS Chelsea Flower Hub.

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