Herbs & spices

Bright green leaves of French tarragon

French tarragon

December 2015

With a delicious, mellow aniseed flavour, PENNY WOODWARD says French tarragon should be in everyone's garden.

Edible fishy leaves

A strange fish

October 2015

Lizard tail, heartleaf and swamp pepper are other names for this intriguing edible plant, writes PENNY WOODWARD.

Yellow button flowers of santolina

Sun-loving santolina

December 2014

PENNY WOODWARD says grey-leafed plants like santolina thrive in hot, dry weather.

Dill flower

Dill is for digestion

December 2014

This ‘gallant expeller of wind’ eases indigestion caused by Christmas fare, says PENNY WOODWARD.

Bright orange turmeric

Why not try turmeric?

November 2014

Turmeric is easier to grow than ginger, says PENNY WOODWARD, and has many varied uses.

Spicy sprawling nasturtiums

Flower snatchers

July 2014

STEVE PAYNE contemplates his profusely performing nasturtiums that have forgotten it is mid-winter.

Tea Camellia

Bush tea saves the day

February 2014

After a hard morning gardening, a cup of bush tea makes a refreshing pick-me-up.

Purple chive flowers

Chives

October 2013

Spring is such a lovely time in the garden with an abundance of flowers. Chives is a very useful and quietly pretty plant that is often overlooked amongst this profusion.

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