Herbs have been grown for many thousands of years and used as remedies, preserving food, dyeing, as repellents, purifying the air and of course in cooking.
We have listed the Herb plants that we attempt to keep in stock but due to seasonal conditions, some may be temporarily unavailable. These lists are intended to be fairly comprehensive, however some other varieties are available on occasions and may not be listed below. Remember always seek advice from your medical professional before taking a plant for medicinal purposes.
Edible. A spreading perennial low growing plant reaching a height of 25cm. Frost hardy. Will provide a dense groundcover for a dry sunny spot. It has discreet pink flowers. Strong flavoured leaves combine the taste of oregano and thyme. Ideal for many Italian dishes including pizza, pasta and tomatoes.
'Thymus vulgaris 'silver posy''
Edible but mainly used for groundcover. A spreading perennial reaching a height of 20cm. Frost hardy. A neat groundcover for dry hot spots. It has a mild Common Thyme flavour and so can be used in the same dishes.
An edible perennial thyme reaching a height of 25cm. Frost hardy. In spring there are masses of mid pink flowers. Thrives in moist, well-drained soil in a sunny, open position. It has the common thyme flavour and therefore can be used in dishes where this flavour is wanted.
Edible but used for groundcover purposes. An evergreen, mat-forming perennial with small woolly grey-green leaves which are strongly scented when crushed. Small heads of rosy-pink flowers in summer. Useful in rockeries, borders and containers.
An evergreen shrub which reaches 2m in height and about 1m wide. Frost hardy. Used in gardens as a colour contrast as it has brilliant metallic silver foliage. It can be used as a hedge. These plants are very tolerant of summer droughts. Full sun is essential and in an open position with well-drained soil. A strong infusion of the leaves sprayed onto vegetables or ornamentals repels caterpillars and snails; just having the plants nearby will drive some pests away. Repels clothes moths. Prune regularly to keep its shape.
Medicinal uses: Different parts of different types of wormwood have various medicinal uses but do not take any of these herbs without the supervision of a trained herbalist.