Winter Herbs

Flavour from the garden this month Not all herbs die down in winter. Fortunately some really flavourful ones are evergreen and can be used in our winter dishes. • Rosemary (Rosmarinus sp.) An evergreen, winter-hardy shrub so leaves can be … Continue reading

Alecost (costmary)

Alecost (Costmary), Tanacetum balsamita is an attractive tall growing, perennial herb, belonging to the daisy family, the Compositae.This aromatic herb has two common names, ‘Costmary’ and Alecost. ‘Cost’ refers to Costus, a spicy Asian plant related to ginger, which has a … Continue reading

Common Yarrow

Common Yarrow is a hardy perennial herb, which  can be found growing wild all over the world, but is most common in Europe, Asia and North America. Yarrow is a drought tolerant plant which grows best in a poor, free draining soil. … Continue reading

New this year – Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) A new plant for us in  2012  – Milk Thistle is a tall annual or biennial plant with large spiny leaves mottled with white,   and purple thistle type flowers in summer. Milk Thistle is a … Continue reading

Salad Burnet

Our Salad Burnet plants are looking good now. Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba Minor) is a clump forming evergreen perennial herb with soft green pinnate leaves and small crimson flowers on long stems in summer. It grows best on a chalky soil … Continue reading