Horseradish is a clump-forming perennial with a deep, fleshy taproot and bright green oblong leaves and white flowers in spring. It needs full sun and regular watering. It prefers moist soil but will grow in most conditions. Once established it grows vigorously, dies back in winter, but produces new growth in spring. The leaves and […]
Sage Winter is generally a difficult time for growing herbs, but one herb that is certainly worth nursing through this season is sage – SALVIA officinalis – especially because it comes in so handy when one is suffering from the colds and influenzas that are prevalent in winter. The genus name ‘Salvia’ comes from salvare, […]
Perennial Basils Basil is regarded as the king of summer herbs – and that includes the perennial varieties which have as many uses as the ever-popular sweet basil. Being perennials, they not only provide a constant supply of fresh basil leaves all year round, but become established garden shrubs. The pink and white perennial […]
Myrtle What comes to mind at the mention of myrtle? Topiary, or hedging, or maybe a sprig in a bride’s bouquet? Myrtle is, in fact, one of our most ancient herbs, and was sacred to the Greek goddess Aphrodite and her equivalent Roman goddess Venus, as well as to Demeter, the goddess of the harvest […]
Tangerine Dreams Tangerines, manderins or naartjies. What you call them makes no real difference to the great value that these soft citrus fruits bring to the home garden. They’re attractive evergreen trees or large shrubs that are bathed in sweetly scented white blossoms in spring, which in turn produce delicious fruit that ripens from autumn […]
False Heather Formal gardens have been fashionable around the world since the times of early civilisations and still today they remain popular, especially with the resurgence of Tuscan and Victorian landscape styles. One of the key components of these formal designs is low, clipped hedges that edge the geometric patterns or shapes. These are […]
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher’ is a tamer garden hybrid compared to the ordinary abelia. This compact shrub with glossy foliage carries aromatic lilac-coloured flowers and only grows to 1 x 1 m.