Herbs & spices


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’!

English lavender 'Edgerton Blue'

Smell the lavender

Wed, 31/10/2018 - 5:22pm

Find the right lavender, says Penny Woodward, to use for its calming and relaxing effects.


Shungiku (chop suey greens)

Sat, 16/06/2018 - 2:56pm

Have you tried this interesting, flavoursome and nutritious plant, asks Penny Woodward.

Salvia lanceolata

Edible and useful salvias

Wed, 26/07/2017 - 1:38pm

Volatile oils in the leaves give salvias their scent and flavour explains Penny Woodward.

Native pepper

Discovering native herbs

Mon, 03/04/2017 - 12:11pm

Karen Sutherland investigates the unique flavours and aromas of many little-known native herbs. 

Bay tree leaves and flowers

The virtuous bay

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 8:00am

Plant a bay, says PENNY WOODWARD, it's one of the most useful trees you can grow.

Sage in flower

Savoury sage

Sun, 08/01/2017 - 3:37pm

Sage advice: used in medicine and cooking, it's well worth a grow in your garden says PENNY WOODWARD.