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  1. Galium odoratum, known as Sweet Woodruff can be a valuable addition to the garden, particularly shaded gardens.

    Galium odoratum, 'Sweet Woodruff'

    Formerly known as Asperula odorata
    Native to Europe
    €2.70

    Out of stock

    An often forgotten herb, Galium odoratum can be a valuable addition to the garden, particularly shaded gardens. Soft green leaves are carried in whorls on stems and when its small white vanilla-scented flowers appear above this lush carpet in May and June, the effect is enchanting.

  2. Feverfew a garden favourite. White petals with yellow centres accent the green serrated leaves of this plant.
    €1.50

    Whether your interest lies in medicinal herbs or simply its decorative qualities, growing Feverfew can be a welcome addition to any garden or allotment. Feverfew is a good companion plant and a natural insect repellent. Ideal for planting around outdoor seating areas and pathways

  3. Feverfew, 'Aureum', Golden Feverfew
    €1.68

    Tanacetum parthenium 'Aureum', commonly called Golden Feverfew or Golden Feather, is a clump-forming, dwarf cultivar which typically grows only 20 to 30cm tall and features small daisy-like flowers and chartreuse aromatic foliage. It blooms profusely between July and October.

  4. Oenothera biennis provides a wonderful splash of summer colour in the garden from June until September.

    Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis, Organic

    Evening Primrose, Herb Primrose, King's cure-all
    Wildflower of Europe
    €2.10
    Oenothera biennis provides a wonderful splash of summer colour in the garden. Flowering begins in June and plants continue growing throughout the season so there is a constant succession until about September. In early summer the sweetly scented, bright yellow flowers open towards evening and are faintly phosphorescent.
  5. Known as Evening Primrose, in early summer the sweetly scented, bright yellow flowers open towards evening

    Evening Primrose, Oenothera biennis

    Evening Primrose, Herb Primrose, King's cure-all
    Wildflower of Europe
    €1.98

    Evening Primrose is a classic plant, with its beautiful yellow flowers is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. The whole plant is edible: leaves can be cooked as greens and the nutty-flavoured roots can be boiled and eaten like potatoes, parsnips, or salsify. The flowers make a lovely salad garnish.

  6. A highly ornamental plant often grown in gardens for its metallic bluish flowers and intensely whitish-glaucous leaves.

    Eryngium maritimum

    Seaside Eryngo, Sea Holly.
    Ancient Crop. Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    €2.70

    Out of stock

    Eryngium maritimum is an evergreen perennial plant native to Europe. Often found on sea shores, it is a protected species in many parts of the world. Highly ornamental, it is grown in gardens for its metallic bluish flowers and intensely whitish-glaucous leaves, it is very attractive to bees and butterflies.

  7. Many still regard dandelions as pests and only want to kill them. Italian, French and Greeks, however, prefer to eat them.

    Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

    Dandelion, Clockflower, Tell-The-Time, Blowball, Puffball, Priests Crown
    €1.14

    Dandelion is reviled by lawn manicurists yet, like Burdock, it is one of the most esteemed herbs in healing, the benefits are endless. The young raw leaves can be used in salads or cooked as a vegetable, the leaves contain more iron than spinach and are a excellent source of vitamins.

  8. Whether you are into the culinary arts or edible landscapes, you may want to put this plant at the top of your list.
    €2.34
    If you're an adventurous gardener, cook, or gastronome, then you'll want to grow cardoons. In summer, tall flower stems which are topped with large blue-violet blooms. A dramatic statement in the flower border and a flavour that is truly unique in the vegetable world. Organic Seeds.
  9. Whether you are into the culinary arts or edible landscapes, you may want to put this plant at the top of your list.
    Whether you are into the culinary arts or edible landscapes, you may want to put this plant at the top of your list. Chosen by the RHS as one of the top plants of the last 200 years, Cardoons are aristocrats in both the ornamental and the vegetable world.
  10. The seeds are oblong and longitudinally ridged, they have a rich aroma and high oil content that helps to add an earthy and warming feeling to recipes.

    Cumin, Cuminum cyminum

    Jira or Zi yar
    €1.74

    Cuminum Cyminum has a richness of history that gives it a special place in the world of spices. Cumin is globally popular and an essential flavouring in many cuisines. Easy to grow, this versatile spice makes a wonderful addition to any herb garden and does wonders in the kitchen.

  11. Somewhere between asparagus and seaweed in flavour, Rock Samphire has the thrill of a mermaid’s kiss.

    Crithmum maritimum ‘Rock Samphire’

    True Samphire, Sea Fennel
    €2.94

    For centuries, Samphire was food for the poor, free to those who picked it, usually ordinary people living by the sea. It is ironic that today it is regarded as a specialty food and is often served with an accompanying price tag. Somewhere between asparagus and seaweed in flavour, Rock Samphire has the thrill of a mermaid’s kiss.

  12. Cress: Watercress

    Cress: Watercress

    European watercress.
    €1.50

    Watercress has risen to a starring role in elaborate culinary preparations and is as beneficial for the health as much as the palate. This highly nutritious aquatic herb has a lovely mustardy bite most commonly served raw as a garnish or as part of a salad.

  13. Cress: Land Cress

    Cress: Land Cress

    American Cress or Upland Cress

    Once very popular for winter salads, Land Cress has the same pungent nip that Watercress does but can be grown directly in the garden. Leaf production is at it's highest during the summer and autumn, but it will happily carry on growing right through the winter. It deserves to be far more widely grown.

  14. Crambe maritima 'Lilywhite'

    Crambe maritima 'Lilywhite'

    Seakale, Wildflower of Britain and Ireland
    Ancient Crop.
    €2.58

    Out of stock

    Crambe maritima is a lovely dual purpose plant. This delicacy from the olden days has a unique delicate flavour, forced Seakale is a real delicacy. In the garden, it can be grown as an eye-catching and fragrant border plant. It has perhaps the most beautiful of all large glaucous leaves.
  15. Costmary is one of the most interesting and complex of herbs.

    Costmary, Tanacetum balsamita

    Herbe Sainte-Marie, Alecost
    €2.10

    Native to the eastern Mediterranean, Costmary leaves have an aroma which has been described as like garden mint with hints of balsam. Costmary is one of the most interesting and complex of all herbs, it can be used for many purposes, culinary, medicinal aromatherapy or ornamental.

  16. To the organic gardener, Comfrey is invaluable. It’s easy to grow, easy to use and incredibly beneficial to the garden.

    Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, Organic

    Knitbone, Bruisewort, Healing herb, Miracle herb.
    €2.52

    Out of stock

    To the organic gardener, Comfrey is invaluable. It’s easy to grow, easy to use and incredibly beneficial to the garden. Used to make organic liquid feed, it is especially valuable on crops that benefit from high doses of potassium. Organic Seed.

  17. Comfrey, Symphytum officinale

    Comfrey, Symphytum officinale

    Knitbone, Bruisewort, Healing herb, Miracle herb.
    €1.74

    To the organic gardener, Comfrey is invaluable. It’s easy to grow, easy to use and incredibly beneficial to the garden. Leaves can be used as a top dressing or chopped and mixed with leaf mould to make a base for potting compost. You can make your own organic liquid feed or use as a compost activator.

  18. This new red stemmed variety of cutting leaf celery is lovely in container gardens and small herb gardens.

    Celery, Cutting Leaf Celery, 'Red Stem'

    Red Soup Celery or Red Chinease Celery 'Kintsai'
    €1.62

    European Cutting Celery is a little obscure and largely misunderstood, but evoking curiosity. Unsurprisingly, it's the home gardeners who are leading the way. New to the market, 'Red Stem' is a lovely variety that is very easy to grow, and true to its name has beautiful red stems.

  19. Leaf Celery was used centuries ago in Europe and the Orient, where its ancestor was known as 'smallage'.

    Celery, 'Cutting Leaf Celery'

    Cutting or Soup Celery. Chinese Kintsai
    €1.14

    Cutting celery or Leaf celery is the type that is used in Europe. It looks similar to parsley but tastes like regular stalk celery, but with a slightly stronger, herbier taste. It is a darker green, with thin, rounded, flexible stalks and curly, aromatic leaves; it is much easier to grow than its big brother.

  20. Cardamon, Amomum subulatum
    €2.34

    Amomum subulatum the cardamon or cardamom plant is native to damp, forested valleys from the eastern Himalayas to central China. It won't yield enough pods for a bountiful crop of the spice, but makes an interesting conversation piece and a satisfying challenge for the adventurous gardener.

  21. Cheerful and bright, use Calendula alone or in combination with other flowering annuals and perennials in beds, borders or containers.

    Calendula officinalis, Organic

    Pot Marigold, English Marigold. Herb Marigold
    €1.98
    Calendula officinalis is prolific and durable and so are perfect candidates for cutting and flower arrangements. Sprinkle salads and decorate cakes with the edible tangy petals. Organic Seed.
  22. Calendula is prolific and durable, it is easy to grow and can be simply sown where it is to flower

    Calendula officinalis

    Pot Marigold, English Marigold. Herb Marigold

    Starting at: €1.14

    Cheerful and bright, use Calendula in beds, borders or containers. Calendula is prolific and durable, and like most hardy annuals it is easy to grow, simply sow where it is to flower. It is currently one of the top herbs used for medicinal use. Sprinkle salads and decorate cakes with the edible tangy petals.

  23. Burdock Takinogawa 'Gobo'

    Burdock Takinogawa 'Gobo'

    Burdock Root, Gobo
    €1.50

    Regarded as both a nutritious vegetable and curative medicinal, the Burdock root is widely used in all sorts of cuisines from the classic English summer drink to the classic Japanese 'Kinpira'. Seeds can be also sprouted like bean sprouts; nothing goes to waste with this plant.

  24. Burdock 'Takinogawa', Organic

    Burdock 'Takinogawa', Organic

    Burdock Root, Gobo
    €1.98
    Regarded as both a nutritious vegetable and curative medicinal, the Burdock root is widely used in all sorts of cuisines from the classic English summer drink to the classic Japanese 'Kinpira'. Seeds can be also sprouted like bean sprouts; nothing goes to waste with this plant. Organic Seeds

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