Herbs & spices

Winter savory in flower

Winter savory

Tue, 25/05/2021 - 11:42am

Spicy, fragrant, warming. This little-known herb is perfect for cool weather meals, writes Penny Woodward.

Sweet cicely has a mild sugary aniseed flavour.

Unusual herbs to grow now

Thu, 24/09/2020 - 12:05pm

Sweet cecily and summer savory are just two flavourful culinary herbs you can easily grow in your own garden.

Herbs for spring

Sun, 16/08/2020 - 4:25pm

Most herbs are perfect for spring planting says Penny Woodward but its a bit early for basil.

raining gold

Ginkgo raining gold

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 11:59am

This tree grew when the dinosaurs roamed the earth says Penny Woodward.

Salad burnet flower

Salad burnet

Sat, 07/12/2019 - 3:00pm

Cucumbery salad leaf and a cure for a drunkard's thirst, what more could you want? Penny Woodward asks.


Heartwarming heartsease

Mon, 14/10/2019 - 2:13pm

In medieval times, Penny Woodward explains, heartsease was used in love potions.

Golden yellow flowers

Tree marigold

Tue, 10/09/2019 - 4:20pm

Flowers provide bright splashes of colour for many months says Penny Woodward


Statuesque angelica

Fri, 12/07/2019 - 2:32pm

Choose your spot carefully suggests Penny Woodward, before planting angelica.

Buckland oregano

Oregano and marjoram

Tue, 26/02/2019 - 11:44am

Penny Woodward says that oregano comes into its own at this time of year.


Hyssop highlights

Sun, 03/02/2019 - 2:10pm

Hyssop, says Penny Woodward, attracts bees and butterflies and dispels the ‘nits and itchings of the beard’!