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
Excellent culinary herb. This plant is so versatile. You can use it as a garden plant, inside pot plant, patio plant, container plant, flower garden plant, hanging basket plant and has pot pourri uses.
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
Borage is an old herb, known at least since Roman times. It is said that borage gladdens the heart. It can add colour and interest to any garden, and it has value in the kitchen as well. For the avid herb gardener, it's a must.
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.
Peppers (Capsicum annuum) are divided into two major groups -- sweet peppers and hot peppers. Sweet peppers have thick, juicy walls and a sweet flavor, while hot peppers have thinner walls and a spicy, pungent flavor. This flavor is caused by the alkaloid capsaicin, which is produced in the fruit's membranes. Botanically, there is no difference between jalapenos and chili peppers.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Rounded, compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 30cm
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