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LAVENDER , LARGE WHITE PE  45cm. Lovely long stemmed white flowered form providing colour contrast in amongst the blue and/pink varieties. Plant - £3.90
ACONITE, SICHUAN Aconitum carmichaelii 90cm. Beautiful blue flowers in late summer. The poisonous rhizome is for qualified practitioner use only, externally for rheumatism and arthritis. Plant - £3.90
a or c ANISE HYSSOP Agastache foeniculum Bi  75cm. Spikes of mauve-purple flowers, bedecked with butterflies and bees. Anise flavoured and scented leaves. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
a MINT, KOREAN Agastache rugosa 60cm. An oriental herbaceous perennial with mauve flowers loved by bees and butterflies. The leaves are good for mint tea either fresh or dried. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
a WELSH ONION Allium fistulosum P E 30cm. Use the green leaves like chives for flavouring, especially in the winter. Has a milder flavour than the tree onion. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
a or g ARNICA Arnica montana 30cm. A protected alpine herb with yellow-gold flowers. Poisonous internally, but it provides a fine external treatment for bruises and sprains, and in homoeopathy for shock and injury. This is our own variety which is free flowering and vigorous. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
a BORAGE (Borrach) Borago officinalis 75cm. Brilliant blue flowers loved by bees. The cucumber flavoured leaves flavour drinks, and the flowers brighten salads. The seed oil is used to produce a health supplement. Seeds - £1.00
CARLINE THISTLE Carlina vulgaris P Bi 15cm. Thistle with a rosette of leaves producing a large round 'silvery' flower that dries well. It enjoys a rock garden type site and the root contains substances that help tone and clean the liver and urinary systems.If the flower heads are left on for the winter, they provide a "nest" for overwintering ladybirds. Plant - £3.90
CHICORY Cichorium intybus 90cm. A native perennial with fine light blue flowers enjoyed by beneficial insects. The young roots can be forced to produce " chicons", or dried for a coffee substitute. Sow outside in the spring Plant - £1.50
ARTICHOKE, GLOBE Cynara cardunculus/scolymus 170cm. A green globe variety that has withstood several long Highland winters. If the delicious flower bracts are not eaten, they make a very attractive large border flower. Plant - £3.90
b FOXGLOVE (Lus nam ban sith) Digitalis purpurea Bi  90cm. Purple bell-shaped flowers enjoyed by bumble bees. Contains a poisonous substance - Digitalin, used as a heart stimulant.Sow the seeds in a corner or in the wild garden .. Seeds - £1.00
a ECHINACEA ANGUSTIFOLIA Echinacea angustifolia 60cm. Deep pink 'coneflowers' and slender leaves. The root contains antiseptic properties that strengthen resistance to infection.Some botanists consider that this species is a sub-species of E.pallida. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £3.00
ECHINACEA PALLIDA Echinacea pallida 60cm. This more upright slender leaved variety has similar detoxicant properties to Echinacea angustifolia but is preferred by some herbalists. Plant - £3.00
a ECHINACEA PURPUREA Echinacea purpurea 60cm. The easiest species to grow, dark pink flowers that are very attractive to numerous varieties of butterflies and bumblebees, that flock and buzz around it on any summers day.With this species it is the the leaf that is often used to strengthen the immune system . Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
SWEET JOE-PIE Eupatorium purpureum 190cm. From N America, and named after an Indian healer. Handsome herbaceous plant, with purple stems and flowers. A restorative for kidney and urinary problems. Plant - £4.90
a HYSSOP, BLUE (Isop) Hyssopus officinalis P E 45cm. An aromatic evergreen bushy herb, bearing brilliant blue flowers. Excellent for sore throats, coughs, colds. A sprig in a stew provides a warm flavour. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.00
HYSSOP, WHITE Hyssopus officinalis albus P E 45cm. White flowers enjoyed by bees. Hyssop in food aids digestion and improves appetite. Plant - £2.00
HYSSOP, DWARF Hyssopus officinalis aristatus P E 20cm. Neat aromatic bush, ideal for rock gardens producing clumps of blue flowers in late summer. Plant - £2.00
HYSSOP, PINK Hyssopus officinalis roseus P E 45cm. Bright pink flower spikes. Hyssop leaf applied to the skin helps reduce inflammations, bruises and stings. Plant - £2.00
KANUKA Kunzea ericoides PE  90cm. A shrub or small tree from north island New Zealand and eastern Australia that is hardy in a sheltered site here in the north of Scotland It is similar to Manuka in growth and habit but has softer foliage with clustered small white flowers. The essential oil contains anti- bacterial and insecticidal properties. The pounded leaves and flowers were used by Maoris in a poultice for sores and wounds. Plant - £6.50
LAVENDER, LODDON PINK Lavandula angustifolia P E 50cm. Delicate pink flowers. Plant amongst blue flowered varieties for contrast. Small Plant - £2.00
Large Plant - £3.90
LAVENDER, HIDCOTE BLUE Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote P E 60cm. Deep purple-blue flowers. Makes a good dwarf hedge.The hardiest lavender we grow and able to withstand severe weather. Small Plant - £2.00
Large Plant - £3.90
LAVENDER, OLD ENGLISH (Lus-na-tuise) Lavandula angustifolia P E 90cm. Traditional cottage garden variety with light sky blue flowers. Use them fresh or dried in tisanes, baths, pot-pourri or linen-bags. Small Plant - £2.00
Large Plant - £3.90
LAVENDER, DWARF WHITE Lavandula nana alba P E 20cm. A small variety but with profuse white flowers. Plant - £3.90
LAVENDER, FRENCH Lavandula stoechas HHP E 30cm. Unusually shaped aromatic flowers from spring to early summer with distinctly scented foliage.This is the wild species which is a wee bit smaller but hardier than the hybrids and more aromatic . Plant - £3.90
a MOTHERWORT Leonurus cardiaca 90cm. A general tonic herb, 'allays nervousness, anxiaety and strengthens the heart, particularly for women.' Maple-like foliage and spires of mauve-pink flowers. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
MANUKA Leptospermum scoparium PE  3000cm. An aromatic evergreen shrub or small tree from New Zealand that can be grown in a sheltered border. It is hardy here on the Black Isle north of Inverness. We grow the wild species ( not a cultivar) which has myrtle-like foliage and white/pink flowers that appear here in april/may and july. The bees that feed on the nectar provide us with the well known health giving honey.The bark and leaves also contain medicinal properties. Plant - £6.50
GAYFEATHER Liatris spicata 45cm. 'Blazing Star'. Beautiful purple flower spikes. The tuberous root is used to help relieve sore throats. Plant - £3.90
HONEYSUCKLE, WILD (Lus na meala) Lonicera periclymenum 450cm. Climber. Subtle rose-pink, yellow and cream flowers with a honeyed scent. Pot-pourri herb. Medicinal Plant - £6.50
a BALM, LEMON Melissa officinalis 90cm. Lemon flavoured and scented leaves best used fresh in soothing drinks, salads, sauces and stuffings. Pot-pourri herb.Rub the leaves around the beehive or plant close as an attractant and nectar source. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
WATERMINT (Cairteal) Mentha aquatica P RR 60cm. Whorls of lilac flowers. A mild stimulant producing gentle perspiration, beneficial for colds and fevers. Moist site or waterside. Plant - £1.50
MINT, BASIL Mentha citrata varia   50cm. Basil-like aroma and attractive mauve flowers Plant - £2.00
PENNYROYAL, UPRIGHT (Peighinn rioghail) Mentha pulegium 30cm. Non spreading mint with a stimulating peppermint scent and whorls of mauve flowers. Medicinal but not during pregnancy. Plant - £1.50
MINT, MOROCCAN Mentha spicata P RR 60cm. The variety the Arabs drink, add a drop of honey, if you wish, for one of the most refreshing herb teas. Plant - £1.50
SPEARMINT (Mionnt gharaidh) Mentha spicata P RR 60cm. The usual garden mint for sauces and jelly. Plant - £1.50
MINT, APPLE Mentha suaveolens 90cm. Woolly-green foliage, excellent for mint sauce and summer drinks. Plant - £1.50
MINT, GINGER Mentha x gracilis varia P RR 30cm. Beautiful golden and green leaves, with a warm scent and flavour. Try it in salads and mayonnaise. Plant - £1.50
PEPPERMINT Mentha x piperita P RR 60cm. The pure black variety with strong scent and flavour. Contains antiseptic properties, excellent fresh or dried as a refreshing morning tea and for indigestion.It is a natural cross between spearmint and water mint. Plant - £1.50
MINT, LEMON Mentha x piperita citrata 60cm. Distinct lush lemon/citrus aromatic foliage. Plant - £1.50
MINT, EAU-DE-COLOGNE Mentha x piperita varia P RR 60cm. Rounded green and bronze-purple foliage with an exotic scent. Plant - £1.50
MINT, RED RARIPILA Mentha x smithiana P RR 60cm. Unusual red-tinged foliage and a fruity scent. Goes well with peas. Plant - £1.50
MINT, BOWLES Mentha x villosa alopecuroides P RR 90cm. Originally from E. A. Bowles' garden. A larger form of Applemint with similar uses. Rust free in our garden. Plant - £2.00
BERGAMOT, CAMBRIDGE SCARLET Monarda didyma 75cm. Traditional cottage garden favourite. Rich red flowers loved by bees and butterflies, and very aromatic foliage. The dried flowers make a sedative tisane. Plant - £3.00
BERGAMOT, LEMON Monarda didyma 75cm. Exotic lemon and bergamot scents combine in this pink flowered variety. Plant - £3.00
BERGAMOT, POYNTZFIELD PINK Monarda didyma 90cm. Deep pink flowers, very attractive. Another common name for Bergamots is " Beebalm " . Plant - £3.00
MORINA LONGIFOLIA Morina longifolia   60cm. From the Himalayan meadows and used locally as an ingredient of incense. An elegant herbaceous perennial with thistle-like leaves followed by beautiful white-pink flower spikes. The leaves have a citrus-orange scent similar to that of Calamus. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
g SPIKENARD, HIMALAYAN. Nardostachys grandiflora / jatamansi 15cm. A small but potent alpine with bunched jasmine scented rosy-pink flowers, now in decline in the high Himalayas due to overharvesting of the valerian-patchouli scented roots. The essential oil extracted from the root contains anti-fungal and anti- bacterial properties, that have a relaxing harmonising effect. It was used by Mary Magdalene to anoint the feet of Jesus. "Jatamansi" enjoys a slightly acid, well drained soil in a rock garden. If you have wet conditions, cover with glass overwinter. Plant - £7.90
Seeds - £6.50
CATMINT, GARDEN Nepeta mussinii 60cm. Aromatic grey-green foliage and lavender-like flowers. Loved by cats. Plant - £1.50
g BASIL, SWEET Ocimum basilicum HHA  30cm. Bright green aromatic leaves; an essential herb for tomato dishes, sauces, soups or salads. Available from april to august Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
BASIL, AFRICAN BLUE Ocimum killmanscharicum X O basilicum purpurescens HHP  60cm. This hybrid perennial is not only a stunning ornamental with variegated foliage and bright purple flower spikes, but it has a great scent and flavour. Grow on a windowsill/porch/conservatory in the winter, and outdoors in the summer.It is the hardiest of the culinary perennial Basils. Plant - £6.50
g BASIL, SACRED or TULSI Ocimum sanctum/tenuiflorum HHA  25cm. Holy Hindu herb, sacred to Krishna and Vishnu and traditionally grown by temples. A hardier variety for northern gardens, but with a slightly more spicy flavour. Basils contain antiseptic properties. Available from april to september. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
b THISTLE , SCOTS Onorpodium acanthium BI  2000cm. A large vigorous biennial with grey/white prickly leaves and classic mauve flowers. For heart conditions, cancers and ulcers. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
OREGANO, TOMINTOUL Origanum vulgare 30cm. Scotland also has it's own distinct, very hardy varieties. This one comes from the Grampians and has a mild flavour that can be used in quantity. Plant - £1.50
MARJORAM, WILD OR SCOTS OREGANO (Lus-Marsalaidh) Origanum vulgare 45cm. A hardy native herb producing tufts of rose-mauve flowers. Use the leaves and flowers freely in salads, drinks and sauces. They also contain mild antisceptic properties. Plant - £1.50
a MARJORAM, POT Origanum vulgare 45cm. An important herb for seasoning meat, egg dishes and stuffing, with a warm balsamic scent and mild aromatic taste. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
MARJORAM, GOLD Origanum vulgare aureum 60cm. A hardy variegated form of the wild marjoram with similar culinary or medicinal uses. Gold-yellow foliage and mauve-pink flowers. Plant - £1.50
MARJORAM, DWARF Origanum vulgare compactum 20cm. Delightful late flowering small compact variety throwing clumps of pink flowers. Plant - £2.00
c PASQUE FLOWER , LESSER Pulsatilla pratensis 30cm. A larger leaved form of P.vulgaris with drooping mauve or purple flowers usually showing at Easter. It is preferred by some homeopaths Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £2.00
c PASQUE FLOWER Pulsatilla vulgaris 20cm. Spring (often Easter) flowering herb with rich mauve-purple flowers containing golden stamens. Yields the homeopathic remedy Pulsatilla and has numerous medical uses. Suitable for the rock garden. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
ROSA MUNDI Rosa gallica versicolour 90cm. A small shrub rose, suitable for the informal garden. Large and numerous semi-double aromatic crimson flowers, striped and splashed with pink and white. Plant - £7.90
ROSEMARY, MISS JESSOPP'S UPRIGHT Rosmarinus fastigiatus P E 120cm. Has a more upright, compact habit. Rosemary leaves make a benficial rinse for dark hair; medicinally a tisane relieves headaches. Small Plant - £3.00
Large Plant - £6.50
ROSEMARY, 'LILIE'S BLUE' Rosmarinus officinalis P E 170cm. A hardy and prolific early blue flowered rosemary originally from wild stock, yet with good scent and flavour. It is named after my gardening grandmother. Small Plant - £3.00
Large Plant - £4.90
ROSEMARY, SEVERN SEAS Rosmarinus officinalis HHP P E 30cm. A good variety for growing in a pot, bearing semi-prostrate branches laden with early dark blue flowers. Bring into a sheltered place over winter. Small Plant - £3.00
Large Plant - £6.50
ROSEMARY, WILD. (Ros Mhuire) Rosmarinus officinalis P E 120cm. The blue flowered aromatic evergreen shrub. Use lightly with lamb, stews, roast potatoes, soups and herb butter. Select a sheltered site with well drained soil. Small Plant - £3.00
Large Plant - £4.90
ROSEMARY, BENENDEN BLUE Rosmarinus officinalis P E 90cm. Delicate and distinctive scented and flavoured foliage with lovely medium blue flowers. Sheltered site at base of south facing wall. Small Plant - £3.00
Large Plant - £6.50
ROSEMARY, PROSTRATE Rosmarinus officinalis P E  10cm. A dwarf variety with very early light blue flowers, which is very suitable for a small patio pot or windowbox. Plant - £6.50
ROSEMARY , WHITE MOUNTAIN Rosmarinus officinalis albiflorus HHP  10cm. A delightful creeping variety from the mountains of Spain. It is moderately vigorous with white flowers and is suitable either for the rock garden, "flowing" over a wall, or in a patio pot. Protect during frosty/ wet northern winters. Plant - £6.50
ROSEMARY, PINK Rosmarinus officinalis roseus P E 90cm. Attractive pink flowers and lighter green foliage bearing good scent and flavour. Sheltered site. Small Plant - £3.00
Large Plant - £6.50
RASPBERRY, WILD (Subh-craoibh) Rubus idaeus 150cm. Wild stock from our croft. Raspberry leaf tea has a good reputation for easing labour pains; externally it may also be used as an eyewash, mouthwash or for ulcers and wounds. Plant - £2.00
SAGE, NARROW LEAVED Salvia officinalis P E 60cm. The narrow leaved free flowering variety wit a slightly stronger flavour. The fresh flowers are good in a herb tea that helps to keep away coughs and colds. Prune back quite hard after flowering to promote young growth. Plant - £1.50
a BURDOCK HIMALAYAN , or KUTH / COSTUS Saussurea costus / lappa  P 150cm. Endangered in the wild due to overharvesting. Kuth is easy to cultivate as a large hardy herbaceous perennial. The aromatic root is utilised in Ayurvedic medicine and perfumery. Plant - £3.90
Seeds - £3.00
GOLDEN ROD Solidago virgaurea 75cm. Bright yellow flowers in branched spikes all summer, loved by bees. For treating stomach and kidney ailments and helping wound healing. Plant - £1.50
a BETONY WOOD (Lus bheathag) Stachys / Betonica officinalis. 30cm. Deep green toothed leaves and two lipped purple-red flowers. Used in herbal medicine for example to help combat nervous exhaustion, anxiety and headaches.Semi-shaded site. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.00
COMFREY, BLUE Symphytum caucasicum 60cm. Handsome plant with gentian-blue flowers and a more compact habit. Plant - £2.00
THYME, AZORICUS Thymus caespititius P E 5cm. Cushions of spiky leaves richly scented of orange-pine.Mauve flowers. Plant - £1.50
THYME, FRAGRANT/ORANGE Thymus fragrantissimus 30cm. Strong balsam-orange scented bush type with pink-white flowers. Useful in pot-pourri or try in an aromatic tisane. Plant - £2.00
THYME, WILD/MOUNTAIN (Lus an righ) Thymus polytrichus brittanicus P E 5cm. Very hardy. 'Carpets' of mauve flowers and aromatic foliage. Plant - £1.50
THYME, BROAD-LEAVED Thymus pulegioides P E 20cm. A very hardy large leaved semi prostrate variety with bright mauve flowers. Use like garden thyme. Plant - £1.50
THYME, GARDEN Thymus vulgaris 30cm. Neat evergreen bushes, bearing mauve-pink flowers, loved by bees and butterflies. Use a sprig as a garnish for all meat or vegetable dishes. Medicinally a mild and effective antiseptic. Planting close to beehives should help to reduce the varroa mite Plant - £1.50
THYME, COMPACT Thymus vulgaris compactum P E 15cm. A neat dwarf variety very suitable for the minimal garden, pot or formal edging. It has a good scent and flavour, use like Garden Thyme. Plant - £2.00
THYME, LEMON Thymus x citriodorus P E 30cm. Has a fruity flavour and a refreshing aroma. Excellent in salads, teas, herb butter and on fish and meat dishes. Plant - £1.50
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