Parsley is often used as garnish for savoury dishes but also has many healing benefits. Some people take parsley by mouth for bladder infections , kidney stones , gastrointestinal disorders, constipation, diabetes, cough, asthma, and high blood pressure.
Fresh leaves or whole sprigs are often used when preparing meat or poultry. Thyme is also a mood booster, packed with vitamin C & Vitamin A. Also known as Thymol, an ingredient in many pesticides used to target bacteria and viruses, as well as rats, mice, and other animal pests.
Mint smells wonderful and is well known for its ability to relax muscles, soothe indigestion and serves well as a mild decongestant when you’re all stuffy and can’t breathe. This herb is also often used in fresh summer salads and beverages.
‘McConnell’s Blue‘ is the most widely grown rosemary. It bears small blue flowers in summer, and grows slowly but surely into a large bush. Prune and shape it regularly if you want a smaller, more compact shrub.
Spring onions are very young onions, harvested before the bulb has had a chance to swell. Both the long, slender green tops and the small white bulb are edible, and are good either raw or cooked. They have a similar flavour to onions, but are much milder.
'Tuscan Blue' is a fragrant evergreen herb with upright needle-like branches and dark blue flowers. It is milder than other varieties and can be used fresh or dry. It is ideal to plant in full sun in a water-wise garden as a hedge or even in containers..
Coriander is an annual herb and also known as dhania or cilantro. All parts of the herb is edible, but the leaves and dried seeds are mostly used in cooking. The seeds have a lemony citrus flavour when crushed.
Catnip has many medical properties. Both the dried leaves and flowers can be used to make tea, which is used to treat conditions like anxiety, insomnia, and headaches. The leaves and stems of the plant contain an oil that causes an chemical reaction that gives a cat a sense of overwhelming happiness and is often used in cat toys.
The bay laurel is a large shrub or small tree that is grown for its aromatic foliage and lovely pyramidal shape. Its dark green, leathery leaves form a dense shrub. Excellent as an ornamental plant in a container and thrives in Western Cape coastal regions.
A small perennial herb that is sweeter than sugar! Make a liquid extract by adding a cup of hot water to 1/4 cup of fresh and finely crushed leaves. Plant in warm, rich, well drained soil after the danger of frost has passed. Do not over water.
As a garnish, dill is excellent on cold soups, cumumber & yogurt, or on tzatziki and pairs particularly well with seafood. It is also good with spreads, sour cream, cream cheese, and lamb. Dill is a good source of fiber, calcium for healthy bones, riboflavin for cell function and development and iron.
This hardy, fast growing evergreen herb has a semi-trailing and compact growth habit. Corsican bears strong aromatic leaves and blue flowers. Ideal for hanging baskets and borders. Flowers and leaves can be used for culinary purposes.
This fast growing evergreen is drought tolerant, with a trailing habit, short needle-shaped bright green leaves and small pale blue flowers. Ideal as groundcover or for hanging baskets. Flowers and leaves can be used for culinary purposes.