This selection of annual herbs are easy to grow, quick to establish and provide large crops. They can be grown outside, either in the border soil or in containers, in a warm, sunny and sheltered position and are also suitable for growing on the kitchen windowsill, indoors. The collection contains 10 plants, 1 each of the following varieties:
Coriander - A good handful of coriander leaves added late will enhance any curry. Young coriander leaves are delicious in a salad of mixed leaves.
Dill - If you love salmon dishes, you must grow your own dill. The attractive, graceful plants look good in a cottage garden setting. Grown near carrots, it is said to deter carrot fly.
Bronze Fennel - Renowned for its bronze-purple feathery foliage, it makes a lovely addition to salads or a garnish for fish. Yellow flowers in the summer produce the aromatic, edible seeds.
Pot Marigold - Harvest flower heads on a sunny afternoon for use in herbal preparations that soothe and heal, recipes that call for golden colour, or a peppery garnish in salads.
Sweet Marjoram - With a spicy-sweet flavour, its leaves can be infused to create a tisane, chopped in salads or for flavouring sauces and casseroles.
Parsley Curled - Hardy biennial will over winter easily enough. Deserves a place in every herb garden - also grows well in pots. Dark green, tightly curled leaves are a culinary essential.
Parsley Italian Giant Flat Leaved - Has a stronger flavour than curled types and is often known as Italian or French parsley. Worth growing both plain leaved on curled types!
Golden Purslane - A more superior flavour than the standard garden purslane and very popular in French cuisine. The leaves have a peppery tang which gives them a nice contrast to other salad leaves. Can also be steamed or added to soups and stews, and it is a great addition in stir-fries.
Wild Rocket - If you like your rocket with the strongest possible flavour, this wild form with its divided and indented leaves is for you.
Summer Savory - This under-used herb as a thyme-like flavour and easier to grow than thyme – more tolerant of heavier soils. Superb with broad beans.