Herb garden Basics

Herbs provide delightful colour and fragrance to our gardens and delicious flavours for our kitchens. They are widely used in the cooking of our favourite foods, in herbal teas, soaps and massage oils.

Growing a herb garden is achievable for everyone. Most varieties are suitable for pots and are very easy to grow, making them an excellent place to start for the beginner or time-poor gardener or those with limited space. They are a particular favourite for children where the quick results, fragrance and distinct tastes are often responsible for the first feelings of joy for growing their own food.  

Not only are these plants useful, it is often overlooked how beautiful a herb garden can be, bringing delicate flowers, variegated leaves and interesting forms to a design. Many varieties have long been celebrated for their medicinal qualities, harnessed for hundreds of years and they make excellent companion plants in a vegetable garden. Not to mention that they are the ultimate in cut-and-come-again produce, making them fabulous for gifting to neighbours and friends.

Top 10 Herbs to grow in pots

With many gardeners moving regularly or limited in space, growing herbs in pots is the answer. Freshly picked herbs have an almost alchemical ability to invigorate a meal and give the true sense of home cooked. Most culinary herbs evolved in Mediterranean climates in rocky ground, on cliff edges by the sea. They are pre-adapted to a contained life on a windy balcony or courtyard. Even if you are limited to a sunny window sill, it is possible to grow basil, parsley or coriander.

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Kitchen Garden Herbs

Here you’ll find a comprehensive selection of herbs from the common to the unusual for a kitchen garden rich in flavours and fragrance.  And don’t forget to Spice up your kitchen! Did you know that you could grow your own ginger, tumeric, lemongrass and even wasabi?

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Herbs for teas

Herbs have long been used in teas and with a growing movement towards self-suffciency and a healthy diet, there has never been a better time to start growing your own. Simply infuse these herbs in hot water for a nourishing cup of delicious tea. Browse the range today.


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Companion Herbs

Herbs are extensively used as companion plants in vegetable gardens as a method of encouraging beneficial insects and protecting against pest and diseases. Grow basil with tomatoes; plant parsley near chives, roses with tomatoes to repel aphids. Plant dill with carrots, tomatoes and celery; dill also acts as a repellent to the white cabbage moth and can be planted with cabbage and broccoli. 

Download our companion planting chart

Herbs for health

Herbs have long been used to promote heath and wellbeing. In this article discover the benefits of some common garden plants including peppermint, chamomile, oregano, calendula and lavender.

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Shop herbs

Great produce leads to great food, and herbs are one of the most important ingredients you can grow at home when it comes to creating flavourful and exciting meals. Browse our great range today.

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Top 10 Tips to Growing Herbs

Follow Bill Bampton's top tips to success in your herb garden.

 

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Pickled Rock Samphire

Have an abundance of Rock samphire? don't sweat it! Heronswood cafe has the perfect recipe for a delicious pickled Samphire. Boasting similar flavours to capers and gherkins, our pickled samphire is the perfect addition to tartare sauce, potato salad and goes well with fish dishes. Follow our recipe here.

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Edible flowers

Edible flowers bring colour, flavour and vitality to any meal as well as to your garden. 

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