Agastache foeniculum is a perennial herb that tastes as good as it looks and are as popular in the border as they are in the herb garden. They are excellent design plants, exhibiting a strong vertical accent for the perennial border. Bees hold an undisputed attraction for the flowers, the colour, shape and copious amounts of nectar are among their favourites. This is perhaps one of the most gratifying plants you can grow. Organic Seed.
Anise is a dainty, herbaceous plant most famous for the liquorice flavour of its leaves and seeds. Use the leaves fresh in salads and soups, and the seeds for flavouring cookies, pastries, and confections. Organic Seed.
Cinnamon basil has attractive purple growing tips and pink flowers in summer. This variety is true to its name with a cooler flavour and distinct cinnamon aftertaste. Use this herb just as you would use sweet basil. Organic seed.
One sniff and one would swear one was in a lemon orchard. Lemon Basil contains citral and limonene. Mildly flavoured, it initially tastes almost the same as most basils, but with a lovely clean aftertaste. Use it to marinate, grill, finish, or dress, it also makes a wonderfully citrus pesto. Organic Seed.
Sweet Genovese is often associated with Italian cuisine. Basil is native to the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. This delicate herb has with an intense, spicy-sweet, aroma and a slight anise-like undertone. Organic Seed.
Thai Basil is commonly used in the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. It has has a stronger taste and an identifiable liquorice flavour which is more stable under high or extended cooking temperatures than that of sweet basil. Organic Seed.
The beautiful blue star-shaped flowers of Borage are edible with a cool cucumber flavour. Use them as garnish in fruit cups, summer drinks, wines and Pimms. Garden visitors can be converted to herbal advocates simply by offering a taste of its flower! Organic Seeds.
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. Organic Seed.
Take a walk on the mild side with delicate, subtle, elegant Chervil. 'Fijne Krul', or 'Fine Curled' Chervil has been cultivated in France for centuries, known as Cerfeuil it is swirled, whisked and folded into classic French dishes, but it's much too good to leave to the other side of the Channel. Organic Seed.
The organic version of the easy to grow chives. These are one of the famous fines herbes of French cuisine. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, and are also said to stimulate the appetite and strengthen the stomach. Organic Seed.
Cress is one salad ingredient you can be sure of harvesting all year round, adding flavour to salads, sandwiches and omelettes. You only need water, a little warmth and light, and this stuff will grow pretty much anywhere. You don't even need a garden. Organic Seed.
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. Organic Seed.
Dill 'Diana' is a very upright and stable selection. Especially robust against bolting, it is very leafy with an attractive dark green colour. The plants have a compact growth habit and are suitable for windowsill or container use. Organic Seed.
Echinacea is a perennial herb, the purple flower is in the form of a high cone. Valued as a short-term stimulant to the immune system. Until the late 1930s, Echinacea angustifolia was the only species used in medical practice. Organic Seed.
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.
Herb Fennel has a sweet aroma and an aniseed flavour. Both leaves and seeds have a multitude of culinary uses. The magnificent clumps of airy feather foliage are useful in the border or herb garden. And as a bonus, the plants are perennial. Organic Seed.
A relatively new vegetable in the English-speaking world but well-known in Asian cuisine, the flavour of garlic chives is more like garlic than chives, though much milder. Both leaves and the stalks of the flowers are used a stir fry ingredient. The flowers may also be used as a spice. Organic seed.
Lavandula angustifolia, also called Lavender vera is the best Lavender for medicinal and aromatherapy purposes. It is a staple plant for the herb garden, the fragrant flowers have been used in perfumes, poultices and potpourris for centuries. Organic Seed.
Lemon balm is a very special herb with a number other uses. The leaves have the scent of lemon with a hint of mint. It is refreshing served in summer drinks such as Pimms or lemonade, use to flavour fruit, in sorbets and deserts or with a green salad. Organic Seed.
The liquorice plant has a very long history of use both as a medicine and as flavouring. The soft and pliable roots have an aroma strongly reminiscent of anise or fennel. The taste is dominantly sweet, warm and medical. Organic Seed.
Lovage is one of the most intriguing and versatile of herbs. Cook with it once and you will not consider missing it again. This perennial herb has a savory character, a wonderful way to anchor a dish with deep, verdant flavour, like adding a bass line to a piece of music. Organic Seed.
Fresh marjoram leaves smell a little like basil while in flavour they are rather like thyme, but sweeter and more scented. The leaves have a mild flavour and are most often used in recipes of French or English origin. It is also an excellent herb for drying. Organic Seed.
Sweet Marjoram is an essential culinary herb and fresh or dried, no cook should ever be without it. It is wonderfully aromatic with a mild oregano flavour with a hint of balsam. Fresh or dried, it is good with veal, beef, lamb, roast poultry and fish. Organic Seed.
Chamomile has been used for centuries. In the realm of simple herbs, for the treatment of common ailments by the common people, few herbs have garnered such a reputation for success as the lowly chamomile. Organic Seed.