Herbs, in most cases, are tough wild plants which when spoilt by the lush conditions of a garden, will thrive and romp away. It's a myth that all herbs like full sun, even good old basil likes partial shade at midday. So when planting your garden, you can divide your plants into two sections, those like Thyme, Sage, Rosemary, French Tarragon and Oregano that like full sun and those that like partial shade, such as Rocket, Sorrel, Mizuna, Mustard, Parsley and Chervil. 

When growing herbs in containers, use a soil based compost, such as John Innes potting compost, this is because there are very few herbs that grow in peat and a soil-based compost retains moisture which is a must to stop containers drying out. Water containers in the morning rather than evening - this gives the plants a chance if the temperatures are hot during the day, especially for containers grown in full sun. Feed container plants weekly from March to September using a proprietary feed. This keeps the plants healthy and helps them produce leaves, especially on 'cut and come again' salads.

  • Achillea ageratum English Mace 9cm pot

    Mace. A spreading aromatic perennial with grey-white leaves. Yellowish white loose flowerheads produced in summer. Height 60cm. Spread 60cm. Fresh green foliage and pretty white flowers. Good in pots or in a bed.

  • Allium schoenoprasum 9cm pot

    Chives. Aromatic-perennial with green leaves. Dense umbels of bell-shaped bright pink flowers. Grown for its edible hollow dark green leaves. Height 60cm. Spread 8cm. Flowers from May to July. Deciduous. Hardy.

  • Artemesia drancunculus Pfefferkorn - French Tarragon 9cm pot

    Perennial bushy herb belonging to the daisy family, native to the Old World. It grows up to 1.5m/5ft tall and has narrow leaves and small green-white flower heads arranged in groups. Tarragon contains an aromatic oil as leaves are used to flavour salads, pickles and tartar sauce, anise flavour.

  • Balm All Gold 9cm pot

    Sweet lemon scented with striking golden-yellow foliage and discrete flowers attractive to bees.

  • Balm Variegated 9cm pot

    Green and yellow variegated foliage with a wonderful lemon fragrance. Ideal Conditions: Ideal for any conditions, but with free draining soil or compost. Possible Situation: Suitable for herb bowls, pots, baskets, herb gardens and rockeries.

  • Basil African Blue 9cm pot

    A large, bushy, energetic planta stunning ornamental. New leaves are heavily brushed with purple, which fades in time to a deep bright green with purple veining. The undersides are a reddish purple. Stems are slightly hairy and suffused with violet. It produces purple blushed flower spikes.

  • Basil Bush 9cm pot

    Small leaved variety with leaves roughly half the size of sweet basil. Used chiefly for seasoning - flavour increases on cooking. Height 40 - 60 cm. Annual. Used as companion plant to grow alongside tomatoes to repel insects and aid growth.

  • Basil Greek 9cm pot

    Compact strain with tiny leaves and strong flavour. Height 25 - 30 cm. Annual.

  • Basil Green Sensation 9cm pot

    Small leaved variety with leaves roughly half the size of sweet basil. Used chiefly for seasoning – flavour increases on cooking. Height 40 – 60 cm. Annual. Used as companion plant to grow alongside tomatoes to repel insects and aid growth.

  • Basil Lemon 9cm pot

    Attractive, lemon scented plant with medium sized foliage and pink flowers. Adds a citrus flavour to salads, soups and fish dishes. Annual.

  • Basil Red 9cm pot

    A good quality vigorous red Genovese type Basil. Excellent flavour, with good leaf shape and colour.

  • Basil Sweet Genovese 9cm pot

    Large shiny green leaves used for making pesto, flavouring soups and fruit preserves. Height 35 - 40 cm. Annual.

  • Borage 9cm pot

    Bushy plant with large bristly hairy leaves. Attractive to bees, very useful for beekeepers. Used for flavouring cordials. Sprinkle flowers over salads. Ht 30 - 50 cm. Annual.

  • Bulbine frutescens Medicus 9cm pot

    It is a fast growing, branched, succulent perennial with fleshy, linear green leaves in opposite rows and clasping the stems at the base. It forms spreading clumps with greyish stems often bearing adventitious roots. The small 6-petaled star shaped flowers are carried on an upright, spreading raceme during spring (or occasionally at other times). The petals are either yellow or sometimes orange, which combines attractively with the fluffy yellow stamens to give a bi-coloured look. The fruit is a small, rounded capsule and contains black seeds which are dispersed by wind. When cutting or breaking a leaf a viscous jelly leaks which is said to have a certain healing effect on wounds, skin infections, eczemas, burning and herpes. This is why it is also often called 'Burn Jelly Plant'. Due to its anti-bacterial agents it is the 'first-aid' plant for children and adults with minor scratches. You can either crop a leaf from the plant and spread the leaking jelly on to the skin or take a longer leaf, part it crosswise, cut the edges and lay it on the wound tying it with a bandage.

  • Caraway 9cm pot

    Leaves have a parsley-dill flavour and can used in soups and salads. Seeds flavour cakes, breads, cheeses, sweets and sauces. Roots can be cooked and served as a vegetable. Height 30 - 60cm. Biennial.

  • Catnip 9cm pot

    Perennial herb also known as Catmint. Greyish plant with whitish purple flowers. Ht 50 - 80 cm. Leaves have mint-like smell and are used fresh or dry in tea and cat toys.

  • Chamomile Treneague 9cm pot

    An excellent carpet-forming evergreen perennial also known as Chamomile 'Lawn'. Plant in the border or in stone free soil within rock gardens. Often planted near paths to release aroma when you brush past.

  • Chervil Curled 9cm pot

    Fine cut dark green leaves can be used a a superior (finer flavour) substitute for parsley. Used for flavouring soups, salads, omelettes and sauces. Height 20 - 40cm. Annual.

  • Chinese Celery Kintsai 9cm pot

    Vivid green leaves and stalks with a distinctive celery flavour and aroma. Fast to mature. Use raw in salads or lightly cooked in stir frys and other chinese style meals.

  • Chives - Garlic 9cm pot

    Pleasant mild garlic flavoured foliage used for flavouring salads, soups, eggs and omelettes. Leaves are broader than normal chives. The small white flowers are also edible. Perennial.

  • Chives 9cm pot

    Onion flavoured foliage used for flavouring salads, soups, eggs and omelettes. Height 25 - 35 cm. Perennial.

  • Chives Polystar 9cm pot

    Onion flavoured foliage used for flavouring salads, soups, eggs and omelettes. Height 25 - 35 cm. Perennial. Fast growing variety.

  • Coriander 9cm pot

    Long established popular herb. Leaves used to flavour soups, salads, curries and Middle Eastern dishes. Height 30 - 50 cm. Annual.

  • Coriander Vietnamese 9cm pot

    Culinary - leaves used to flavour salads, curries and Middle Eastern dishes. Aromatic - prized in perfumery. Medicinal - aids digestive problems and painful joins.

  • Dill Diana 9cm pot

    A compact upright and stable variety of Dill. Very leafy with attractive dark green colour. Especially robust against bolting. Used for flavouring fish and chicken dishes. Height 30 - 45 cm. Annual.

  • Fennel Bronze 3L pot

    Erect growing plant with dark bronze-purple foliage. Fern-like leaves of aniseed flavour used for flavouring oily fish. Attractive plant for herbaceous borders.

  • Fennel Bronze 9cm pot

    Erect growing plant with dark bronze-purple foliage. Fern-like leaves of aniseed flavour used for flavouring oily fish. Attractive plant for herbaceous borders.

  • Fennel Common 9cm pot

    Erect growing plant with dark green foliage. Fern-like leaves of aniseed flavour used for flavouring oily fish such as mackerel or herring. Bulbs used raw in salads or cooked as a vegetable. Perennial.

  • Galium odoratum Woodruff Sterntaler 9cm pot

    A vigorous, mat-forming perennial with erect stems bearing whorls of lance-shaped, bright green leaves and clusters of small, star-shaped, white flower from late spring into summer. It is harvested at early flowering and quickly dried in the shade. It has a strong calming effect and helps in intestinal pain from flatulence, cramps and kidney stones. Most, however, used to treat insomnia, overwork and palpitations. When fresh it can be added in small amounts to fresh food and beverages.

  • Helichrysum angustifolium 9cm pot

    A bushy evergreen subshrub with woolly stems and narrow silver-grey to yellowish green leaves. Dark yellow flowerheads from summer to autumn. Height 60cm. Spread 1m. Flowers from June to September. Evergreen. Frost hardy. Protect from winter wet.

  • Helichrysum italicum Compact Curry 9cm pot

    A bushy evergreen subshrub with woolly stems and narrow silver-grey to yellowish green leaves. Dark yellow flowerheads from summer to autumn. Height 20 - 30cm. Flowers from June to September. Evergreen. Frost hardy. Protect from winter wet.

  • Helichrysum White Wonder 9cm pot

    The silvery foliage and yellow flowers make this intensely aromatic plant a real head turner. Prefers full sun with free-draining soil or compost.

  • Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) 9cm pot

    Aromatic bushy plant with small leaves and blue flowers. Ht 55cm Good for encouraging bees in the garden and vegetable plot.

  • Lemon Grass 9cm pot

    East Indian strain. Grow as a tender perennial. Height 20 - 30 cm. Used for flavouring and scents.

  • Levisticum officinalis 9cm pot

    Lovage. Yellow flowers with dark leaves. Perennial. Used for flavouring soups, casseroles and root vegetables.

  • Lippia citriodora Limoncello 9cm pot

    'Lemon Verbena' is grown for its strongly lemon-scented foliage. This deciduous shrub can be grown in a sunny border, or in frost-prone areas against a warm wall. Alternatively can be grown in a cool greenhouse. Leaves can be used in pot-pourri, herb tea or in cooking. Soil conditions should be well-drained, poor, on the dry side and in full sun. Mulch in the autumn to protect the roots.

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