Lavender is trending TEXT Alice Spenser-Higgs All the trends for 2018 point to lavender. Purple is the ‘new colour of health’, as well as the choice of Pantone’s trendsetters. Foodies flirting with ‘botanical’ flavours are experimenting with lavender lattes, and the world-wide focus on wellness underscores lavender’s pre-eminent position as one of the best natural […]
Make your own fragrance The allure of lavender is its aromatic yet fruity fragrance that always lifts the spirits. The first recorded use of lavender was as a perfume over 2500 year ago, and it has been used in that way ever since. MOIST LAVENDER POTPOURRI To make a lasting lavender fragrance, try this recipe: […]
Lavender If you plant just one herb, it should be lavender, for no other herb combines so many qualities in one plant. Its beauty and fragrance are self-evident, it is a significant healing and tonic herb, it has a myriad of culinary, beauty and household uses, and can play a role as a pest-repelling plant […]
English lavender No cottage garden can be complete without copious amounts of Lavender sprawling about the place. The aromatic grey foliage is the perfect complement to all the pretty flowers that abound in the cottage garden. The lavender flowers themselves add interest to the garden; the stately, wiry, stems are topped with fragrant flower spikes. […]
Companion Planting for Pest Control: Companion planting has a long tradition in organic gardening practice. The principle behind companion planting is that certain plants either enhance each other’s growth or help control pests when planted close together. There are also plants that enrich the soil. In addition, companion planting increases bio-diversity in our gardens, by […]
Rough Lemon is one of the hardiest types. It can grow into quite a large tree. The lemons, which ripen in June, are medium-sized, with a thick rough peel.
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.
Blue Rain Perovskias are often underestimated in terms of the great value that they can add to the garden. They belong to the same family (Lamiaceae or Labiatae) as lavender and rosemary and being of similar looks and stature can be used as substitutes for these. Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Rain’ is an easy-to-grow, no fuss, […]
Lavender Their fragrance and range of flower colours, from lilac to deep purple, pink and blue, make lavender irresistible to most gardeners, while many pesky insects, including aphids, are repelled by the aromatic perfume that characterises these plants. This insect-repelling ability means that lavender is a perfect companion for ‘juicier’ plants, such as vegetables, herbs […]
Grey French Lavender No list of grey-foliaged plants would be complete without the inclusion of lavenders, most of which have varying degrees of grey-hued leaves. The narrow, toothed leaves of this specific selection are attractive in their own right and make for a top class foliage plant. Add to that their strong aromatic properties and […]