The humble herb is often overlooked but it is a group of plants with tremendous appeal and versatility.
Herbs have long been associated with medicinal properties, and today they are best known for adding balance and depth of flavour in cooking.
It is easy to think of herbs as being imported from the Mediterranean or further afield. However, many grow naturally in the UK and have done so for centuries or longer. These include Comfrey, Wild Garlic, Fennel, Borage, Primroses, Cowslips, Nettles and Dandelion – although if your lawn is immaculate you may not be too keen on the latter!
Herbs also add a dynamic element in a garden and silver leaved plants such as Lavender and Rosemary can be architectural in quality, as well as boasting fine flowers and memorable scent. Others have delicate leaves and the subtlest bouquet, or, like Lemon Balm or Mint, only the gentlest scent until you crush a leaf.
At Julie’s Plants our herbs for sale include:
Chives, Parsley, Tarragon, Mint, Lovage, Angelica, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram, Sage, Basil, Catmint,
Fennel, Dill, Horseradish, Hyssop, Lemon Balm,
Hints for Herbs
If you are planting out herbs to use in your kitchen, or just to add to your garden, remember a few basics to help them thrive:
Most herbs like light, well-drained soil. Some, like Comfrey, will tolerate wetter ground, but it is best avoided if possible.
Most herbs need a neutral to alkaline soil.
Herbs like light and warmth! Try to avoid planting them in deep shade.
Herbs do well in greenhouses, which will also prolong the life of cold sensitive plants like Basil.
Whatever you’re looking for, the best way to make up your mind is to look at plants for real.
We have a good selection to choose from, whatever the season and by popping in you might find something you haven’t seen or thought of before.
Call in if you live locally or can reach us with a short detour – we also have customers travelling many miles, so we know it’s never too far!
Our stock does change regularly through the seasons and we usually have a good supply of our customers' favourites.