Forsythiaside found in the fruits is effective against a wide spectrum of bacteria and fungi. Also effective against inflammations and helps to reduce fever and boost immunity. (Lian Qiao) Important Chinese antibacterial herb used to treat flu and cold.
Found throughout the American West, from Washington to California and Colorado, growing on rocky or thin soil, or in very dry sites. (Low sagebrush) A low gray-green sagebrush, no higher than 40cm/16".
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall
Ease of Germination: Moderate/Special Treatment Required
Contains the same dyestuff as indigo, though in lower concentration. For ages the main source of blue dye in Europe, until the introduction of indigo in the 17th century. Because it is hardy (unlike indigo) woad is still grown for natural dyeing.
Native to the dry woodlands and prairies of North America, it prefers poor, dry soils, growing to 1m (3ft). Roots provide a valuable antiseptic, useful for bacterial infections of the mouth, throat, respiratory system, and skin.
Flowers reach 30cm/12in. While leaves form ground-hugging mats. European native with neat rosettes of hairy leaves and lemon-yellow flowers. Used for all respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis, excess mucus, and cough.
The result is a beautiful new ornamental herb for sunny borders or mass plantings. (Baikal scullcap; Huang qin) One of Chinese medicine's most important herbs is now all dressed up for the flower garden! English breeders managed to coax the hardy perennial...
The name translates as "little beak" in reference to the small pointy ends at the bottom of the fruits. Brazilians pickle them in vinegar and love to toss them in salads, on pizzas, or any spicy dish in need of a kick.
Bodybuilders use tribulus as a natural alternative to chemical anabolic steroids. (Puncturevine) This low growing vine likes moist, sandy soils. Important diuretic herb in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for urinary problems, kidney and lower back pains...
Can be cut several times before the bolt and need to be reseeded. Sow every 10-25 days from early spring to early fall. Very quick and easy to grow. Unlike some other fresh greens, the curled leaves don't easily fall flat in tossed salads.
The proazulene add a distinctive blue colour to the essential oil. Elite variety for commericial production, rich in proazulene, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. High yielding variety for medicinal use.
All America Selection winner in 2016. More than 100 tomatoes per plant. Dark red and oh so sweet and delicious! You will want to pop them in your mouth right from the garden. Outstanding currant tomato with loads of small berry-sized fruits about 1cm...
Here is a flower-herb-veggie that cuts across the genres, with its white-flecked leaves and showy edible red-burgundy flowers. The leaves and flowers have a hot watercress flavour and are great in salads; and the young seed pods are hotter and can be...
English Daisy has a long history as a calmative for inflamed skin and for stomach and intestinal problems. Trouble-free, with few pests or diseases, it is an excellent choice for mixed borders in a well-drained location with sun or part shade.
Ht. 20-30cm/8-12in. (Pot marigold) Compact variety with bicolored flowers ranging from pale creamy orange to deep gold. The flowers are unusually long lasting, and if flowers are dead-headed, the flowers will just keep coming right up until frost.
(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.
The young leaves can be cooked like spinach. Spectacular food plant often grown just for its ornamental value. It gets quite tall, up to 2m/6ft high, but then it produces long green tassels that swoop down for a striking tropical effect in the garden.
Produces loads of 1 lb., plump, juicy, meaty red fruits. This outstanding variety is the Guinness record holder for yields producing 342 lbs. Better Boy Tomato is a best-selling slicing tomato with excellent taste, beautifully rounded large fruit and...
✓ Lycopersicon esculentum Better Boy hybrid
✓ Leave 18 in. to 24 in. between plants, 3 ft. to 5 ft. between rows
New Zealand Spinach is not a true spinach, but its just as healthy its thick and fleshy green leaves are full of vitamin C. To grow, plant seeds 1/2 in. New Zealand spinach grows in both spring and fall, and it often perennializes.
✓ Spinach substitute
✓ Plant seeds 1/2 in. D and 6 in. apart
✓ Germinated in 7-days to 14-days, and ready to harvest in 60-days