THE CUT

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GREEN UP YOUR GAFF

PLANT PORN: VETCH

4th July 2018

Words by Jessica Peace

Vetch, one of the sexiest members of the pea family (Fabaceae), you’ll be seeing these beauties on your summer strolls sprawling across verges and river beds - and if you go down to Todd Longstaffe-Gowan’s garden, ‘Battlefields to Butterflies’ at Hampton Court this week you’ll see the purple stuff everywhere.

RATING

Born to be WILD

THE DEETS

This one is wild mayyyn BUT you can buy yourself a pack of seeds, plug plants and even mats (!?) made of vetch for your own patch and pots.

Likes sun and is greedy for good, nutrient stuffed soil - likes a good drink too, think river bank.

WE LIKE

‘Hairy yellow vetch’ - for the name obvs and we LOVE ‘purple vetch’ for its luminous almost ultraviolet tones. Rave on.