A feast for the eyes
Summer is a great time for planting herbs. Here are our top tips and the pick of the pots...
If you’re planning on growing a few herbs this year then now is the time to do it while the weather is warm.
1. Herbs love a sunny spot that is protected from the wind and has a well-drained soil.
2. It’s a good idea to have your herbs near the kitchen so you can easily slip on your garden shoes or flipflops and pop out for some leaves when you need them.
3. Make sure if you are growing them in the ground that it is well weeded and you have dug in plenty of garden compost before you plant your herbs.
4. Growing herbs in pots is a good option as they are easy to care for and can be moved around as and when needed.
5. Regular haircuts are a must with herbs. Giving them a short-back-and-sides keeps plants looking good for longer and encourages more new growth. New, fresh leaves tend to be the most aromatic. Pruning is especially needed with thymes, sages and tarragons.
Three of the best...
Lavender – great for pots, wonderful aromatic foliage. Three to try include Lavandula angustifolia ‘Artic Snow’, Lavandula angustifolia ‘Melissa Lilac’ and Lavandula angustifolia ‘Loddon Pink’.
Purple sage – useful in borders and pots. Forms soft cushions of foliage.