tel icon

01225 862 392

Nav logo


Mobile img

Category Archives: Herbs

Use the herb bench…

We aim to keep the herb bench topped up all summer with the popular herbs – parsley, thyme, mint, basil, coriander and chives.  While you are there, have a look at what else is on offer… The VAT rules are complicated as some plants are both herbal/culinary and ornamental so...
Read more

Stevia leaf extract for sugar reduction

Stevia leaf extract for sugar reduction The Stevia rebaudiana – sweet herb of Paraguay is an interesting plant!  It’s a tender upright perennial with non-showy, white tubular flowers suitable for full sun in milder climates or filtered afternoon shade in hot climates in good garden soil.  Flowering time is late...
Read more

Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘Merveille Sangine’, Hydrangea Macro ‘Zorro’ (blue), Sweet Woodruff, Dryopterris filixmas ‘Cristata’

Hydrangea Macrophylia ‘Merveille Sanguine’, Hydrangea Macro ‘Zorro’ (blue), Sweet Woodruff, Dryopterris filixmas ‘ Cristata’ A lovely collection of plants at Downside last week – The Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Merveille Sanguine’ A stunning cultivar with mopheads of intense deep red florests turning to a deep rich plum (or royal purple if on...
Read more

Herbs at Downside

Herbs at Downside So many uses – what’s your favourite other than for cooking?   Planted together in larger containers make for a delightful ‘arrangement’.  I discovered celery leaf last year which is just brilliant. Another idea which has stayed with me for a long time was when visiting La...
Read more