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Herbs are very easy to grow and are essential ingredients for all types of cooking, as well as injecting life into a salad. Grow them on your windowsill or create a herb garden just outside your kitchen door, so that you can easily pick a few leaves to add to your meals.
With slender bronze green leaves and lilac tubular flowers, this hardy annual makes an attractive addition to the herb garden. Summer Savory lends an aromatic peppery tang to soups and seafoods. It's mild flavour is useful as an alternative to sage or thyme, and it is also used to aid digestion, reduce fevers and soothe bee stings.
Grown next to broad beans it is reputed to help repel black fly. Gather Summer Savory when harvesting your broad beans and cook them together - it does wonders for the flavour. The secret is to have your Summer Savory 15cm (6in) tall by early May to plant out amongst your beans! Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 30cm (12").
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Mint 'Gingermint' (Large Plant)
Mentha × gracilis
A distinctive strain of Mint, which has gold-splashed leaves, and a spicy ginger fragrance. Ginger Mint plants are nectar-rich, and are ideal for attracting bees and butterflies to the garden.
The beauty of this plant makes it welcome in the mixed perennial border as well as the herb garden. Ginger Mint could also be used in summer container displays. Try Ginger Mint for yourself, and you’ll enjoy the fiery ginger fragrance, which can be used in summer drinks and desserts too! Height and Spread: 30cm (12").
Thyme 'Lemon' (Large Plant)
Thymus citriodorus, Lemon Thyme
Lemon Thyme is particularly special, with a potent lemon fragrance, which travels through the air when brushed lightly. The unique flavour of Lemon Thyme leaves also means it can be used in desserts, unlike the traditional, more savoury Thyme. The summer, pink-white flowers make this fragrant Thyme an attractive addition to herb gardens, flower borders, rockeries, along pathways or in patio pots.
This hardy perennial herb is easy to grow and unfussy about soil or site conditions. Thyme is useful as ground cover, and can also be used in coastal areas, where it copes well with winds and dry conditions. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 35cm (14").More info
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