August 14, 2020 9:42 am Published by

Its name is derived from the Celtic term for courage, and as early as the life of Roman naturalist andRead More...


August 13, 2020 12:18 pm Published by

A favourite in the ornamental garden, nasturtiums also have a host of culinary and ornamental uses. Flowers are often onlyRead More...


April 2, 2020 9:41 am Published by

Oregano is a flavourful herb that is used extensively in Mediterranean cuisine, especially Italian and Greek food.  Why grow it?Read More...


December 10, 2018 8:00 am Published by

Also known as Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica is believed to have originated in India. The name ‘turmeric’ is thought toRead More...


February 5, 2018 10:36 am Published by

Sage Winter is generally a difficult time for growing herbs, but one herb that is certainly worth nursing through thisRead More...


Noble Bay

January 29, 2018 11:53 am Published by

Bay, the noblest of leaves It may come as a surprise, but sweet bay (Laurus nobilis) has a long associationRead More...



January 29, 2018 11:21 am Published by

Lavender If you plant just one herb, it should be lavender, for no other herb combines so many qualities inRead More...


Dilly for Dill

January 29, 2018 10:35 am Published by

Dilly for Dill With its feathery, blue-green leaves and clusters of yellow flowers in summer, dill (Anethum graveolens) is anRead More...



January 29, 2018 9:20 am Published by

Calendula In winter, Calendula Officinalis rubs shoulders with pansies, petunias and violas on the seedling rack in garden centres. That’sRead More...



January 26, 2018 3:34 pm Published by

Myrtle What comes to mind at the mention of myrtle? Topiary, or hedging, or maybe a sprig in a bride’sRead More...



January 26, 2018 2:44 pm Published by

Coriander Whether you know it as coriander, cilantro, dahnia or Chinese parsley, Coriandrum sativum is commonly used by cooks acrossRead More...



January 25, 2018 1:59 pm Published by

Garlic Planting garlic • Garlic grows best if planted in full sun, in soil that drains well and has beenRead More...



January 15, 2018 2:52 pm Published by

The Gourmet Herb Artichoke As a vegetable, globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are considered a gourmet delicacy. As a garden plant,Read More...

Basil A-Z

January 15, 2018 12:52 pm Published by

Basil A-Z Sweet basil is the basil that everyone knows, with large, soft green leaves and sprays of white flowers.Read More...


Foeniculum Vulgare

December 19, 2017 10:27 am Published by

Perennial Fennel, Bronze Fennel Foeniculum vulgare Foeniculum vulgare is a beautiful garden herb that grows into a stately two-metre highRead More...

Sowing Guide for December

November 2, 2017 7:05 am Published by

Leaf vegetables: spinach, rocket Root vegetables: beetroot (cooler areas) Legumes: bush and runner beans Brassicas: broccoli (first sowing for coolerRead More...


August 17, 2015 8:31 am Published by

Lavender Their fragrance and range of flower colours, from lilac to deep purple, pink and blue, make lavender irresistible toRead More...