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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.

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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

Artichoke Imperial Star

Current Stock Height: 0/5 cm  ? 

Container: tube  ? 

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A mixed selection of highly ornamental form of Sweet Basil which is great for summer salads. Lush foliage with full of flavour and fragrance. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and protect from frost. Pinch back to a new growth point as you harvest the leaves to encourage re-growth. Annual.

 

Basil Gourmet Blend

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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.

 

Basil Red Freddy

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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.

 

Colour: White

Basil Spicy Globe

Current Stock Height: 10 cm

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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

Basil Sweet Genovese

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Thai basil is sturdy and compact, has shiny green, slightly serrated, narrow leaves with a sweet, anise-like scent and hints of licorice, along with a slight spiciness lacking in sweet basil. Thai basil has a purple stem, and like other plants in the mint family, the stem is square. Perennial

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Spreading

Basil Thai

Current Stock Height: 10/20 cm  ? 

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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.

 

Colour: Blue

Borage

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

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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.

 

Chilli Cayenne

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Compact bush to 1m, tapered fruit to 40mm, green changing to red useful for hot chilli vinegar, best harvested when red, suitable for drying. Protect from frost. Perennial

 

Chilli Thai Hot

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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

Chives Garlic

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This variety of Chives is a vigorous grower with good disease resistance. Nice broad leaves that can be chopped up to add to summer salads etc. Will form a good clump in the vege patch or can be grown in a pot. Prefers the sun and good drainage. Perennial.

 

Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 45cm x multiplies

Chives Onion

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

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Highly aromatic Herb that is popular for adding a pungent flavour to Chinese, Thai and Mexican cuisine. This variety is very slow to bolt ( hence the name) and can be grown in a pot or the garden. Likes the sun and fertile soil to do well. Annual.

 

Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 15cm

Coriander

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

Container: 10cm  ? 

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This culinary herb is particularly popular for adding flavour to fish dishes and pickles. Both the foliage and seeds can be used. The foliage has a mild aniseed flavour. Grow in a sunny spot with nice humus rich soil. Annual.

 

Colour: Yellow
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 30cm

Dill

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

Container: 10cm  ? 

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A gourmet bulb Fennel with big white bulbs that are not too fibrous and have a delicious, mild, aniseed flavour. The bulb can be eaten raw or cooked and the foliage can be finely chopped and used as a garnish. Likes the sun and fertile, well drained soil. Perennial.

 

Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm

Florence Fennel Milano

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

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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" 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.

 

Gotu Kola

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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.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Clumping

Lemon Balm

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

Container: tube  ? 

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Fragrant swaying grass that will add texture and movement as well as contrast among more compact plants. Used in cooking and for making tea. Ideal container plant or in a border or garden bed.

The oil is antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral. Also used as an antidepressant, to soothe aches and pains, to relieve stress. If drunk before bed will induce sleep. Effective for headaches and respiratory problems. Pour boiling water over sliced leaves and steep for 5 minutes for Lemongrass tea. Sweeten as desired. Can be dried for tea, potpourri or cooking.

 

Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 120cm

Lemongrass

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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.

 

Colour: Yellow

Lovage

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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

Marjoram Acorn Bank

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Country Cream is a hardy, bushy perennial, which although aromatic and can be used in Italian, Greek, Mexican dishes, is mostly used for ornamental purposes. Loves a sunny spot in rich well drained soil. It forms a dense mat and a small pink flower. Trim back regularly to maintain shape and vigour.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 30cm x 40cm

Marjoram Country Cream

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Sweet marjoram is widely used as a flavouring for salad dressings, vegetables, legumes and oils. The flavour resembles a blend of thyme, rosemary and sage.

 

Colour: Pink

Marjoram Pot

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There are several forms of Garden Mint, the true variety being of bold, upright growth, with fairly large and broad leaves, pointed and sharply serrated (or toothed) at the edges and of a rich, bright, green colour.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Creeping

Mint Common

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A hardy perennial that is the Basil you have when you don’t have any Basil. Spreads easily so container planting may be a good option.

Add late in the cooking as the mint aroma fades quickly. Finely chop leaves and use them in salad dressings, marinades and sauces. Add to salads and vegetables for an exotic flavour. Tastes a lot like Sweet Basil so partners well with similar strong flavoured herbs.

 

Colour: Purple
Habit: Spreads

Mint Basil

Current Stock Height: 10/15 cm  ? 

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Best grown in rich, moist soils in full sun to part shade. Adapts to a wide range of soils except dry ones. Large plantings may be sheared after bloom to remove flower spikes and stimulate new vegetative growth. Soil barriers may be used to restrain spread if plants are grown in borders or other areas where spread is unwanted.

 

Colour: Mauve
Habit: Spreading

Mint Chocolate

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Also known as Vietnamese coriander, Cambodian mint and laksa Leaf this has to be my favourite Asian herb. Native to peninsular South-East Asia this is a perennial herb, which has striking pointed leaves, lime green in colour with dark inner markings. With purple stems the whole plant evokes a wonderfully strong citrus aroma with a taste to match.

 

Habit: Spreading

Mint Vietnamese

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

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A useful and attractive perennial with grey/green foliage and pretty sprays of mauve blue flowers that appear from spring right through to autumn. Useful as an edging for flower beds. Loves a sunny position and a good haircut every now and then. Hardy, evergreen and yes cats love it!

 

Colour: Mauve / Blue
Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x spreads

Nepeta Catmint

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Herb. A highly ornamental and delicious herb that is an essential ingredient in Italian style cuisine. A must have on top of Pizza. Mainly used dry. Plant in a sunny well drained spot and give it a good haircut every now and then. Perennial.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Sprawling
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x spreads

Oregano Common

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True Greek oregano is the superior, true culinary type of oregano prized by Italian and Greek chefs. It is highly aromatic and flavorful, combining superbly with fresh tomatoes or tomato sauces, egg and cheese combinations such as omelets and quiche, marinated vegetables, meat, fish and poultry. A good container variety.

 

Colour: Mauve

Oregano True Greek

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I can't do without this wonderful Parsley in my vege patch. Large flat leaves that are full of flavour and highly decorative. A lovely garnish and great in a variety of soups, casseroles etc. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained soil. Fertilize every now and then and harvest regularly. Evergreen.

 

Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 30cm

Parsley Italian Plain Leaf

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Ever popular Parsley is probably the most widely used Herb world wide. Full of iron and excellent for eating fresh or dried. Goes with just about everything. Plant in sun or part shade in well drained soil. Give it a little bit of fertilizer every now and then and harvest regularly. Evergreen.

 

Habit: Clump forming
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 50cm x 30cm

Parsley Triple Curled

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Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint. The plant, indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world. It is found wild occasionally with its parent species.

Peppermint is assertive enough to stand up to strong flavours, so it's ideal for chocolate desserts and boldly flavoured dishes.

 

Peppermint

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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

Rosmarinus Blue Lagoon

Current Stock Height: 15/20 cm  ? 

Container: 2.5l  ? 

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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

Rosmarinus Chef's Choice

Current Stock Height: 10/15cm  ? 

Container: 1l  ? 

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A prostrate Rosemary that can be used as a ground-cover in a sunny well drained spot. Soft grey/green aromatic foliage and little blue flowers from spring through to autumn. Can be used for culinary purposes. Protect from harsh frost. Evergreen.

Rosemary is the traditional herb for remembrance and is a lovely garden plant as well as a useful culinary herb and let's face it no lamb roast is complete without it.

 

Colour: Blue
Habit: Ground-cover
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 14cm x 50cm

Rosmarinus Lavendulaceus

Current Stock Height: 5/10 cm  ? 

Container: 1.3l  ? 

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Rosemary. A classic culinary herb suitable for use in all manner of dishes but especially with lamb. Attractive aromatic foliage and pretty blue flowers that appear mostly in summer. Use as a herb, ornamental shrub or for hedging. Prefers the sun and good drainage. Bees love it. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Blue
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m

Rosemary Officinalis

Current Stock Height: 15/30 cm  ? 

Container: 12.5l  ? 

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Rosemary Officinalis

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Prostrate ground cover with light blue flowers and aromatic foliage. Ideal for hot, dry areas. Very hardy and fast growing. Excellent for banks and rockeries.

 

Colour: Blue

Rosemary Spreading

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'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

Rosmarinus Tuscan Blue

Current Stock Height: 15 cm

Container: 1.3l  ? 

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