The effect is striking, as if masses of butterflies have gathered in the garden. Ht. 40-45cm/16-18”. Impressive French stoechas lavender with elongated wing-like magenta petals extending from dark bracts on slender stalks.
Botanical Name: L. stoechas pedunculata 'Fragrant Butterfly'
Can be cut several times before the bolt and need to be reseeded. Unlike some other fresh greens, the curled leaves don't easily fall flat in tossed salads. Excellent salad green, with ruffled leaves and a nice sweet spicy flavour.
A study has shown that the vapours given off by the foliage can protect stored grain from insect damage. Highly aromatic, with a pleasant mint-like scent. Most abundant of the big sagebrushes, growing in mountain meadows and rocky slopes from British...
Sow seeds outdoors in shallow trenches in Spring, thinning seedlings to six to nine inches apart when they appear. According to Gerard, the daisy was once known as bruisewort, for its ability to soothe bruises when the leaves were applied externally.
Large double white trumpet-like flowers are fragrant at night. They are also used externally in the form of poultices or ointments for the treatment of aches, pains, arthritis, and rheumatism, All parts of the plant are poisonous if used improperly, especially...
It is a shiso like the better known green and purple forms except the leaves have both green on top and purple underneath. The flap-like appearance gives the leaves the look of an ear, which is why this form is known as "ear shiso."
Source of yellow, gold and khaki dyes. Hardy in southwestern Ontario and coastal B.C. Boiled root decoction was once used to bathe irritated eyes. Good hedge plant; has vigorous habit and withstands heavy clipping.
(Aoshiso) Decorative green foliage reminiscent of coleus. Cinnamon-scented leaves are popular in Japan for flavouring raw fish, bean curd, pickles and tempura. Before sowing, chill sees at 5°C (40°F) for 3 days in moist sand.
(Wu-wei-zi) Chinese medicinal; astringent and demulcent berries are used to treat nervous conditions, chronic cough, asthma, thirst, too frequent urination, and diarrhea. Has adaptogenic and immune-enhancing properties similar to ginseng.
Used for gout, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis, dropsy and cardiac ailments. Found mainly in the English and Scottish limestone areas. Attractive British wildflower with masses of milky white or purplish flowers.
Masses of flowers in spring are a mix of purple, pink and white. When in flower, it is used as a gland stimulant and an aphrodisiac. This is the flower of deceit, giving off its lovely perfume only in the evening.
They are said also to nourish muscles and enrich bone marrow. This species is the medicinal cousin of the tropical jujube fruit. Studies show that the seeds have a tranquilizing and hypnotic effect, and are analgesic and anticonvulsive.
A much-loved lemon-scented herb gets a makeover with beautiful gold-infused leaves! The gold is most pronounced in spring and fades to green in summer. Like regular lemon balm, the fresh leaves give a burst of lemon when they are squeezed.
Ease of Germination: Easy
Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis 'Gold Leaf'
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall/Anytime
(Johnny jump up) Old English favourite with charming small purple, lavender and yellow flowers. Flowers are edible. Was once a potent symbol of romance for courting couples. Used for dropsy, respiratory catarrh and skin eruptions.
(Paracress; Electric daisy) Trendy chefs and bartenders love to play with this fun new ingredient! The striking button-like flowers can be added to salads and cocktails for a surprising but delightful "electric" tingling effect.
Ht. 1-1.5m/3-5ft. This is the true that is cultivated and used in India, and is completely different from what is commonly sold in America incorrectly under the same name. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, antimalarial, antifungal, insecticidal and wound...
(Garland chrysanthemum; Chopsuey green) Popular Oriental green with an unusual strong flavour. Fast grower; successive sowings every two weeks will ensure continuous supply. Leaves are cooked like spinach or in soup, or raw in salads.
This variety is heavy cropping, bearing white fruit all season long on runnerless plants. A perfect border plant for the garden, it does best in part shade. Berries are very sweet, with a faint pineapple tang, excellent for eating fresh out of hand, or...
Germination will take about two weeks, with bloom about two months after that, and harvest a month later, about one hundred days from planting. The plant is the source of flax fibre, which is used to make linen, and flax seeds, called linseeds.
The chemical p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate in maca is thought to be responsible for its aphrodisiac quality, however clinical tests have not yet identified the exact mechanism by which it produces this effect.