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The Productive Gardens at Heligan have been restored to reflect the workings of a Victorian garden before the First World War. Heligan remains true to this period in the cropping plan, growing only heritage varieties and cultivating the soil by hand. The garden is fully productive throughout the year and there is a constant supply of produce ready for harvest.
The pears are grown espaliered along the boundary walls
These beans are being saved for seed.
The Artichokes in their final Summer flush.
Pumpkins ready for harvest.
Many different types of Kale
The garden planting plan.
Zinnias grown for companion planting. These old-time plants attract a wide range of beneficial pollinator insects, including endangered bumblebees; attract a number of song birds and hummingbirds, and zinnias are relatively easy to grow and maintain. Their usefulness goes beyond wildlife and the garden, they are also excellent cut flowers for the home or for sale.