Paeonia Lactiflora – ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ – Peony – Herbaceous Peony

Paeonia Lactiflora – ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ – Peony – Herbaceous Peony

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is an herbaceous perennial to 90cm with divided foliage, erect stems bearing fragrant, rose-pink double flowers 20cm in width, with ruffled inner petals, flowering usually in early June for about 7 – 10 days. Lives up to 50 years. Sarah Bernhardt is a taller…

Artemisia Abrotanum  ‘Cola’ – Cola Herb –  Southernwood

Artemisia Abrotanum ‘Cola’ – Cola Herb – Southernwood

To prevent from spreading and becoming invasive it should be grown in a sunken container, with adequate drainage holes. Lift and divide each year in spring, replanting the younger, vigorous sections of the plant in fresh compost. There are two main cultivated strains of southernwood,…

Salvia Elegans – Pineapple Sage – Tangerine Sage

Salvia Elegans – Pineapple Sage – Tangerine Sage

Salvia elegans, commonly called pineapple sage or tangerine sage, is a perennial shrub native to Mexico and Guatemala. It inhabits Madrean and Mesoamerican pine-oak forests between 6,000 and 9,000 ft (1,800 and 2,700 m). Salvia elegans has tubular red flowers and an attractive scent to the leaves that is similar to pineapple. It produces numerous erect leafy stems and…

Aloysia citrodora – Lemon Verbena – Lemon Beebrush

Aloysia citrodora – Lemon Verbena – Lemon Beebrush

Lemon verbena is a perennial shrub or subshrub growing to 2–3 m high. The 8-cm-long, glossy, pointed leaves are slightly rough to the touch and emit a powerful scent reminiscent of lemon when bruised (hence the Latin specific epithet citrodora—lemon-scented). Sprays of tiny purple or white flowers appear in late spring or…

Helichrysum Italicum – Curry Plant

Helichrysum Italicum – Curry Plant

H. italicum is a small bushy evergreen sub-shrub with linear, silvery-grey, curry-scented leaves, and small yellow flowerheads in domed clusters Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family Asteraceae. It is sometimes called the curry plant because of the strong smell of its leaves. It grows on dry, rocky or…

Salvia Officinalis – Sage

Salvia Officinalis – Sage

Salvia officinalis (sage, also called garden sage, common sage, or culinary sage) is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae and native to the Mediterranean region. The second most commonly used species of sage is Salvia lavandulaefolia, which…

Eucalyptus Gnunnii – Cider Gum – Cider Tree

Eucalyptus Gnunnii – Cider Gum – Cider Tree

Eucalyptus gunnii, the cider gum or gunnii, is a species of flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, endemic to Tasmania, occurring on the plains and slopes of the central plateaux to around 1100 metres, with isolated occurrences south of Hobart. It is a small to medium sized evergreen tree. Older specimens have a short, massive bole and large, spreading branches. The bark is often persistent…

Hebe Addenda – Struikveronica

Hebe Addenda – Struikveronica

Hebe addenda or  Struikveronica   are evergreen plants ,  which grow about 70 cm high. Annual , but in not too severe winters, Hebe addenda can survive for a few years if in a  sheltered place. This long- flowing plant blooms from July to October. If you regularly remove the flowers, the plant stays in bloom for a long time.…

Wormwood – Artemisia absinthium

Wormwood – Artemisia absinthium

Artemisia absinthium (absinthe, absinthium, absinthe wormwood, wormwood ) is a species of Artemisia, native to temperate regions of Eurasia and Northern Africa and widely naturalized in Canada and the northern United States.  It is grown as an ornamental plant and is used as an ingredient in the spirit…

Thyme – Thymus

Thyme – Thymus

Thyme (/ˈtaɪm/) is an evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris. Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum. Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The ancient…