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Your One a Day Herb Garden
We have a wonderful collection of useful herbs for your herb garden. These herbs have been used in our free herb garden design. The medicinal and culinary use of each herb has been described. Here are some interesting facts about some of the herbs.

Use fresh herbs out of your own garden. They are so much more tasty and fragrant than the dried out ones you can buy at your store. These delightful plants should inspire you to grow them in your own garden?

The number for each herb corresponds with the number on the free garden design. You may want to have a look at a few pictures of herbs. The links below give a description of each herb.
  1. Rosemary
  2. Rosemary Picture
  3. Comfrey
  4. Sweet Cicely
  5. Lady’s Mantle
  6. Fennel
  7. Chive
  8. Salad Burnet
  9. Savory
  10. Lovage
  11. Tarragon
  12. Basil
  13. Lemon Balm
  14. Lavender
  15. Thyme
  16. Parsley

1. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

First on the herb garden design list is Rosemary. Rosemary is a very ancient herb. It has magnificent culinary and medicinal purposes it also has a very aromatic smell. The name Rosmarinus meaning is “Dew of the sea”. It was burnt in ancient times to clean up and clear the air.

A rosemary leaf is strong and should be used sparingly. It is delicious cocked with beans, tomatoes and lamb. Rosemary flowers, stripped of the calyx can also be used in salad. Consider using a Rosemary twig (stripped of their leaves) instead of skewers when you make kebabs for your next barbeques, it will add to the flavour.

Rosemary is also good for blood pressure abnormalities. It can level both high and low blood pressure. It may also help with headaches, fainting, fits, rheumatism and obesity.

Rosemary will grow well in most soil types, but it does prefers sandy, light and well drained soil. It is a hardy ever-green, and will flower in spring and autumn. It is an excellent plant for any herb garden.

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2. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Comfrey makes for an excellent mulch. Wait for two days before you begin chopping it up. The leaves soaked in water will make a great fertilizer. Comfrey is rich in minerals and good for your compost heap. Boiled comfrey leaves have been used anciently to knit bones, they harden once they are dry. They have also been used to ease burns, bruises and ruptures.

The leaves can be eaten, but research has indicated that comfrey could damage the liver. Comfrey will like sun or partial shade. It also requires a lot of moisture in order to grow well. It will grow well in swampy ground and it can attract bees to your herb garden.

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3. Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)

Cicely a handsome slow growing perennial is a very fragrant plant and has a lovely sweet anise flavor. Its tiny white flowers of Myrrhis grow in clusters. These must be cut off in order to retain the full flavour of the leaves.

Sweet Cicely is the “sugar saver” herb and can be used with your tart fruits. This herb also cuts down acidity. It reduces the amount of sugar needed. All you need to do is add finely chopped leaves when cooking your tarts.

It will be really sweet if you find a place for it in your herb garden. Cicely germinates easily from seed should be sown in early spring. It loves to grow in partial shade and moist soil.

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4. Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Lady’s Mantle reaches a height of 30-40cm and will get dainty yellow flowers. This herb is a perennial and has been chosen to complement the other herbs in the design.

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5. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare dulce)

Fennel is also a perennial. It will grow to 1.5m tall. It has finely divided feathery like leaves. It has got bright yellow flowers and a sweet anise flavor.

Fennel which is grown from seed, is a very hardy plant. It likes a sunny position and soil which is well drained.

Fennel is also well known as the “fish herb”. The seeds and leaves are used to give fish its lovely flavor. The attractive leaves also look great as a garnish.

An infusion of leaves or seeds is good for tired eyes or inflamed eyelids. Fennel is a diuretic, a mild laxative, it is also good for a detox slimming program.

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6. Chives ( Allium Schoenoprasum)

Chives are part of the garlic and onion family. They can be used in the kitchen. Not only do they taste good, but they also improve the appetite. Chives will cleanse the blood and ward off colds and flu. These plants like rich soil and a sunny position, but they die down in winter.

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7. Salad Burnet (Sanguisorba minor)

As it is native to the Mediterranean region. It is only grown from seeds. Sow your seed from late spring or early autumn. It is a hardy perennial and will stay green.

Burnet leaves have a fresh cucumber taste and is great used in salads. Leaves taste best when they are still young, tender and fresh. Burnet vinegar is also delicious when used in French dressing. The leaves may also be used in place of parsley. This is a very useful plant for any herb garden.

Chopped leaves and add to smooth cottage cheese, to make a tasty dip. An infusion of Salad Burnet will help to tone and refine the skin. Here is a recipe for your enjoyment.

Burnet Vinegar


10 tablespoons of chopped burnet leaves.
450 ml white wine vinegar.


Bring your wine vinegar to the boil. Add the crushed Burnet leaves and leave it to cool. Pour the mixture into a wide mouthed bottle and keep for two weeks, shake it every day. Strain your vinegar and re-bottle it.

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8. Savory (Satureia spp)

Savory a low growing annual, Grows between 20 to30 cm in height. Savory has long narrow leaves and tinny dainty blue and white flowers.

Summer Savory can be used to flavor fish, meat and eggs. It has a delicate spicy flavour to it.

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9. Lovage (Levisticum officinale)

This herb is a very close relative to celery, but it is 4 times the size. Lovage a perennial bears greenish yellow lacy flowers. It likes rich composted soil and will die down in winter. It also likes partial shade.

The Lovage leaves can be used in soups and stews. They may also be dried on a drying rack in a cool area on your patio. Store them in an airtight jar when dried.

Lovage can treat coughs and helps ease stomach pains.

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10. Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)

This herb which has a fiery taste roots look like serpents.

Tarragon also dies down in winter, but it will revive itself in the spring. They tend to loose their flavour as they get older. Cut down the perennials side shoots and replant them. Keep the new cuttings going for fresh growth and taste. Eventually you should discard the plant when it gets very old. This plant does requires moist soil and grows to 1 meter in height.

Tarragon can attract butterflies to your herb garden.

Tarragon is also good for compost because it will break down quickly.

Tarragon is can be used for acne. Put a leaf on a pimple to draw it out. It can also eases toothache when placed on the sore tooth.

Tarragon makes great vinegar and can be used in many dishes, for example a chicken stuffing or Mustards. You could also make a tasty herb butter form it.

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11. Basil (Ocimum basilicum var. “Dark Opal”)

Basil loves sun. It can be planted in both a vegetable and herb garden. When tomatoes are planted next to the basil they develop a lovely taste.

Basil is an annual, and also attracts butterflies. Dried basil will give off a spicy scent. Bunches of fresh basil when hung upside down, will keep the flies away. Just crush the leaves to release the smell.

Crushed basil leaves when massaged into the scalp is said to promote hair growth. It is may also be used as an antiseptic. Fresh basil leaves rubbed onto your temples could relieve a headache.

Basil and tomatoes go down well together. It will also go well with Aubergines marrow and squash. Basil’s taste can be overpowering and it should be used sparingly.

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12. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)

Mellissa is a popular herb garden plant. It grows all over the world. It is used in aromatherapy to help combat depression. Simply crush the leaves and you can smell the beautiful, uplifting fragrance.

Melissa will die down in winter. Cutting it back will encourage new spring growth. Melissa will encourage bees to visit your garden.

This herb will deter moths if hung in bunches in your cupboards. Melissa when mixed in aqueous cream sooths aching feet.

Mellissa is good for cheese and fish dishes. It is also tasty in salads mixed with cucumber, asparagus and celery.

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13. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

Lavendula likes airflow all around it and full sun. It both looks and smells beautiful. It is a much loved herb used for cosmetics and beauty.

Rodents will hate the smell of lavender. Sprigs of lavender rubbed onto the windowsill can discourage flies. Sprigs of lavender placed in between linen, will keep fish moths at bay. Lavender helps with sleeplessness. The fragrance is very soothing.

Lavender should not only be limited to a herb garden, it also makes for beautiful borders.

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14. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

This spreading evergreen perennial will grow to 45 cm in height. It is can be used as an antiseptic for mouthwashes. It could also be used to flavour meats, fish, soup, stews and herb sauces.

Thyme is also good for pimples. Thyme made in the form of a tea, sweetened with honey will help promote sleep. Thyme is also said to cure certain types of worm infestations in children.

There is a selection of different Thyme herbs select one that will complent your herb garden.

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15. Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Parsley has been in use for hundreds of years. Many call it the king herb.

Parsley is also very nutritious and a few leaves everyday will aid your body in many ways. It is good for your bladder and is rich in iron.

Parsley can be added to your cooked vegetables, salads, and stews. It makes a lovely garnish.

Grow your parsley near tomatoes and roses to the discourage insects. No herb garden should ever be without parsley.

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There are many more wonderful herbs that you could use in a herb garden. The above is just a small collection to get you started.

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