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 green leaves. A perennial in the tropics, grown as an annual in cooler areas. 300 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. 300 Seeds.
Beebalm is a hardy perennial growing to 110 cm & has a long history of medicinal use where both the flowers and leaves have been used. The mostly red flowers were used by North Americans Indians to make tea which were used in treatments for colds, stomach aches and insomnia. The edible flowers and aromatic leaves are also used as a culinary addition. As the name implies, Beebalm attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Used as a cut flower. 35 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. 200 seeds.
A hardy perennial with aromatic foliage and lilac-purple flowers that are magnets for honey bees and other beneficial insects. Growing to 80 cm high it can be planted in a wide range of soils in full sun to part shade. A versatile plant whose leaves are used for tea, culinary and medicinal purposes. Also used as a cut flower. Handles dry conditions. 150 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.
A hardy biennial that is used in Chinese and Western herbal medicine primarily for its blood cleansing and detoxifying properties. Young roots can be eaten raw while older roots can grow to 90cm and are usually cooked or dried. The leaves and young flower stalks can be used like spinach or asparagus. Grows to 1.5-2m, flowering in summer with a scarlet-purple thistle like flower. 35 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. 2,000 seeds.
This useful, evergreen, edging plant has aromatic spikes of small lavender coloured flower. The leaves are loved by cats. A hardy perennial groundcover that has a long flowering period over summer, extended by deadheading old flowers. It has cool grey-blue foliage and likes well-drained soil. Young leaves have a mint flavour and can be used in salads or for herbal tea. Divide in spring or autumn. 150 seeds.
An easy to grow evergreen perennial herb with aromatic, greyish-green leaves. Great for garden and path edges as it adds a soft touch to hard borders. The whitish or light lavender flowers bloom in summer. Cats love this hardy plant. The leaves are used in herbal tea and are said to be good for treating cold/flu symptoms. Dried leaves keep their scent & can be used in pot-pourri or as an insect repellent. Grows to 50cm. 100 seeds.