Made famous by being one of the active ingredients in the spirit ‘Absinthe’. This herbaceous perennial has many uses – Koreans use it in cooking, Moroccans in mint tea, companion planting and medicinal uses include aiding digestion, flatulence and a nerve tonic. Grey-green leaves provide an ornamental value. Yellow flowers in summer. 500 seeds.
An annual self-seeding culinary herb with a liquorice flavour that is easily grown from seed. Its lacy foliage and pretty white flowers make it an attractive addition. Young leaves and seed can be used in salads, use in seafood dishes and as a condiment for baking. It is said to help with digestion and to sweeten the breath, so it is chewed after meals in parts of Europe, the Middle East & India. 200 seeds
A long flowering hardy perennial that bares dense spikes of blue flowers with violet bracts. The leaves and seeds have an aniseed flavour and can be used raw in salads, cooked (in cakes or muffins) or steeped for a tea. The seed heads can be dried and used in flower arrangements. A native of North America. 200 seeds.
This Italian ‘pesto’ basil is a powerfully flavoured and authentic basil with large leaves. Best grown in a warm, sheltered position with plenty of moisture. Use in pesto, raw in salads or to flavour oil. Frost tender but this variety holds well once the weather cools in autumn. 500 seeds
A lemon scented annual with smaller, frost tender leaves, delicious with fish dishes. Best grown in a warm, sheltered position with plenty of moisture. Sow indoors in late spring and plant out after frost has finished. Make second sowing in pots in mid summer, cut back hard in late summer to make them resprout and bring indoors for winter. 500 seeds
A good looking basil with ‘ruffled’, frilly leaves that turn purple with cool nights. A delicate flavour that is used in pesto, raw in salads and for flavouring and colouring vinegars. Easily grown outdoors or in pots. Grows to 40 cm high. 200 seeds.
A sweet scented & tasting basil with larger leaves (3-4cm). The sweet flavour makes it ideal in salads, pasta, tomatoes on toast or lemon & basil ice-cream! When used in cooked dishes toss in at end to keep flavour. A slow bolting & later maturing variety. 300 seeds.
Considered a holy or sacred plant in India, where it graces homes and shrines, and has been used over the centuries as a medicinal, culinary and tea herb. The leaves are very aromatic, a complex spicy scent. This variety has red and green leaves. A perennial in the tropics, grown as an annual in cooler areas. 400 seeds.
A basil that is used in Thai and Italian cooking. Good sized leaves that are highly aromatic with a licorice-basil aroma. An attractive basil with bright green leaves and reddish-purple stems, grows to 60-80 cm. Can be sown direct to garden or makes a great container plant. 200 Seeds.
A hardy annual with attractive lavender coloured flowers and bright green leaves that have a minty scent when crushed. The leaves are excellent for making herbal teas, flavouring salads and add great flavour when cooked with fish or gamey meats. The flowers are two tiered and the seed heads can be dried and used in arrangements. 250 seeds.
An annual herb with clusters of blue, star-shaped edible flowers. Borage flowers have a crisp, cucumber flavour that can be used in salads or as garnishes. They can also be floated in drinks, frozen in ice cubes or candied to decorate cakes, pastries, and desserts. A long flowering period and a good nectar producer for birds and bees. 30 seeds.
Native to the Mediterranean, this medicinal annual is also a good companion plant in the vegetable garden by suppressing weeds. The double orange and yellow flowers bloom for many months on 45 cm stems. They are a long-lasting, pretty cut flower. Plants do well with light soil and good drainage. 160 Seeds.
Easily grown from seed in spring and summer, this annual herb will self-seed every year. Use caraway seeds for cabbage dishes, fish stocks and to make fatty meals more easily digestable. Caraway tea is a good cure for an upset stomach. This herb needs plenty of sun and well drained soil and can be harvested in late summer. 150 seeds
A great tonic for cats that has many essential vitamens and minerals for them. Cats are naturally attracted to this fast growing grass (especially the younger shoots) that aids their digestion and fur ball elimination. Easy to grow. Grows to a height of 45 cm and can handle part shade. 4,000 seeds.
This annual herb is a variety of celery that is much easier to grow than it larger cousin. A few sprigs, fresh or cooked, give that distinctive celery flavour to salads, stuffing, soups and stews year round. Stems are thinner but still great for dips. Suitable for part shade to full sun, it tolerates most soils. Cut stems as needed. 700 Seeds.
A leaf celery that looks like Italian parsley but retains that distinctive celery flavour. Much easier to grow than traditional bunching celery as it is much more forgiving. Use as a cut and come again herb. We use it in soups, stock, stir fries, juices and fresh in salads. A versatile ‘herb’ with a long harvest period. 300 seeds.