Prefers full sun and sandy, well-drained soil. Ht. 30-40cm/12-16”. (Sweet garlic; Pink agapanthus) A more civil version of garlic can hardly be imagined: its lavender-pink flowers are sweet-scented like hyacinths, and are showy, and you don't get bad...
Start indoors two months before outdoor planting date. Mediterranean delicacy grown for its succulent leaf stalks. Blanched hearts are cut into sections and parboiled for 90 min. May be sauteed, or served heated, then chilled with oil and vinegar, or...
Propagated by small aerial-borne bulbils. (Chinese yam; Shan yao) Tall climbing vine with white, cinnamon-scented flowers and edible tubers that weigh up to 2kg (5lb). Traditionally used as a herbal tonic and as a contraceptive.
It can be a good garden dweller however, if it is deadheaded to rein in its tendency to naturalize where it is not wanted, as it spreads by seeds only. The Grecian foxglove is a plant to admire and respect for its powerful capacities.
Easily grown from seed, seedlings are transplanted to pots when 6-8cm (2-3") tall or to the garden when 15cm (6") high. (Dollar leaf gum) Shaped like silver dollars, and about the same size too, the leaves and stimulating fresh scent make the species...
Hollyhock requires little more than well-drained soil and full sun, blending well with any colour scheme to create a visually arresting display. The tall blooming spires of the hollyhock have graced cottage gardens since its introduction in the 16th century.
The sweetly fragrant flowers start out pure white and change to delicate pink as they mature. Flowers are earlier and last longer than other pink varieties. For cooking, the flowers have a prized mild and delicate flavour.
Seeds can be slow to germinate. Flowers and leaves in combination with mordants yield yellow, gold, tan, grey and taupe dyes. Popular remedy for coughs, colds, hoarseness, bronchitis and bronchial asthma.
Botanical Name: Tussilago farfara
Ease of Germination: Difficult/Special Treatment Required
According to Native American lore it is also aphrodisiac, which may leave us a little less good sometimes! (Indian mint) Trailing mint-scented plant; excellent in hanging baskets, windowboxes and as a fragrant ground cover.
‘Dagga' is a local name for marijuana in southern Africa, hence the name ‘wild dagga' . Ht. 90-180cm/3-6ft. (Lion's ear; Wild dagga) The botanical species name means ‘lion's ear' but the impressive orange flower spikes look more like a lion's tail...
Fragrant white flowers and leaves are used in potpourri. Traditionally used in wedding bouquets, for corsages, and for flower arrangements. Attractive evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean with a spicy aroma.
Suitable for indoor culture; less susceptible to turn yellow or leggy. Produces best when cut continuously. (Windowsill chives) Swiss strain developed for greenhouse forcing. Excellent, strong flavour and thick, dark green leaves.
Berries are borne on large clusters that are easy to harvest. Yields are excellent. (Elderberry) Variety released by the New York Agriculture Experiment Station in 1926 and is still widely grown by commercial growers.
All parts of the plant are toxic with high amounts of cardioactive glycosides, and it should be handled with gloves. Lovely spikes of purple, pink and white bells freckled inside with little spots decorate this traditional inhabitant of the cottage garden.