Herb or ‘erb, however you pronounce it, herbs are very useful plants, and are found in most gardens and kitchens all over the world. Herbs have a variety of uses - food, flavouring, medicine, fragrances, cosmetics and I some cases for spiritual care.
For most herbs, it’s leaf or flower, we use - either dried or fresh.
Herbs can be grown in pots, containers, and gardens, indoors or out. When growing herbs together in one container, select varieties with similar habits, for example chives, mint, chervil and coriander like plenty of water, whereas rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano prefer well-drained soil. Clipping back and regular picking will help control the rampant habit or some herbs, and promote a continuous supply.
An extra vigorous variety of Artichoke that produces high quality green 'globes' that should be harvested before the flowers begin to open. Plant in the sun, tolerant of most conditions but will produce better in a nice rich soil. Perennial.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m
Spicy Globe Basil is a delightful garden plant because of its very round, compact shape and tiny, flavourful leaves, roughly half the size of sweet basil. The hearty flavour makes it a good candidate for spicier Thai and Italian dishes, in sparing amounts.
Where would summer be without Basil to add fragrance and flavour to a multitude of dishes? Large shiny green leaves that taste great fresh - wonderful for Pesto. Leaves can be frozen for future use if you have an over-production. Loves the sun and good drainage. Protect from frost. Annual.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x 20cm
This slender Pepper has a mildly spicy flavor so that anyone can savour its flavour in comfort. Its bushy compact habit makes it a perfect choice for a container garden. The densely packed leaves provide cover from the late afternoon sun for the developing fruit. Described as an easy to grow choice for gardeners of all skill levels. Frost tender perennial.
This variety is popular in Texas where it used for sizzling hot sauces and savoury pickles. Attractive 6cm long fruit which are green turning red. Needs a warm sunny spot to do well.
Water and harvest regularly to encourage further production. Protect from frost. Perennial
The serrano pepper is a type of chili pepper that originated in the mountainous regions of the Mexican states of Puebla and Hidalgo. The name of the pepper is a reference to the mountains of these regions.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Flat leaves with a mild garlic flavour make these versatile Chives a useful Herb for a variety of dishes. A good substitute for those who find bulb garlic too strong. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Perennial.
Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x multiplies
For thousands of years, Gotu Kola has been used throughout parts of the world as a therapeutic plant. In China, it is referred to as "the fountain of life". Frost tender, perennial
Where stories are told of medicine men living to an old age of 200 by taking Gotu Kola. We love Gotu Kola because it has many applications and is known to promote blood circulation, improve brain function, to heal superficial wounds and has many wonderful benefits for your skin.
Lemon balm loses much of its flavor when dried, so it is a seasonal delight to be enjoyed while the weather is mild and the plant is green. However, enough of the fragrance remains when this herb is dried to make it a delightful addition to potpourri.
Like many other herbs, lemon balm can lose its flavor in cooking, so add it near the end of the cooking process. The fresh lemon fragrance and flavor go nicely with both chicken and fish dishes, as well as fruit and fruit juice drinks. Create your own herbal tea by cutting a few stems of lemon balm (plus any other appealing herbs), putting them in a pitcher, pour boiling water over them, and allow them to steep for about 15 minutes. Enjoy your tea hot or over ice.
This is a tall addition to the garden and often placed at the back of the border.
It is a good idea to start a new plant every few years. Lovage prefers a rich soil that retains moisture well. It likes full sun in cool climates or partial shade where summers are very hot.
Leaves and stems used as a savoury flavouring in salads, soups, stews etc, imparting a yeasty/celery flavour.
Originating from Acorn Bank, the National Trust garden in Cumbria, this golden marjoram has very long, pointed leaves. To achieve the full golden colour of this herb, plant it in semi shade. Full sun can produce pale leaves
Colour: Cream Habit: Clump forming Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15cm x 30cm