Compacta, dwarf myrtle, myrtle A well-known healing herb, MYRTUS communis, which is more often referred to simply as ‘Myrtle’, is an evergreen shrub of Eurasian origin. It was traditionally used in wedding bouquets and as a decorative finish to the bride’s hair. This aromatic plant produces small black berries that are used to add a […]
Tansy Tansy is an aromatic perennial that is evergreen and frost tolerant. With its grey-green, finely divided, ferny foliage and heads of yellow, button-like flowers, it makes an attractive garden plant. The best position for tansy is in full sun. Plant it in well-composted soil that drains well, and provide ample space for it in […]
Mexican bush sage If you have a soft spot for graceful arching stems that are powdery white, and willow-like leaves with silvery-white woolly undersides, all on a windswept wild-looking shrub, then S. leucantha, the Mexican bush sage, is the best sage for you. First one falls in love with this herbaceous shrub when the new […]
Tuscan Blue Rosemary 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 […]
Rosemary There are many legends and stories about magic and romance that involve the herb rosemary, and claims are even made that regular use improves the memory. However, we are going to forego a discussion of its fascinating medicinal properties and delicious culinary qualities (and here our thoughts stray to roast leg of lamb), because […]
Herbs are an organic gardener’s best resource, especially when it comes to preparing the garden for summer. Quite a number of herbs are a valuable source of nutrition for the soil, helping to improve its quality, others act as insect repellents or as trap crops.
Borage This annual herb is equally at home in the herb, veggie or cottage-style garden. The plant forms a basal platform of large, rough, hairy leaves from which many flower stems up to 60cm tall emerge, carrying cymes of starry, five-petalled flowers. The individual flowers are clear, sky-blue with a white and black centre. The […]