Plot plants ~ Fennel

Surprisingly I’m fairly sure that I’ve not mentioned fennel before.

I think that plot neighbour George gave me a couple of plants last year which I planted near the rosemary that is in the stone feature.

It’s an imposing looking perennial that is around six tall. In the summer it had lots of blue-green feathery foliage and yellow flowers. The aniseed flavour is pronounced and even I can smell it. I grow it for decorative purposes as it adds height and interest, and because the flowers are a magnet for beneficial insects.

These photos, taken yesterday, show that the plants still have to die back for the winter, and even have some new growth.

Have a good weekend!

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I have finally got round to doing a Plot plants page listing all these occasional posts, in date order, which shows as a link at the top of this page under the header picture.


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20 Responses to Plot plants ~ Fennel

  1. I always think Fennel is a lovely addition to the garden – I tried to move mine last year as it had grown so large and it died, so I really must plant some more.

  2. Betty says:

    Fennel is very popular in Sicily where my husband comes from, they sell it piled high at the street markets. I really must grow some next year. Did you grow yours from seed Flighty? If so, when is the best time to sow?

    • Flighty says:

      Betty I think that’s where George is from as well. I think that you should! No, as I wrote, I was given a couple of plants. According to my books the seed should be sown in the spring. xx

  3. Jo says:

    I’ve never grown fennel, it’s too big for my garden, but it could be a welcome addition to the allotment if it attracts beneficial insects. We still haven’t had a frost and lots of plants are putting on new growth when they should be having a rest.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo it needs a bit of space that’s for sure , which I’m you can find on the plot. Same here although there been a couple of frosty nights this week. xx

  4. wellywoman says:

    My neighbour’s plot has a big clump of fennel which is looking particularly beautiful at the moment with its dried seed heads. I don’t grow any on my plot but I did have Dill which the insects loved and I used as cut flowers and the leaves are loved chopped up into a potato salad. Have a good weekend, Flighty.

  5. Ah yes! Fennel! Lovely plant, lovely taste. I have fennel too and I was unsure whether to cut this year’s branches down or what to do. Lots of new growth at the base (like yours) and a few seed heads to collect. I use the crushed seeds in my home-made tomato sauce (not ketchup!), they add a depth but don’t overpower the other flavours. Lovely with pasta! Wishing a good weekend for us all, Caro xx

  6. Even this far north my fennel is sprouting new foliage at the base, and where I cut some stems back to about 12ins high it has new flower shoots. I don’t cut it back as I love to see the seed heads frosted.

  7. Donna says:

    I’m a beggar for buying fennel bulbs and then letting them go off while I work out what to cook with them!!

  8. nikkipolani says:

    I love that you get to share plants with plot neighbors 🙂

  9. I hate aniseed, so I have always put off planting fennel, thought it is a beautiful plant. Now, though, because I cook so much Indian food, which frequently demands fennel seeds, I think I need to grow my own and become self sufficient on the seed front. Plus the birds will like it. Just have to find my next garden…

    • Flighty says:

      Janet grow it for looks only as I do. I’m not too sure about the birds but insects like hoverflies like it. Good luck with the garden, and house, hunting. xx

  10. Liz says:

    There is fennel growing at the herb garden which my garden club tends and I have it in a bed with other tall plants– goldenrod, Joe pyeweed. It reseeds here easily, so there are always a few sprigs popping up in the spring, to pass along or pot up for the annual plant sale. I too, grow it for looks, not for eating!

    • Flighty says:

      Liz I took some pictures of the frosty seed heads on my current fennel plant yesterday. It’s a great plant to look at, and for wildlife. I’m always pulling up unwanted seedlings. xx

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