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.
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
A prostrate form of Rosemary that has a ground-hugging habit. Pretty, clear blue flowers set against blue-green, aromatic foliage. Flowers through the summer and will attract bees to the garden. Extremely hardy, excellent for coastal planting and hot sunny positions. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10cm x 150cm
A popular, semi prostrate rosemary with upright curving branches with deep violet blue flowers borne on dark green foliage throughout the summer. Prefers a full sun position that has good drainage. Can be used for culinary purposes and attracts bees to the garden. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 80cm
This rosemary is a culinary delight and has been especially selected for its fantastic flavour. Lovely to grow in the herb or ornamental garden in a warm sunny spot. Pretty blue flowers that attract bees. Honey, is that roast lamb I smell cooking? PVR.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 30cm
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A easy care and easy to grow Rosemary that is great for covering banks and draping over walls. Quite prostrate in habit so give it room to spread. Nice fresh green foliage and pretty blue flowers off and on all year but mostly in spring and autumn. Loves the sun and good drainage. Evergreen.
Though this Rosemary is mostly used for ornamental purposes it is still a culinary herb that can be used in cooking.
Colour: Blue Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 200cm
A fabulous new version of an old favourite. An upright Rosemary that grows into a pillar or column. Softest blue, large flowers appear from April through to October with the main flowering in September. Loves a well drained sunny position. Clips well. Evergreen.
Colour: Blue Habit: Columnar Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 0.5m
'Tuscan Blue' is a form of the upright Rosmarinus officinalis selected for the dark blue flowers which appear on and off for most of the year. Happiest in the sun with good drainage. Tolerant of cold and coastal conditions. Trim regularly to keep compact and encourage new growth. Evergreen.
This Rosemary can be used for culinary purposes, mmmm is that Roast Lamb I smell cooking? Also makes a great hedge or background shrub.
Colour: Blue Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m
The common name for this garden Thyme is Woolly Thyme which relates to the tiny, hairy, grey leaves which form a dense carpet. While not suitable for culinary purposes it is very useful as a ground-cover or for draping over walls and banks. Evergreen.
Colour: Pink Habit: Ground-cover Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5cm x spreading
This pretty little Thyme is usually grown more as an ornamental than a herb because of its attractive, dainty, silver-green leaves that are edged with white. Lilac flowers in summer. Highly aromatic. Plant in sunny well drained spot. Evergreen.
Colour: Mauve Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 60cm