Herbs

Herbs are one of the most worthwhile crops to grow in your garden – and they’re also extremely easy to produce, particularly in planters, tubs or beds. Grow and nurture an herb garden, and you’ll have a fruitful supply of ingredients that will add extra flavour to your home cookery, not least an attractive, fragrant plant in your outdoor space.

If you’re interested in growing an herb garden, you can do so easily whether you have a garden, balcony, terrace or window box. Herbs grow quickly and remain hardy even during periods of dry weather or in cold conditions – providing a dependable source of flavour for your culinary experiments.

A Huge Choice of Herbs

At Capital Gardens, we offer a huge array of herbs – some of which are more common than others. Whether you’re looking to grow classic herbs such as basil, chive, mint and parsley, or would prefer to grow unusual varieties like bergamot, chamomile and tarragon – we stock an abundance of herbs that are perfect scattered over soup or mixed in with a refreshing summer salad.

Whether you choose to grow herbs in containers, beds or on your windowsill, they’re easy to grow even for the most amateur of gardeners. Many herbs – mint, oregano, thyme, and rosemary to name a few – are perennials and will grow all year round, saving you a fortune in buying them fresh at the supermarket. All you need to successfully grow your own herbs is a sunny, sheltered spot with a plot of well-drained soil.

For more information on growing and cultivating your own herbs, call the Capital Gardens team today on 01442 875 037 and we’ll be happy to help you.

  • Basil Aristotle Thompson & Morgan

    The Basil ‘Aristotle’ is neat and compact with small mounds of leaves that have the most delicious flavour. Perfect as an ornamental or edible pot plant. Full of flavour with aromatic foliage that adds a delicious dynamic to all sorts of dishes. Perfect for growing on a kitchen windowsill or in a container on the patio.

    Sow your basil from February to June, or alternatively throughout the year indoors. Sow your seeds in free draining compost and cover with a light sprinkling of compost. Propagate at a temperature of up to 25C or seal in a polythene bag until after germination which will take up to 21 days. Keeping the compost moist at all times.

    Transplant into pots once the seedlings are large enough to handle.

    £2.99
  • Basilico Classico Thompson & Morgan

    Basilico Classico is one of the most popular varieties of classic Italian Basil. With a sweet taste, strong scent and distinctive flavour, they would make the perfect addition to a kitchen herb garden, or windowsill.

    Sow your seeds from February until June, or throughout the year for indoor cultivation out of season.

    Using free draining seed compost, cover your seeds with a light sprinkling of compost. Place in a propagator at a temperature of up to 25C. Alternatively seal inside a polythene bag until germination is complete, which can take up to 21 days. Make sure the compost is slightly dry at all times, watering very lightly as the seedling emerge.

    When large enough, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm deep pots and grow in cooler conditions.

    £2.99
  • Herb Basil Christmas Thompson & Morgan

    The Basil ‘Christmas’ is a delightful new basil, with a heady and intense Thai flavour. British bred, ‘Christmas’ produces large leaves that are glossy and uniquely flavoured with the classic mulled wine aroma that is associated with Christmas. The foliage will add an aromatic flavour to a range of dishes, in particular Italian recipes. Producing a profusion of attractive purple flowers, not only is this a perfect addition to a herb garden, they are also decorative; ideal for a kitchen windowsill, flower bed, border, or within a container on the patio.

    Sow your basil seeds from February to June, or indoors throughout the year for cultivation all year round. Sow on the surface of free draining seed compost and lightly sprinkle compost or vermiculite to cover. Place in a propagator at up to 25C temp, or seal inside a polythene bag until germination is complete. This usually takes between 14-21 days. Keep the compost slightly dry at all times, and water lightly when the seedlings emerge.

    Transplant your seedlings when they are large enough to handle, into 7.5cm pots and grow in cooler conditions.

    Height: 30cm (12î). Spread: 30cm (12î).

    £2.29
  • Herb Basil Classico Thompson & Morgan

    Basil Classico is one of the most popular varieties of classic Italian Basil. With a sweet taste, strong scent and distinctive flavour, they would make the perfect addition to a kitchen herb garden, or windowsill.

    Sow your seeds from February until June, or throughout the year for indoor cultivation out of season.

    Using free draining seed compost, cover your seeds with a light sprinkling of compost. Place in a propagator at a temperature of up to 25C. Alternatively seal inside a polythene bag until germination is complete, which can take up to 21 days. Make sure the compost is slightly dry at all times, watering very lightly as the seedling emerge.

    When large enough, transplant seedlings into 7.5cm deep pots and grow in cooler conditions.

     

    £1.99
  • Herb Basil Crimson King Thompson & Morgan

    The Basil ‘Crimson King’ is aptly named for its pure purple leaves. British bred, the foliage is uniform in its traditional cup-shape. ‘Crimson King’ makes an exceptional ornamental edible plant, adding a touch of unusual colour to your herb garden. Perfect for growing on the windowsill, or within a container or basket outdoors in summer.

    Sow your basil seeds from February to June on the surface of well-drained seed compost and cover with a light sprinkling of vermiculite or compost. Place in a propagator at a temperature of 15-25C, alternatively you can place your container inside a sealed polythene bag until after germination, which takes 14-21 days. Keep the compost slightly dry and water very lightly when the seedlings emerge. Transplant into 7.5cm pots and grow in cooler conditions once they are large enough to handle.

    Alternatively, you can cultivate all year round and out of season, if sown indoors.

    Height: 45cm

    Spread: 30cm

    £2.29
  • Herb Basil Large Leaved (Lettuce) Thompson & Morgan

    The Lettuce leaf basil features large and crinkled, extremely aromatic leaves. Their flavour is not as strong as other basils and they have been described as having a minty and clove-like taste, or mild and spicy. Perfect within salads and great for using within pesto and herbal oils, because of its lighter colour which offers something different to the traditional dark green sweet basil.

    A popular variety of Italian basil with larger leaves and is one of the most productive of basils. Also known as ‘Large Leafed Italian’, ‘Large Leaf Basil or ‘Crispum Basil’ the large, crumpled leaves can grow up to 10cm long. A compact and bushy plant that grows 30cm tall and is slow to flower, which means the harvesting period is longer. The leaves will hold their flavour even in hot conditions and in late summer will produce small white flowers that are edible.

    ‘Lettuce Leaf Basil’ is a wonderful variety to grow, and really come into its own within pizzas and sandwiches.

    They are a tender herb that prefers daytime temperatures of around 25 – 30C. They cannot withstand frost but can be grown all year round as a perennial if grown indoors.

    Grown indoors they are perfect for a kitchen windowsill, or if planted outdoors they will thrive in containers or soil. Grow in a position that receives full sunlight, with shelter to avoid cold winds. Bring your basil indoors if you wish to plant the seeds during the warmer weather in pots and bring inside to grow in a bright and sunny window.

    £2.29
  • Herb Basil Siam Queen Thompson & Morgan

    A very fragrant selection and distinct improvement over other Thai Basils. Basil Siam Queen has an extra large leaf size and large plants mean more of that intense liquorice fragrance. The bright green leaves make an attractive foil for the purple-red stems which bear violet-pink flowers. Basil Siam Queen is superb as a container plant on the patio where you can smell its aroma. Excellent for bedding edging and the vegetable or flower garden. Height 20-30cm (8-12in).

    £2.29
  • Herb Borage Thompson & Morgan

    A beautiful upright herb with rough leaves covered with silvery hairs and most attractive celestial blue flowers beloved by bees. Borage is an annual growing to 45-90cm (18-36in) which self seeds happily. Cooking: Add Borage to summer drinks and wines because of its, cucumber flavour. Chopped leaves make a healthy soup or YOUNG leaves can be dipped in batter and lightly fried until crisp. Finely cut leaves make a delicious sandwich filling. Companion Plant: Grow it close to tomatoes to attract bees which fertilise the tomato blooms, and anything else in the vegetable garden. Nature’s Remedy: Borage is a fine source of calcium and potassium and is recommended for toning up the glandular system, and all bronchial, lung and chest disorders. Prolonged use is not advisable. Special Note: Always check with your doctor before using herbs for medicinal purposes.

    £2.29
  • Herb Bouquet Dill Thompson & Morgan

    An exquisite dwarf form of this special, architectural plant. However, the charm of the original is not lost, as the ferny foliage is highly attractive and most delicate. Dill Bouquet is surprisingly compact, making it ideal for container growing.

    Excellent in the herb garden, and ideal for windowsill growing. Dill Bouquet is easy to grow.

    £2.29
  • Herb Chamomile Thompson & Morgan

    Daisy-like flowers with yellow centres and feathery foliage which has an apple smell when crushed. Apple fragrance. Makes a delicious soothing tea, skin wash and shampoo. Chamomile will grow in any soil, ideally in full sun. Height to 50cm (20in) but can be trimmed.

    Please note: This chamomile is not suitable for use as a lawn.

    £2.29
  • Herb Chervil Curled Thompson & Morgan

    One of the most delightfully flavoured culinary herbs, the ‘Chervil’ is widely used for its rich savoury flavour. It blends perfectly with fish and meat and is one of the few hardy annual herbs, for all round use. The leaves work perfectly chopped in salads, stews and dressings, and it can also be used as a garnish.

    ‘Chervil’ is one of the easiest herbs to grow. It grows quickly and will be ready to harvest in only six to eight weeks.         Preferring a cool and moist location with shade, simply scatter your seeds where you wish for them to grow. One of the prettiest plants within the herb bed ‘Chervil’ is lacy and dainty, it would even merit a place in the flowerbed too.

    Sow from February to September. Cover the seed and keep moist at a temperature of up to 18C. The germination process takes up to 2 weeks. Then grow in cooler conditions.

    You can also cultivate all year round, if grown indoors, from February onwards.

    £1.99
  • Herb Chives Staro Thompson & Morgan

    The Chive ‘Staro’ herb is a perennial allium that will produce for many years. They have a mild oniony flavour that is perfect as a garnish, or finely chopped into soups, salads or pasta dishes.

    Undemanding and easy to grow, they will return year after year with little attention needed. They are an essential addition to any herb garden, and will attract butterflies and bees into your garden too! They will also deter pests such as the carrot root fly, and will be the perfect companion plant.

    Directly sow your chive seeds outdoors, from early spring, in well prepared soil with direct sunlight.

    Alternatively you can grow your chives indoors or under glass from March until June- until the weather is warmer.

    £1.99