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  Herbs
Grow Your Own
 

Herbs are easy to grow, they also look and smell fantastic. They are mainly grown for their culinary purposes, or to add fragrance to your borders.

By growing your own herbs in a window box, or pot by the back door, you've got instant access to a fresh cutting for your salads or roast dinners.

Grown on our nurseries we can offer over 50 varieties of herbs for your garden.

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Alpine strawberry

Alpine Strawberry

A creeping perennial with white flowers and delicious small fruit. Good ground cover plant. Small scarlet berries with a stronger flavour than the cultivated variety. Prefers moist soil, in full sun or shade. Height and spread 15-30cm.

Artichoke Globe

Artichoke Globe

Large, rounded flower heads with purple blossom are displayed in summer above a clump of silver foliage. When in bud the flowers of globe artichokes can be used as a vegetable. Full sun. Height and spread 180cm x120cm.

Balm Lemon

Balm Lemon All Gold

Very fragrant, heavily lemon scented perennial, also known as Sweet Balm. Adds flavour to stuffings, jams, fruit salads , vegetable salads and fruit drinks.

Balm lemon variegated

Balm Lemon Variegated

A very fragrant, heavily lemon scented, perennial with green and yellow variegated foliage. Plant in a sunny position. Adds flavour to stuffings, jams, salads and fruit drinks. Height approx up to 60cm.

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Basil Sweet

Highly aromatic herb with bright green leaves, can be finely chopped & used in pasta dishes or in tomato, egg or salad dishes. Plant in a sunny sheltered area.

Basil Dark Purple

Basil Dark Purple

Notice the thinnest outline of green around the matte purple leaves. The leaves are flat and open compared to many other varieties. This makes it a good choice for adding to sandwiches, where it behaves itself in its layer.

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Borage

Use flowers and young leaves in green salads, vegetable soups, pickle and fruit cups. Caution: Foliage can cause skin irritation. Blooms are blue, star-shaped and borne in summer. Height approx 90cm (3ft).

Cardoon

Cardoon Large

thistle-like, purple-mauve flowers on stout, tall stems rising out of clumps of arching, jagged silvery leaves. Attractive seed heads. Used for architectural effect or as a focal point. Height and spread 180-90cm.

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Caraway

Distinctive green feathery leaves with small white flowers, normally grown for its seed. Used in baking bread and cakes. Adds flavour to pork, cabbage and cauliflower. Grow in full sun in well-drained soil. Height approx 90cm (3ft).

Celery Leaf

Celery Leaf

The leaves and seeds may both be used in soups, stews, sauces and stuffings. Well flavoured dark green leaves.

Chervil

Chervil

An attractive fern-like plant with white flowers and fragrant leaves. Used in French 'Fines Herbs', adds flavour to meats like pork and beef. Also good with egg and cheese. Height approx up to 45cm (18in).

Chicory

Chicory

Tall, clump-forming perennial displaying clusters of dandelion like flowers of sky blue during summer. Chicory leaves are used in salads or may be cooked as a vegetable.

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Chives Garlic

A perennial with sheaths of coarse, flattened leaves growing from a rhizome to a height of 50cm. Star shaped white flowers appear in late summer. Culinary uses are as Chives, for example salads, sauces and soups.

Cotton Thistle

Cotton Thistle

A hardy biennial, growing on a strong taproot. Leaves have a striking cobweb effect pattern of white veins with purple thistle head flowers. Young stems can be boiled as a vegetable. Treated as a herb garden ornamental.

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