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Traditional dye plant, the leaves in the first year produce the blue colour once used during battle as a face paint to scare off the enemy, think Rob Roy. Nowadays used to dye fabrics and wool. Wode has beautiful tall yellow airy flower sprays. Plant this year to get a good strong root established and it will flower next year, if allowed to self seed you will have a lovely patch of woad in your garden.
Red veined Sorrel
Hardy perennial with dark red veins running through the leaves. It has a lemony flavour, which when young make a great addition to salads and the more mature leaves can be used as you would use spinach, in cooking sauces, curries, soups etc.
Plant into a moist well drained soil with plenty of organic matter in a sunny or slightly shaded area in your garden, remove the flowering stems to keep up a good production of leaves.
Height up to 45cm
Variegated Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis variegata
The green leaves with yellow variegation are lovely sliced and sprinkled onto a fruit salad or used to make a tea.
Semi evergreen shrub with vibrant blue flowers that bloom throughout the summer and into autumn, bees and other pollinating insects love it!
Use sparingly in salads or add to cooked dishes, especially good when paired with beans.
Height and spread 60cm
Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Orange’
A vigorous growing mint with pink/light purple flowers.
Can be used to make a delicious tea, or add sparingly to salads particularly good in salads with grains.
Pollinating insects love mint plants.
Mints can take over your garden very quickly so best grown in a large pot and divided annually.
Allium cyathophorum var.farreri
Allium cyathophorum var. farreri
A dainty little allium with rich reddish/purple flowers and fine clump forming leaves which are edible. It likes a sunny spot but doesn't mind some shade either. Soil should be well drained with some gravel added for drainage in heavier soils. Grows to around 20-30cm tall.
A popular herb with fish dishes but equally good in many other recipes. The seeds can be used when making pickles or added to bread. Grow in full sun, on windy sites dill may need to be staked. The yellow umbellifer flowers are loved by pollinating insects. Height 90cm.
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'.
The dark feathery fronds have a delicious aniseed taste and make a great addition to salads. Seeds can be used to make a tea to aid digestion or added to bread or cake mixes. Fennel is a tall plant reaching around 150cm, with yellow umbellifer flowers which are attractive to beneficial insects. Perennial.
Golden Creeping Jenny
Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Hardy perennial. H-5cm. Great for ground cover. This variety with bright yellow flowers will flower throughout the summer months. Nice beside a pond or path edge. Likes damp soil with a little shade. Do not eat.
Quick spreading ground cover, ideal for planting under trees and an early spring source of food for bees.
Caraway Scented Thyme
Thymus herba barona.
This creeping thyme ideal for filling gaps. It creates a pretty carpet of purple flowers that bees and butterflies love. The leaves can be picked and added to soups, casseroles, etc.
Native wildflower. Great groundcover with a mass of little pinky/purple flower spikes that remain in bloom through June and into August. It is attractive to pollinators. Historically used as a medicinal herb but has fallen out of use nowadays.