A garden full of useful and beautiful plants
What is a herb garden?
Herbs are useful plants.
They can be a source of flavouring for our food, for medicine and healing remedies, for fragrance and scent, for cleaning and cosmetics. We eat them, we use them to dye our clothes, and bees need them too.
We have lots of common and some unusual herbs. Each bed has a different focus.
Herbs for fragrance
Aromatic herbs can be very soothing, good for the body and mind.
The fragrances of plants either attract or repel. A plant can lure insects to ensure its pollination. A plant can defend itself against parasites and other threats with repellent smells.
Used to deter flies and moths
Iris germanica var. florentina
Once added to baths for the scent of violets
Herbs for bees
Bees and other pollinators are vital for human survival.
Bees pollinate lots of the crops and plants we eat, like apples, pears, coffee and vanilla. They transfer pollen between flowering plants but are threatened by exposure to pesticides.
Silver dead nettle
Herbs for cooking
Lots of herbs have strong flavours.
We have used herbs to season and preserve food for centuries.
Stems are candied and leaves added to stewed fruit
Tastes similar to celery
Sow a seed appeal
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