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
Origanum vulgare Aureum
Uses - The perfect addition to Mediterranean dishes, delicious sprinkled on a pizza, stir into bolognese or make a tea to aid with digestion.
Growing conditions - Marjoram like to grow in full sun and can tolerate quite dry conditions once established.
Height - 45cm. Spread 60cm
Flower colour - Pink and the leaves have golden tips
Good for pollinators - Yes
All parts are edible, we recommend allowing the walking onion to reproduce in the first year by separating the babies and planting them where you want them to grow this way you will have lots more plants to eat the following year. The bulb grows slightly larger than a shallot.
Plant in full sun, in a nice rich soil with added organic matter.
You will receive your walking onion as an established potted plant in a 1 litre cardboard pot, it is ready to plant out.
1 Litre pot
Uses - Leaves are lovely sliced and sprinkled onto a fruit salad or used to make a tea. Lemon balm has many medicinal uses.
Growing conditions - Likes a little bit of shade from the sun in hot climates but fine in full sun in Scotland. Grow in a well drained soil but keep moist until established, does not like to sit in water.
Height 60cm. Spread 90cm. Will spread rapidly by self seeding, hoe regularly to avoid it becoming invasive.
Flower colour - Small white flowers
Good for pollinators - Yes
Very small creeping variety up to 10cm tall with tiny leaves and purple flowers only 2mm across. It creates a nice thick carpet like ground cover and is ideal for planting in between gaps in paving.
Uses - Yarrow has some edible uses in small quantities.
It is good for attracting predatory insects like hoverflies, they help control greenfly and other pest species.
Named after the Greek warrior Achilles who used it to treat the wounds of bleeding soldiers on the battlefield.
Height - Approximately 60cm.
Growing conditions - Yarrow likes full sun and is a good plant for dry ground.
Flower colour - White to pale pink.
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
Parsley Italian Giant
Flat leaved Parsley - Italian Giant
A nice robust parsley for adding depth of flavour to soups, sauces, stews, etc.
Drinking parsley tea has many health benefits, it is rich in vitamins.
Freeze a few handfuls to have a good supply over winter.
1 Litre pot.
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.
Sweet woodruff is a spring flowering plant with white cross shaped flowers, it likes shade and can be found growing in woodland under trees. It is great for ground cover and will spread. It has a lovely sweet hay like scent once dried and in days gone by was used as a strewing herb in the home to mask smells and used to stuff mattresses and pillows.
Fox and cubs
Pretty little wildflower with foxy orange coloured dandelion like flower clusters on a single stem. The flowers open individually like a fox with it's cubs surrounding it. It's good for ground cover and attractive to pollinating insects. Grows to around 20-30cm tall and will spread itself around freely by seed and rhizome.
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.