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Rhubarb in flower borders

NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134
Obviously it will be impossible to get a picture at the moment considering the Rhubarb is only just appearing, 
but has anyone’s any pictures of their gardens with Rhubarb in their flower beds? 

I have a new flower bed which I’m dedicating to Deep reds/ yellows, with some long grasses (currently a Phesants tail grass and a Black Phormium) in there, I have a purpley heuchera, some heathers, (there will be plenty more eventually)
I have 3 Rhubarb plants to get in the garden somewhere which I started last year, and just thought the red of rhubarb would look fab next to them all, but worried the leaves will just stick out like a sore thumb.

so had any one any inspiration for me?  rhubarb in amongst your flower beds 😃 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,981
    Rhubarb will grow very large if it is in the conditions it likes ... it is a good large foliage plant if you want impact ... but it
    does need space ... this is my four year old plant

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • NotyalcaNotyalca Posts: 134
    Wow that’s huge!  Mine are still very small as only in first year so I might have to reconsider when they get larger.   I can always thin it out by removing some of the stems?

    Am I right in thinking it can only be eaten as of year 3? 
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,717
    edited March 2018

    Ok this isn't a flower bed, but again the size of the plant is huge, Jess is a collie X lab for scale there, that rhubarb has been there for two years, in this photo, it was dug up from another area under trees and put there, I have no idea how old it actually is, at least 10 probably 20 or 30 years, but we moved it in only a normal bucket, so you can see how much it has grown in two years.  The spread here is over 2m in all directions. and it had been picked. the photo was taken in Spring it made it even bigger than that!
  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    Wow your Rhubarb looks very well established, mine it small and in recovery mode after grandkids harvested everyleaf last year..
  • LG_LG_ Posts: 4,247
    edited March 2018
    Oh my goodness. I have three (only wanted one but the variety I wanted was easiest to get in a pack of three). This is year two (didn't eat any last year). We'll have to do a taste test this year and lose two if these pics are anything to go by.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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