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ALECOST or COSTMARY Tanacetum balsamita ssp balsamita 90cm. Mint-balsam scented leaves and yellow-white daisy flowers. Use the leaves for flavouring salads or for adding spice to ale, or dried in pot-pourri. Plant - £2.00
c ALEXANDERS Smynium olustratum 160cm. Native to the mediterannean but found naturalised in east Anglia. A culinary herb with a parsley-celery like flavour at its best in early spring when the young shoots and leaves are most tender. Large green/white flowers and black seeds, both edible. Plant - £4.00
Seeds - £2.00
c ANGELICA (Lus nam buadha) Angelica archangelica Bi P 160cm. A stately plant bearing large spherical flower heads. The stems are excellent for taking the tartness from rhubarb, or may be candied for caked and sweets. Medicinal seed and root, mainly for digestion. Seeds available in late summer, short viability. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
a or c ANISE HYSSOP Agastache foeniculum Bi  75cm. Spikes of mauve-purple flowers, bedecked with butterflies and bees. Anise flavoured and scented leaves that make a fine fresh herb summer tea. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
ARTICHOKE, CHINESE Stachys affinis 30cm. Sweet and crisp white tubers. Excellent as a winter vegetable, either raw, boiled, fried or pickled. Plant 8cm deep and 15cm apart. Tubers (3) - £2.00
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 - £4.00
ARTICHOKE, JERUSALEM Helianthus tuberosus 150cm. A root vegetable from North America that is good raw, stir-fried, boiled, baked or pureed for a winter soup. Our variety is white skinned and fairly smooth. Tubers (3) - £2.00
c BALDMONEY/SPIGNEL (Muilceann) Meum athamanticum 30cm. Native to Scotland with creamy-white flowers and once used as a root vegetable. The feathery foliage adds an aromatic flavour to soups and vegetable dishes,the seeds have a spicy flavour. Plant - £4.00
Seeds - £3.00
BALM, DWARF LEMON Melissa officinalis compactum 30cm. For gardeners with limited space or wanting only the occasional leaf, this very compact deep green non flowering variety should be of interest. Plant - £3.00
BALM, GOLDEN Melissa officinalis aurea 60cm. A very attractive golden variegated form of lemon balm, with similar uses. Plant - £3.00
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 - £2.00
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 perennials. Usually available from may to september. Plant - £7.00
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 late april to early september. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
g BASIL, SWEET Ocimum basilicum HHA  30cm. Bright green aromatic leaves; an essential herb for tomato dishes, sauces, soups or salads.Plants available from april to august Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
BAY TREE   An evergreen shrub or small tree. use the leaves fresh or more flavoursome when dried in soups, stews, fish dishes or pickles. Grow in a container for northern or exposed gardens. Sorry sold out Plant - £7.00
BLAEBERRY/BILBERRY (Braoileag) Vaccinium myrtillus 45cm. Native deciduous undershrub with sweet deep purple berries for use in juice, jam, pies or wine. The leaves help lower blood sugar levels. Enjoys acidic moist soil, with a little shade. In the wild they often grow under the canopy of Scots Pine trees. Plant - £7.00
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 - £2.00
BUTTERBUR, JAPANESE / FUKI . Petasites japonicus P RR 15cm. A plant for the moist partially shaded wild garden where the early cream flowers and large round leaves should be appreciated. Butterbur stem and leaf are toxic when eaten fresh, but salted, blanched, cooled in ice water, and cooked again, provides a delicate vegetable. Plant - £3.00
c CAMAS Camassia esculenta 30cm. From NW America, early spring foliage followed by violet/blue flowers. The small edible tubers may be baked or roasted and have a chestnut-like flavour. Seeds - £1.50
Tubers (3) - £2.00
c CARAWAY (Carbhaidh) Carum carvi Bi  60cm. Sow outside in the summer, and harvest seeds the following summer. Sprinkle on cakes and bread. Good in soups and cheese. Medicinal. Seeds - £1.50
CARDAMOM Elettaria cardamomum TP  60cm. An attractive houseplant with deep green glossy leaves that are scented and flavoured; try the leaf in a delicate aromatic tea since it is shy to flower and seed. Grow indoors in a shady place. Plant - £7.00
CAROB TREE Ceratonia siliqua   An evergreen shrub or small tree from the mediteranean that produces edible fruit pods which can be dried and powdered. These can be used as a chocolate substitute in cakes biscuits and drinks. It is not hardy in the northern UK so grow as a half hardy perennial in a large container. Plant - £7.00
g CELERY HERB (Lus na smalaig) Apium graveolens Bi  90cm. The wild variety producing celery leaf flavour nearly all year round, medicinal.Sow under glass in the spring and plant out after last frost. Seeds - £2.00
a CHAMOMILE, DYERS' Anthemis tinctoria Bi  75cm. Lovely herbaceous plant producing masses of brilliant yellow flowers, good for cutting. Produces a yellow dye.Sow or plant outside in the spring. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
a or c CHERVIL (Costag) Anthriscus cerefolium A Bi 45cm. Delicate scented anise flavoured leaves for garnishing soups, salads or sauces. Sow in August for a winter supply. Seeds - £2.00
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. Plant - £2.00
a CHIVES (Feuran) Allium schoenoprasum 20cm. Subtle onion flavoured leaves which are snipped like grass for use in salads, omelettes, cheese or baked potatoes.Sow outside. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
CHIVES, BLACK ISLE BLUSH Allium schoenoprasum 30cm. R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit 1995. Our own light mauve flowered variety which 'blushes' with a deep pink flower centre. Use as for common chives. Plant - £3.00
a or g CHIVES, GARLIC Allium tuberosum 30cm. From China. An irresistible combination of wild garlic and chives, excellent in cream cheese or crowdie. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
CHIVES, PINK PERFECTION Allium schoenoprasum roseum 30cm. R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit 1995. Chives make a handsome border plant if allowed to flower; dead head to promote more blooms. Our distinct pink form adds variety and is good to eat. Plant - £3.00
CINNAMON VINE/CHINESE YAM Dioscorea batatus HP  2000cm. Hardy perennial late emerging vine to 2 metres/6 feet with flowers that have the scent of cinnamon and other spices. The large starchy roots which develop over several seasons can be cooked like a potato.We offer 10 small aerial tubers that should be first potted up then planted in early summer, or young roots ready to grow on. In wet or cold gardens grow in a polytunnel, provide support.The aerial tubers can be deep fried as a japanese "tempura " Plant - £4.00
Bulb - £3.00
CITRONELLA Cymbopogon nardus TP  90cm. A vigorous tropical grass from S.E. Asia, producing an oil that is used as an insect repellant, in perfume, soap, food, drink and medicine. The leaves may be used for cooking in a similar way as Lemon Grass. One of our favourite refreshing summer herb tisanes . Grow indoors all year round. Plant - £7.00
CORIANDER, VIETNAMESE Persicaria odorata HHP  60cm. An easily grown perennial with strong lemony coriander aromatic leaves used in SE Asian cooking.It is half-hardy so bring in to a frost free place for the winter. Plant - £5.00
a CORIANDER/CILANTRO (Lus a choire) Coriandrum sativum 60cm. Leaves and seeds for flavouring salads, curries, pickles and chutney. Sow outside or in a polytunnel in succession for a constant leaf supply.We can offer seeds by the gram, for example 10 grams for 3.50 Seeds - £1.50
COTTON LAVENDER , GREEN Santolina rosmarinifolia P.E.  30cm. A dwarf evergreen shrub that grows at some altitude in the spanish Sierra Nevada, usually in amongst Lavenders and Rosemaries. It has a distinct olive-like aroma and makes a good edging plant with yellow flowers for the herb garden. Plant - £4.00
c COWBERRY / LINGONBERRY (Lus nam Broileag) Vaccinium vitis-idaea 20cm. 'Red Whortleberry'. Highland evergreen herb. Pink or white flowers followed by red edible autumn/winter berries. Prefers acidic soil conditions and a wee bit of shade .Sow the seeds outside in the autumn. Plant - £5.00
Seeds - £2.00
c COWSLIP (Muisean) Primula veris/officinalis 20cm. Cheerful yellow-orange spring and autumn flowers. For winemaking, in skin lotions or in medicine.Sow the seeds in the autumn outside.They are now available by the gram,for example 2 grams for 6.50, 5 grams for 14.00. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
CRANBERRY (Muileag) Vaccinium oxycoccus 2cm. A creeping Scots native plant with tiny pink flowers and small juicy red berries.It is quite a delicate plant so grow on for one or two seasons in ericaceous compost until large enough to cope with native spagnum bog conditions, best planted in the spring. This is not the species that produces Cranberry juice (which is V. macrocarpus) Plant - £7.00
a or c CRESS, AMERICAN or LAND Barbara verna Bi  30cm. Similiar foliage, flavour and use as watercress. Sow in August for a winter supply. Seeds - £1.50
CROWBERRY (Dearcan feannaig) Empetrum nigrum P E 10cm. Native creeping evergreen with pink flowers and black berries, tasty in a mixed wild fruit salad. Prefers acidic conditions in rock garden. Plant - £5.00
a DILL (Dill) Anetheum graveolens 120cm. Fresh leaves for salads, fish dishes or cheese; seeds and leaves for pickling cucumbers or chutneys. Medicinally beneficial for infants' indigestion. Sow in succession for a regular supply of leaf.E can offer seeds by the gram, for example 5 grams for 3.00. Seeds - £1.50
a FENNEL, GARDEN Foeniculum vulgare   1200cm. A larger more vigorous variety that suits many gardeners. it has been selected from the wild species. Goes well with fish dishes, chop the leaves into salads or a sauce . Sow outside. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
a FENNEL, WILD (Lus an t) Foeniculum vulgare 120cm. This wild variety is more hardy, and produces seed more readily in the north, than the green garden variety. Try the seeds in bread & cakes for flavour and to aid digestion.The flowers and young green seeds make a tasty fresh herb tea . Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
GARLIC, Giant Allium giganteum 60cm. Large juicy bulbs with mauve flower spikes that store well. Plant in autumn or spring in rich ground. Bulb - £2.00
c GARLIC, MUSTARD Alliaria petiolata Bi  30cm. If you enjoy semi-wild cleansing spring salads, this easily grown native should be of interest, living up to its name. Sow outside but expect sporadic germination.Plants available in the autumn and spring. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
GARLIC, ROCAMBOLE Allium sativum var. ophioscordon 60cm. Red bulbed variety with a curled stem bearing bulbils. Plant out 10cm apart preferably in the autumn Bulbs (3) - £2.00
c GARLIC, WILD/WOOD (Creamh) Allium ursinum 20cm. 'Ramsons'. Bright white star-like flowers and broad tasty leaves in early spring ,excellent in cleansing salads or with cheeses. Under cultivation with additional compost, the bulb can grow to a large enough size to use in the kitchen. Moist, shaded site.Sow seeds outside in the autumn Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
GINGER, JAPANESE MIOGA Zingiber mioga HHP  60cm. In Japan, the delicate flower buds are blanched, chopped and eaten in miso soup, tofu, noodles,sashimi, tempura or sweet pickles. If allowed to develop they become fine yellow and white flowers. Enjoys a shaded moist site. Plant - £7.00
GINGER, TROPICAL Zingiber officinails TP  60cm. Native to south east Asia and extensively grown and used in food and medicine. Grow in a warm greenhouse in a semi- shaded place, lift and divide the rhizome in the winter, plant out young buds in the spring. Needs a temperature of 20 to 30 c to prosper. Plant - £5.00
GOLDEN SAGE Salvia icterina HPE  40cm. A golden leaved variety that adds colour , aroma and flavour to any herb garden Plant - £5.00
GOOD KING HENRY (Praiseach bra thair) Chenopodium bonus-henricus 30cm. The leaves substitute for spinach, and the young shoots are prepared and eaten like asparagus. Seeds - £2.00
GUM CISTUS Cistus landanifer HHPE  45cm. From the Spanish Sierra Nevada, a lovely evergreen shrub with slightly sticky linear leaves. These have a very sweet and warm scented aroma from which an oil is extracted for use in perfumes , drinks and food. Large white flowers appear in early summer. Grow as a HHP in a container bringing in for the winter in northern gardens. Plant - £9.00
HOP, DWARF Humulus lupulus compactum 200cm. Climber. A 'new' variety for the compact garden or large pot .Cut back last years stems and leaves in early spring. Plant - £7.00
HOP, GOLDEN (Lus na leanna) Humulus lupulus aureum 450cm. Climber. Very attractive bright yellow golden climbing foliage. Plant - £7.00
HOP, WILD (Lus na leanna) Humulus lupulus 450cm. Climber. Hop flowers flavour ale, and when dried in pillows allay insomnia and irritation. The dried leaves make a sedative tea. Plant - £7.00
HORSERADISH (Meacan-each) Armoracea rusticana 60cm. RR Plant in a rich soil, in an odd corner, or a sunken bucket. For suce try combining the root with grated apple and cream. Plant - £2.00
JUNIPER (Aiteil) Juniperus communis P E A small tree from 2-3m high which makes an excellent evergreen hardy hedge with blue berries for flavouring gin or in pickles, chutney, cheeses and marinades. Small Plant - £4.00
Large Plant - £9.00
JUNIPER, PROSTRATE Juniperus communis depressa. P E 10cm. Prostrate evergreen ground cover shrub native to Highlands. Oil of Juniper is much used in medicine. Plant - £7.00
LADIES' BEDSTRAW Galium verum 60cm. Aromatic foliage and flowers for pot-pourri, herb pillows, curdling milk, colouring cheese and a red dye for fabrics. Plant - £2.00
c LAMB'S LETTUCE OR CORN SALAD Valerianella locusta 10cm. A delicious salad herb especially in the winter, being very hardy. Sow in August for winter/spring cutting. Seeds - £1.50
LEEK, BABINGTON Allium babingtonii 90cm. An unusual wild vegetable found only in western Ireland and south-western England. Plant the bulbs in fertile soil 2cms deep and 15cm apart, harvest and cook as for the common leek. Bulb - £2.00
LEMON GRASS Cymbopogon citratus HHP  90cm. Strong lemony flavoured leaves which may be cut for use in drinks, stir fries and many oriental dishes; they also make a refreshing herb tea especially with a leaf of Stevia. Grow in a sunny spot in the house and outdoors only in warm summers. Available from may to september Plant - £7.00
LEMON MINT Mentha citrata 30cm. A small mint with a refeshing aroma and interesting flavour Plant - £2.00
LEMON MYRTLE Backhousia citriodara HHPE  2000cm. A small evergreen tree ( or shrub when pot grown) from northern Australia where it is grown in plantations for the distillation of a fine essential oil. Aboriginals use it when cooking with fish , but it can also be put into soups, stews,try coating cooked taties with the dried powdered leaves before lightly frying, delicious! The strong lemon flavoured leaves also make a refreshing herb tea. Grow outside in warm summers and bring to a cold greenhouse or similar place in the winter, repot every spring. Plant - £11.00
LEMON VERBENA Aloysia triphylla HHP  90cm. A deciduous shrub from south America providing us with a rich lemon scent and flavour. The leaves are excellent in drinks, or salads, and for pot-pourri.It is one of our favourite fresh summer herb teas. Lovely small white-violet flowers in late summer. Bring indoors for the winter in cold climates. Plant - £5.00
G LIQUORICE, EUROPEAN (Maide-milis) Glycyrrhiza glabra 90cm. Liquorice root is used as a sweetening and flavouring agent in food, drinks and medicine. This vigorous variety has a high sugar content and is free flowering. Grow in a cold frame in northern or frosty gardens Plant - £5.00
Seeds - £3.00
a LOVAGE (Luibj an liugair) Levisticum officinalis 150cm. A large herb with a habit and flavour reminiscent of celery. The chopped stem or leaf is popular in soups and stews. Medicinal seeds and root.Sow outside in early summer. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
c LOVAGE, SCOTS (Siunas) Ligusticum scoticum 60cm. Smaller native species with similar uses as Garden Lovage, better for a small garden.The Scots Gaelic name means "stormy" due to its preferred habitat on a rock face or just above a storm beach.In our gardens it would do well in a rockery or similar habitat. Plant - £3.00
Seeds - £2.00
MACE, ENGLISH Achillea ageratum 45cm. Massed daisy-like flowers and bright green aromatic leaves, for flavouring sauces and garnishing soups. Plant - £2.00
a MARIGOLD, POT Calendula officinalis 45cm. Marigold petals colour and flavour cakes, soups, cheese and rice. This is the only species of medicinal value, and a soothing skin ointment can be prepared from the petals.Sow outside in the spring in situ. We can offer seeds by the gram, for example 10 grams for 5.00. Seeds - £2.00
MARJORAM, DWARF Origanum vulgare compactum 20cm. Delightful late flowering small compact variety throwing clumps of pink flowers. Plant - £2.00
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 - £3.00
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 - £2.00
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 antibacterial and antifungal properties. Plant - £2.00
MASHUA/TUBEROUS NASTURTIUM Tropaeolum tuberosum 60cm. From the Andes, orange-red trumpet flowers and attractive yellow/red tubers. These have a peppery flavour when fresh, but vanilla-like when cooked. Reputed to have anaphrodisiac properties. The leaves are also tasty in salad. Grow like a potato- available from november to april. Tuber - £2.00
c MINERS' LETTUCE/CLAYTONIA Claytonia perfoliata. Bi  30cm. A very hardy salad plant with succulent leaves high in vitamin C. Sow in August for a winter supply. Seeds - £1.50
MINT, APPLE Mentha suaveolens 90cm. Woolly-green foliage, excellent for mint sauce and summer drinks.The late summer flowers attract butterflies . Plant - £2.00
MINT, BOWLES Mentha x villosa alopecuroides P RR 90cm. Originally from E. A. Bowles' garden. A larger form of Applemint with similar uses. Quite a collectors mint but allow it the freedom to spread . Rust free in our garden. Plant - £2.00
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.This is not a vigorous species. Plant - £2.00
a MINT, KOREAN Agastache rugosa 60cm. An oriental herbaceous perennial with mauve flowers loved by bees and butterflies. The fresh leaves make a delicate tisane. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
MINT, MOROCCAN Mentha spicata P RR 60cm. The variety the Arabs drink, add a drop of honey and /or lemon, if you wish, for one of the most refreshing of summer herb teas. Plant - £2.00
MINT, PEPPER 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 hybrid between spearmint and water mint. Plant - £2.00
MINT, RED RARIPILA Mentha x smithiana P RR 60cm. Unusual red-tinged foliage and a fruity scent. Goes well with peas, adding to the flavour and aroma. Plant - £2.00
MINT, SPEAR/ Spearmint (Mionnt gharaidh) Mentha spicata P RR 60cm. The usual garden mint for sauces and jelly. It is quite vigorous so keep contained, or plant in a semi wild area. Plant - £2.00
MINT, WATER. (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 - £2.00
a MITSUBA / JAPANESE PARSLEY Cryptotaenia japonica HHA  90cm. A popular and easily grown aromatic herb with a zesty celery-lovage type flavour.Good in soups, salads and tempura.Sow outside in the spring, and through the growing season. Seeds - £1.50
MYRTLE Myrtus communis HHP E 180cm. A fine shrub from southern Europe with glossy evergreen foliage, numerous white flowers and blue-black berries. The fragrant leaves may be used like bay leaves and the berries as a spice. Plant - £9.00
a NASTURTIUM. Tropaeolum majus HHA  60cm. A native of south america and a vigorous annual that creeps or climbs depending on the situation.The leaves and flowers have a peppery flavour for salads and spicy soups. The fruits can be pickled like capers. Sow outside in spring/early summer. Seeds - £2.00
a OATS (Corca) Avena sativa HA  60cm. Hardy annual cereal that has multiple uses in food and medicine, generally as a restorative internally but also externally for skin issues. Sow outside in the spring. Seeds - £1.50
OCA Oxalis tuberosa 45cm. From the Peruvian Andes, this attractive yellow flowering herbaceous plant produces a tasty tuber that can be eaten fresh, boiled, stir-fried or used in stews. Grow like a potato. Available from november to april. Tubers (3) - £2.00
ONION , POTATO Allium cepa aggregatum 15cm. A shallot-like small salad or pickling onion growing partially underground. Plant in early spring or autumn, usually available from september to february Bulbs (3) - £2.00
ONION , TREE, RED Allium cepa proliferum 60cm. The classic large upright variety with edible red aerial bulbs on divided stems, The foliage can also be cut for chopping into salads, stir-fries and soups. Plant - £2.00
ONION, EVERLASTING Allium cepa perutile 30cm. A non flowering perennial which produces profuse clumps of leaves, standing well through the winter. Cut and use like chives. Plant - £2.00
ONION,TREE."KIWI" Allium cepa proliferum 35cm. From New Zealand, a more shallot-like dividing bulb, producing slender foliage topped with dangling clusters of small salad- sized white-red bulblets. Plant - £2.00
OREGANO, GREEK Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum 30cm. White flowered, warm scented and hot spicy flavoured variety from the mountains of Greece.Use sparingly on pizzas, spaghetti, scatter the leaves onto "hot" salads. Contains anti-bacterial properties. Plant - £3.00
OREGANO, HIMALAYAN Origanum vulgare   30cm. From near Humla, north-west Nepal at 3600m . A hardy species with pink flowers that has a milder flavour than the white flowered Greek Oregano.Use freely in soups , stews, omlettes for its cleansing antisceptic properties. Plant - £3.00
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 - £2.00
c OYSTER PLANT (Tiodhlac na mara) Mertensia maritima 10cm. A very attractive creeping herbaceous perennial native to the coasts of northern and western Scotland. The trailing stems bear blue-green succulent leaves with an oyster-like flavour, and bright blue and pink flowers.The poetic Scots Gaelic name means " Gift of the sea ".Enjoys a well drained soil, sow the seeds outside in the autumn Plant - £5.00
Seeds - £3.00
a or c PARSLEY, CURLED (Pearsal) Petroselinum crispum Bi  20cm. The moss-curled variety for sauces, soups, salads and garnishing. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.50
a or g PARSLEY, FRENCH Petroselinum crispum Bi  30cm. Plain leaved vigorous variety with a slightly stronger flavour than the curled variety. Plant - £1.50
Seeds - £1.50
PENNYROYAL, CREEPING Mentha pulegium 10cm. Ground cover with a refreshing aroma and flavour. Insect repellent. 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 - £2.00
RAKKYO Allium chinense 20cm. In Japan this easily grown onion is used mainly in pickles. The strong flavoured leaves are also good to eat in salads and stir fries. Plant - £2.00
g ROCK SAMPHIRE Crithmum maritimum 30cm. Yellow-white flowers and succulent foliage which is excellent to eat either fresh, cooked or pickled.Its other name is "Sea Fennel "A native herbaceous perennial of the sandy or stony foreshore so grow in a well drained soil or raised bed. In northern/ upland gardens try it in a polytunnel for early delicate succulent shoots. Plant - £5.00
Seeds - £3.00
a ROCKET (SALAD) Eruca versicaria sativa 60cm. Grows like a rocket! Has peppery tasting leaves, excellent in pizzas. Sow outside. Seeds - £1.50
ROSA RUGOSA Rosa rugosa   150cm. A native from the seashores of Japan, China and Korea, and now cultivated in many temperate countries. It is very hardy, disease resistant and very suitable as a hedge or informal screen in exposed sites. The prolific dark red flowers, and large edible fruits have a citrus like flavour. ( remove the seeds first. ) Plant - £4.00
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 - £7.00
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. Plant - £7.00
ROSEMARY, CORSICAN BLUE Rosmarinus officinalis P E 90cm. A semi-prostrate medium blue flowered variety that has stood several hard winters. It combines a good aroma with flavour and enjoys a well drained soil or large pot. Plant - £7.00
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. Plant - £5.00
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. Plant - £7.00
ROSEMARY, PINK Rosmarinus officinalis roseus P E 90cm. Attractive pink flowers which are often in flower in the winter. has lighter green foliage bearing good scent and flavour. Sheltered site. Plant - £7.00
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 - £7.00
ROSEMARY, SEVERN SEAS Rosmarinus officinalis HHP P E 30cm. A good variety for growing in a container , bearing semi-prostrate branches laden with early dark blue flowers. Bring into a sheltered place over winter. Plant - £7.00
ROSEMARY, WILD. (Ros Mhuire) Rosmarinus officinalis P E 120cm. The blue flowered wild variety of the well known aromatic evergreen shrub. Use lightly with lamb, stews, roast potatoes, soups and herb butter. Select a sheltered site with low fertility and well drained soil. Plant - £5.00
SAGE , TRICOLOUR HHPE  25cm. A more ornamental Salvia with attractive mauve, green and white foliage. Prefers a sheltered site or bring inside in frosty or northern gardens. It can be used in the kitchen but has a milder flavour. Plant - £4.00
SAGE, BROAD LEAVED (Slan lus) Salvia latifolia P E 75cm. The broad-leaved culinary sage. Use the leaves in stuffings or cheeses. Plant - £3.00
SAGE, GOLDEN Salvia icterina HPE  40cm. A hardy golden leaved evergreen shrub that adds colour, aroma and flavour for any herb garden. Plant - £5.00
SAGE, NARROW LEAVED Salvia officinalis P E 60cm. The narrow leaved free flowering variety with a good flavour for the kitchen. The fresh flowers are also good in a slightly sweeter summer herb tea that helps to keep away coughs and colds. Prune back quite hard after flowering to promote young growth. Plant - £3.00
SAGE, PURPLE/RED Salvia officinalis purpurea P E 60cm. Non-flowering variety with attractive deep red/purple foliage containing antiseptic properties, excellent for gargling away sore throats. Add some honey to help with the healing. Plant - £5.00
SAGE, SPANISH Salvia lavandulifolia P E  30cm. Small dark green leaves and violet/ purple flowers. A good edible aromatic variety for the small garden or pot. Recent research suggests that it may help to improve memory. Plant - £3.00
a SALAD BURNET Sanguisorba minor P E 30cm. An attractive herb for the 'wild' rock garden, bearing deep pink flowers. The young leaves have a cucumber-like taste for use in salads.Sow outside in the spring. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
SANSHO./ JAPANESE PEPPER Xanthoxyllum piperitum 3000cm. A hardy deciduous shrub with aromatic edible leaves.These can be used in many traditional dishes for example with sesame tofu, soups and bamboo shoot rice. It does not produce seeds in northern areas of the UK . There are also various medicinal uses.Sorry sold out Plant - £9.00
SAVORY, LEMON Satureja montana citriodara P E 15cm. Lemon savoury flavour for adding a flourish to food. Grow in a rock garden and clip back after flowering. The flowers buzz with bees in late summer Plant - £3.00
SAVORY, 'PURPLE MOUNTAIN' Satureja montana P E 15cm. A small attractive shrub from the hills of south-east Europe. It may be used in all savoury bean dishes and the purple flowers later in the summer provide a bright garnish. Plant - £3.00
SAVORY, WINTER Satureja montana 30cm. This perennial white flowered variety has quite a strong flavour for bean and pulse cookery. Use fresh or dried. Plant - £3.00
c SEA HOLLY (Cuillion traghad) Eryngium maritimum 30cm. A most beautiful native perennial with green, blue and white veined foliage, topped by powder blue flowers, these colours mimic its wild habitat. Eryngo roots were once used in medicine, and candied as a sweet. Sow the slow germinating seeds outside in the autumn and cover with grit. Grow the plant in a well drained soil, sunny site. Plant - £7.00
Seeds - £4.00
SEAKALE Crambe maritima 60cm. Blanch the young shoots and use like asparagus; the young leaves make a good spring vegetable, and the white flowers are heavily honey scented. Grow in well drained soil, another seaside native with compatible colours. Plant - £2.00
SOAPWORT Saponaria officinalis P RR 30cm. Pink and white flowers in late summer. The leaves, stem or roots produce a fine soap for cleaning silks and tapestries.A plant for the wild garden only. Plant - £2.00
a SORREL, BROAD LEAVED (Samh) Rumex rugosa/acetosa   60cm. Use the leaves sparingly as a garnish for soups or salads. The juice of the leaves will curdle milk or make junket.Sow outside in the spring Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
a SORREL, BUCKLER-LEAVED Rumex scutatus 30cm. Smaller leaved, but with a less sharp taste than the broad leaved. The mashed leaf mixed with lemon juice and sugar may be used as a green sauce with meat.Sow outside in the spring. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
SORREL, PROFUSION 60cm. A non-flowering vigorous leafy variety for soups and sauces. Plant - £2.00
STEVIA (Sugar Plant) Stevia rebaudiana HHP P 60cm. A deciduous half hardy shrub from Paraguay, where it is sometimes used to sweeten Mate. We use the leaves either fresh or dried to sweeten any herb tea and recommend it as a good alternative to cane or beet sugar. Grow indoors in the winter and outside in the summer or in a polytunnel in northern garden. Available from may to september. Plant - £9.00
STONECROP, WHITE Sedum album 5cm. Small creeping succulent leaves, white flowers. Good for green roofs ,needs little or no soil, happily grows on rocks. Plant - £2.00
STRAWBERRY, HIMALAYAN Fragaria nubicola 15cm. Native to the Hamalaya at altitudes between 2-3,000 metres, this softly haired perennial bears white flowers in May and small red fruits with a pleasant flavour in July. Plant - £2.00
STRAWBERRY, WILD (Subh-lair) Fragaria vesca 10cm. Edible ground cover, with delicious flavour and fragrance especially when fully ripe.Birds leave them alone in our garden. Plant - £2.00
c SWEET CICELY (Cos uisge) Myrrhis odorata 90cm. White flowers and bright green foliage, scented and flavoured of anise. The leaves, seeds or roots may be used in stewing fruit, reducing acidity and sugar requirements.Sow outside in the autumn. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
c SWEET VIOLET (Fail chuach) Viola odorata P E 10cm. Spring and autumn violet flowers; used as a colouring and flavouring agent in food and confectionery. Medicinal. Shade in summer. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £2.00
TARRAGON, FRENCH Artemisia dracunculus 75cm. An essential herb for tarragon vinegar, sauces, soups, egg and chicken dishes. Our hardy variety has an excelent colour, aroma and flavour. Plant - £4.00
TEA PLANT Camellia sinensis v. sinensis HHPE  95cm. Our almost hardy variety originated from the Darjeeling area of West Bengal. When young,it is best brought into a cold greenhouse or polytunnel during the winter for northern or frosty gardens .Grow in a container using ericaceous compost or outside when larger in warm sheltered gardens. The young leaves can be made into green tea, either fresh or dried, or fermented then dried for " black" tea. Numerous creamy-white waxy flowers appear from late summer , followed with large seed pods. Plant - £11.00
TEASEL (Leadan an Fhucadair) Dipsacus fullonum Bi  200cm. A stately biennial growing up to 2 metres high, sow the seeds in situ in spring and autumn. The young leaves are edible and the root is used in medicine. The lovely egg shaped powdery blue flowers attract many insects, the seeds are eaten by goldfinches.The dried seed heads have bristles that can be used to tease out wool. Plant - £2.00
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 - £3.00
THYME, CARAWAY Thymus herba-barona P E 5cm. Compact hardy creeping variety with caraway like scent and flavour. Mauve flowers. Plant - £3.00
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 - £3.00
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 - £3.00
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 - £3.00
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, pizzas and many dishes. Plant - £3.00
TURMERIC, DOMESTIC Curcuma longa TP  90cm. From India, the well known rhizome used in curries and for colouring food and fabrics. It has many medicinal uses not only as a digestive but also for improving the circulation, respiration,lowering cholestorol and much more. Recent researchs links it with stroke reduction and some anti-cancer properties.Grow it as a tender perennial, minimum temperature 15 degrees centigrade, in a semi shaded greenhouse/conservatory.Use fresh finely chopped then stir fried for soups, sauces and curries Plant - £5.00
UDO Aralia cordata 1800cm. From Japan, Korea and China where it grows in woodland usually near to water.Here it grows well in a slightly moist fertile soil with a little shade. A very large vigorous handsome herbaceous perennial, so give plenty of space from other plants. The tender young shoots can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. The juice from the leaf and roots have a reputation for providing headache and pain relief. Plant - £7.00
a VALERIAN, RED Centranthus ruber 60cm. Striking clustered rose-red flowers loved by butterflies. The young shoots can be eaten as a vegetable when lightly cooked. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
WASABI no MONZEN Wasabia japonica 30cm. A variety that produces a larger finger-sized stem. It originated from the oldest Wasabi farm in Japan " Wasabi no Monzen" means in front of the gate of the temple. Grow in a cool moist border with plenty of organic compost and some shade, lift in the autumn and use fresh grated with sushi, using a ceramic grater , easy to grow. Plant - £9.00
WASABI or JAPANESE HORSERADISH, WILD Wasabia japonica 30cm. A perennial herbaceous plant from Japan with large heart-shaped leaves and small white flowers. The young leaves are good in spring cleansing salads and the stem has a strong mustard-like flavour, lift in the autumn/ winter. Enjoys rich moist soil and partial shade and is easy to grow,apply plenty of leafmould in the autumn to obtain a large stem. Plant - £7.00
c WELD (Lus bhuide mor) Reseda luteola Bi  90cm. Green-yellow flower spikes. An ancient and well used dye plant.Sow outside in the autumn Seeds - £1.50
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.Sow the seeds outside in the spring. we can offer them by the gram, for example 3.50 for 5 grams. Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
WOAD (Guirmean) Isatis tinctoria Bi  90cm. Ancient and modern dyeplant. Sweet scented yellow flowers.Sow the seeds outside in the spring Plant - £2.00
Seeds - £1.50
WOODRUFF, DYERS Asperula tinctoria 30cm. Creeping woodland herb with white flowers. The roots yield a red dye. Shaded site. Plant - £2.00
WOODRUFF, SWEET (Lusa-caitheamh) Asperula odorata /Galium odorata 30cm. Woodland plant with bright white flowers. Dried leaves scented of new-mown hay for linen bags and pot-pourri, medicinal. Shaded site. Plant - £2.00
YERBA SANTA / PEPPERLEAF Piper auritum TP  5000cm. A vigorous climber from Mexico producing very large aromatic leaves which are used to wrap food before baking. The leaf can also be fried at the base of a tortilla to give it added spicy aroma and flavour .The flowers are long, cylindrical and creamy-white. It is a relative of Piper nigrum - Common Pepper. An exotic plant that needs plenty of space and warmth in the winter . Not to be confused with Eriodictyon californicum . Plant - £11.00
YOMOGI / JAPANESE MUGWORT Artemisia princeps 90cm. Similar to the euopean mugwort in most respects but with other culianry uses, for example in a dish called "Kusa mochi" a sweet cake, or deep fried in a tasty "tempura". The dried leaves are used in "moxa" sticks. Our seed came from near Mount Fuji by some sculpted rock figures that represent the "bodissattva". Plant - £3.00
YUZU Citrus juno HHPE  2000cm. A small citrus tree from Japan.It is very popular there for juice and candied peel. Easy to grow and hardy in sheltered southern areas. Grow under protection in northern gardens using ericaceous compost . The distinct glossy leaves are full of lemon scent and flavour also.(Plants are about 15 cms high when sold) Plant - £11.00
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