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Herb garden

A garden full of useful and beautiful plants

Chives growing in our Herb garden Photograph by Harriet Maxwell

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.


Artemisia abrotanum

Used to deter flies and moths

Green southernwood plants Photograph by Harriet Maxwell

Oris root

Iris germanica var. florentina

Once added to baths for the scent of violets

White flowers of the Irs germanica "Iris germanica var. florentina" by Tie Guy II is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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.

Jacob's ladder

Polemonium caeruleum

Purple flowers Photograph by Harriet Maxwell

Silver dead nettle

Lamium maculatum

Purple flower with leaves with a silver stripe Photograph by Harriet Maxwell

Herbs for cooking

Lots of herbs have strong flavours.

We have used herbs to season and preserve food for centuries.


Angelica archangelica

Stems are candied and leaves added to stewed fruit

Stem, leaves and flowers of angelica plant in the Herb garden Photograph by Harriet Maxwell


Levisticum officinale

Tastes similar to celery

Detail of green lovage leaf Photograph by Harriet Maxwell