Different sorts of salad leaves are becoming very popular instead of just having
lettuce leaves with our salads. Many of these salad leaves bring different tastes,
colours and textures to the plate. Several seed catalogues have packets of mixed
varieties of salad leaves for you to grow and pick individual leaves as they reach
a suitable size.
Basil. Normally used as a herb flavouring, but also used as a salad leaf to provide
a wonderful aroma. Best grown in a greenhouse.
Mustard oriental leaves. If you like a peppery taste, you will like the different
types of Mustard leaves. Some of the varieties are Red Giant, Red Feather, Green
frills, Pizzo. Red giant is a large, vigorous plant which quickly goes to seed. Therefore,
use successive sowings.
Rocket. Another leaf with a sharp, peppery taste. There are several different sizes
and shapes of Rocket leaves. Most varieties have serrated leaves but some have rounded
leaves. As most varieties quickly run to seed, it is best to make successive sowings.
Wild rocket can over-winter with some cloche protection.
Sorrel. If you like a sharp, bitter taste then you will like Sorrel. It is a perennial
and will benefit from a bit of cloche protection in the Winter. Red Veined Sorrel
is very attractive.
Flowers for Eating and Decoration.
Borage flowers. The vibrant blue, sometimes pink, flowers can be used as decoration.
Chive Flowers make attractive decoration for salads.
Lavender flowers add both colour and aroma to a salad.