Manor Farm Herbs
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Manor Farm Herbs: Unusual herbs


Alpine Strawberry

Alpine Strawberry: Fragaria vesca 'Alexandria'

Fragaria vesca 'Alexandria'

Height:
15 - 30 cm (6 - 12 in)
Suitable for:
Moist soil in sun or shade. Ideal for pots and tubs.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is a popular perennial herb with white flowers and small scarlet berries and a delicious flavour. Cultivated alpine strawberries, unlike their wild relatives, do not produce runners and so are not invasive when planted in the border.

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Alpine Strawberry 'White Soul'

Alpine Strawberry 'White Soul': Fragaria vesca 'White Soul'

Fragaria vesca 'White Soul'

Height:
15 cm (6 in)
Suitable for:
Moist soil in sun or partial shade. Ideal for containers and as an edging.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

An interesting form of a perennial favourite with traditional strawberry shaped evergreen leaves. Alpine strawberry 'White Soul' has prolific white flowers followed by white/creamy coloured fruits over a long period from June to October.

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Angelica

Angelica: Angelica archangelica

Angelica archangelica

Height:
2 - 3 m (6 - 8 ft)
Suitable for:
Moist rich soil, in partial shade and full sun.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is a large strong growing herb that can be grown either as a short-lived perennial or as a biennial. It is a fine architectural plant with large bright green leaves and creamy white, fragrant flower heads. Due to its height and spread it makes a elegant feature at the back of the border.

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Artemesia 'Cola Plant'

Artemesia 'Cola Plant': Artemesia abrotanum 'Cola Plant' - A cultivar of the more common Southernwood

Artemesia abrotanum 'Cola Plant' - A cultivar of the more common Southernwood

Height:
1.5 m
Spread:
30 - 60 cm
Suitable for:
Sun or partial shade in most soils.
Price:
£4.08
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is a hardy herbaceous shrub which can reach 1.5 m in height, with silvery-green foliage and yellow flowers. As the name suggests the young tips both smell and taste of Cola, and can be used as a culinary herb in sauces, salads, roasts and drinks.

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Bergamot Red (Oswego tea or Bee balm)

Bergamot Red (Oswego tea or Bee balm): Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma

Height:
40 cm – 1 m
Suitable for:
Rich moist soil in full sun.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is a tall aromatic perennial herb which makes a great plant for the border. Brightly coloured scarlet flowers, along with their red/green bracts are produced in whorls from July until October. The aroma from the leaves resembles that of the bergamot orange which inspires its name. The foliage is used in herb teas.

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Bergamot Pink (Oswego Tea or Bee Balm)

Bergamot Pink (Oswego Tea or Bee Balm): Monarda didyma

Monarda didyma

Height:
50 cm to 1 m
Suitable for:
Rich moist soil in full sun.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Pink bergamot is a tall upright perennial which makes a great addition to any border. The aroma of the leaves resembles the bergamot orange, hence its name. Whorls of rose pink flowers last from July to September, and attract plenty of pollinators to the garden.

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English Mace

English Mace: Achillea ageratum (syn decolorans)

Achillea ageratum (syn decolorans)

Height:
30 - 45cm (12 - 18in)
Suitable for:
Well drained soil in a sunny position.
Price:
£4.08
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

English mace is a hardy perennial herb with finely divided fern-like foliage, which is vividly green and aromatic. Strong stems carry many small creamy white flowers in the summer.

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Cardoon

Cardoon: Cynara cardunculus

Cynara cardunculus

Height:
Up to 2 m
Spread:
Up to 1 m
Suitable for:
Deep rich well drained soil in a sunny position.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Cardoons are very closely related to globe artichokes. They are grown for their silver serrated architectural foliage, making a bold statement at the back of the border or herb garden.

Both the leaves and the unopened flower buds can be harvested for culinary purposes and they have extensive medicinal uses.

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Lawn Chamomile

Lawn Chamomile: Chamaemelum nobile ‘Treneague’

Chamaemelum nobile ‘Treneague’

Height:
10cm (4in) maximum
Spread:
20cm (8in) or more
Suitable for:
Well drained, stone free soil in full sun.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Chamomile is a creeping evergreen perennial herb, with strongly scented foliage. ‘Treneague’ is a non-flowering form ideally suited to growing as a lawn or planting as a 'growing seat'.

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Double Flowering Chamomile

Double Flowering Chamomile: Chamaemelum nobile 'Flore Pleno'

Chamaemelum nobile 'Flore Pleno'

Height:
5 - 15 cm (2 - 6in)
Spread:
15 - 20cm (6 - 8in) or more
Suitable for:
Well drained, stone free soil in full sun.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Flowering chamomile is similar to the cultivar 'Treneague' in habit and scent, but it also produces masses of creamy white daisy flowers in mid summer. It is a very good evergreen ground cover plant.

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Chicory

Chicory: Cicorium intybus

Cicorium intybus

Height:
Up to 1.4m (5ft) when flowering.
Suitable for:
Rich soil in full sun.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Chicory is a leafy perennial herb, which reaches up to 1.4m high when flowering. Flower spikes arise from a clump of foliage from mid summer onwards and florets of the most perfect sky blue are arranged along them.

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Cowslip

Cowslip: Primula veris

Primula veris

Height:
10 - 30 cm (4 - 12 in)
Suitable for:
Sheltered sun or semi-shade. Sandy soil with added organic matter. Ideal for containers.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Cowslips are spring flowering, clump forming perennials. Whilst they are becoming increasingly rare in the wild they are easy to grow in the garden with attractive green oval shaped leaves and deep yellow scented flowers.

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Curry Plant

Curry Plant: Helichrysum italicum (syn. angustifolium)

Helichrysum italicum (syn. angustifolium)

Height:
Up to 60cm (2ft)
Suitable for:
Well drained soil in full sun. Pots and tubs.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Curry plant is an attractive shrub with aromatic silver coloured foliage. Bright yellow, flat heads of flowers appear in summer and the whole plant smells strongly of curry especially after rain.

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Echinacea - Purple cone-flower

Echinacea - Purple cone-flower: Echinacea purpurea (Rudbeckia purpurea)

Echinacea purpurea (Rudbeckia purpurea)

Height:
Up to 60cm (2ft)
Suitable for:
Open sunny position in well drained, fertile soil.
Price:
£4.08
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is an ornamental, free flowering perennial herb, the daisy like flowers are large and purple coloured with orange cone shaped centres.

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Good King Henry

Good King Henry: Chenopodium bonus-henricus

Chenopodium bonus-henricus

Height:
60cm (2ft)
Suitable for:
Any rich well drained soil in the sun.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Good King Henry is a hardy perennial herb with succulent shield shaped leaves. It has many other names such as Lincolnshire spinach, Fat Hen or Poor-man's asparagus and has both many culinary and medicinal uses.

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Horseradish

Horseradish: Armoracia rusticana

Armoracia rusticana

Height:
Up to 60cm
Suitable for:
Rich, deep, moist soil in sun or shade.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Horseradish is a stout, upright perennial with vigorous spreading tendencies. It has long leaves up to 50cm long and racemes of tiny white flowers in summer. Home-made horseradish sauce is so superior to the shop bought variety that once tasted you will never buy it again!

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Indian Mint

Indian Mint: Satureja douglasii

Satureja douglasii

Height:
Trails up to 50cm
Suitable for:
Summer baskets and containers.
Available Spring 2019.

A summer special!
Indian mint is not a true mint. It is named for the lovely sweet minty aroma of its foliage. It is at its best grown in hanging baskets where it can trail up to 50 cm long. The trailing stems are covered in a mat of bright green shiny leaves and in summer there are plenty of dainty white flowers along their length.

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NEW   Lemon balm (common balm, balm mint)   NEW

Lemon balm (common balm, balm mint): Melissa officinalis

Melissa officinalis

Height:
Up to 70cm with a spreading habit.
Suitable for:
Rich moist soil with some shade.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Lemon balm, as the name suggests, has bright green lemon scented foliage — rather like large mint leaves to which it is closely related. Small, white, nectar rich flowers appear in mid summer which are very attractive to bees. A great culinary herbs with many uses.

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Lemon Balm 'All Gold'

Lemon Balm 'All Gold': Melissa officinalis 'All Gold'

Melissa officinalis 'All Gold'

Height:
45cm (18in)
Suitable for:
Any soil in partial shade
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

All Gold lemon balm is a heavily scented perennial herb with bright yellow foliage and a strong lemon aroma and taste. This is a useful herb for the shade and the All Gold cultivar does not seed all round the garden like the invasive green variety.

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Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass: Cymbopogon citratus

Cymbopogon citratus

Height:
Up to 1m
Suitable for:
Sunny position. Pot cultivation, indoors in winter
Available Spring 2019.

Lemon grass is a tropical herb widely used in oriental cooking and with many other uses. This plant produces an arching fountain of foliage with the edible part as a swollen base to each stem. As it is a native of a hot climate it is best grown in a large container and brought indoors before it gets cold in winter where it makes an attractive conservatory plant.

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Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena: Aloysia citriodora (Lippia triphylla)

Aloysia citriodora (Lippia triphylla)

Height:
2 – 3 m
Suitable for:
Dry, sunny, protected position, pots and containers
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Lemon verbena is a slightly tender perennial shrub with long pointed leaves, and the best lemon scent in the ‘herb world’, giving it lots of culinary uses.

With an elegant shape and lots of lemony aroma to the foliage, this is a great herb to grow near outdoor living areas.

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Lovage

Lovage: Levisticum officinale

Levisticum officinale

Height:
2m (6ft)
Suitable for:
Rich damp soil in sun or partial shade
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Lovage is a tall celery flavoured perennial with large green leaves and tiny yellow flowers. It is one of the earliest herbs to appear in the spring and its flavoursome leaves are welcome in the kitchen.

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Marshmallow

Marshmallow: Althaea officinalis

Althaea officinalis

Height:
Up to 1.2m (4ft)
Suitable for:
A sunny and moist or wet situation.
Price:
£4.08
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Marshmallow is a beautiful tall garden herb which is covered in pink flowers in summer rather like a smaller version of Lavatera. Yes, the sweets were originally made from this perennial plant, prepared from the roots which are particularly mucilaginous!

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Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet: Viola odorata

Viola odorata

Height:
10 - 15 cm (4 - 6in)
Suitable for:
Prefers a moist soil with some shade, also in tubs and pots.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Violets are a well known native woodland herb with dark green, heart-shaped leaves and small, sweetly scented dark blue flowers. The herb is easy to grow in most soils and situations and the flowers and leaves have a multitude of culinary, medicinal and cosmetic uses.

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Welsh Onion

Welsh Onion: Allium fistulosum

Allium fistulosum

Height:
30cm (12in)
Suitable for:
Sunny open position in well drained soil.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is a perennial type of spring onion, with a mild onion flavour, grown for their leaves in a ‘cut and come again’ way.

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Wild or Perennial Rocket

Wild or Perennial Rocket: Diplotaxis tenuifolia

Diplotaxis tenuifolia

Height:
60cm plus (2ft)
Suitable for:
Rich moist soil in a sunny spot.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This perennial form of rocket is becoming increasingly popular as a home-grown salad herb. Unlike salad rocket, an annual that readily goes to seed, the perennial variety can be cut over and over again, year after year.

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Salad Burnet

Salad Burnet: Sanguisorba minor

Sanguisorba minor

Height:
Up to 20cm (8in)
Suitable for:
Light well drained soil. Any aspect, except full shade.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Salad burnet is a perennial herb with a fountain of bright green divided foliage and small 'bottle brush' flowers in summer. The leaves have a distinct cucumber flavour.

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Stevia (sweet leaf)

Stevia (sweet leaf): Stevia rebaudiana

Stevia rebaudiana

Height:
Up to 35cm untrimmed
Suitable for:
Rich soil in a warm environment. Ideal for container growing. Protect from frost.
Price:
£4.08
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Stevia has been cultivated in South America for centuries. It is grown for the sweetening properties of its leaves. This is a tender perennial herb with pale green slightly hairy leaves, each of which is 20 – 30 times sweeter than sugar.

In the EU we can only sell it as an ornamental – as current legislation only allows it to be used in a restricted range of food products.

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Winter Savory

Winter Savory: Satureia montana

Satureia montana

Height:
30cm (1ft)
Suitable for:
Light dry soil in a sunny position.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Winter Savory is an easy to grow, perennial shrub with little pointed green leaves, which have a spicy, peppery flavour. This is a good versatile herb with many uses and well deserving of a place in the herb garden.

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Creeping Savory

Creeping Savory: Satureja spicigera (Satureja repanda)

Satureja spicigera (Satureja repanda)

Height:
Up to 5 cm
Spread:
Up to 30 cm
Suitable for:
Well drained to dry soil in full sun. Herb gardens, rockeries, complements creeping thymes.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is a low growing form of savory with aromatic dark green leaves, and whorls of pure white flowers later in the summer. As well planting in the herb garden as a culinary herb, creeping savory looks good planted alongside our popular creeping thyme range, extending the flowering season and adding another colour variation to the pinks and reds of the thyme.

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Red Veined Sorrel

Red Veined Sorrel: Rumex sanguineus

Rumex sanguineus

Height:
Up to 40cm
Suitable for:
Sun or partial shade in good moist soil
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is an easy-to-grow perennial herb with a distinctive tangy lemony flavour, used in salads and soups, and also as baby leaf for 'cut and come again' salad production. It has unusual and striking foliage - light green leaves with blood red veining, making it as attractive in the garden as on the plate.

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Broad leaved Sorrel

Broad leaved Sorrel: Rumex acetosa

Rumex acetosa

Height:
30 - 60cm (1-2ft)
Suitable for:
Rich moist soil in sun or partial shade.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Sorrel has large bright green leaves held on strong stalks, and looks similar to spinach. The inconspicuous reddish flowers are best removed. It is grown for the fine lemony flavour of the leaves.

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Sweet Cecily (Garden Myrrh)

Sweet Cecily (Garden Myrrh): Myrrhis odorata

Myrrhis odorata

Height:
Generally to 1m, but can grow taller in an ideal situation.
Suitable for:
Rich moist soil in sun or partial shade.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

This is an easy to grow herbaceous perennial with pretty feathery fern like leaves up to 40cm long. Umbels of frothy white flowers appear in late spring, followed by large ridged green seeds which turn dark brown as they ripen. The leaves, shoots and seeds have a sweet anise flavour and are excellent to use in many ways.

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Sweet Woodruff

Sweet Woodruff: Galium odoratum

Galium odoratum

Height:
Up to 30cm
Spread:
Infinite
Suitable for:
Shade and most soils but preferably moist, ground cover.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Woodruff is a low growing and spreading herbaceous perennial with attractive whorls of leaves up the stems. It flowers in late spring and the delicate flower heads are made up of lots of tiny white florets with a sweet scent.

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Variegated Landcress

Variegated Landcress: Barbarea vulgaris 'Variegata'

Barbarea vulgaris 'Variegata'

Height:
Low growing with flower spikes of 30cm (1ft)
Suitable for:
Moist and rich soil almost anywhere!
Available Spring 2019.

Landcress is a very hardy and attractive perennial herb and the variegated form has bold splashes of cream all over the dark green leaves. It is grown as a salad herb, the leaves have a peppery flavour similar to watercress.

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Vietnamese coriander

Vietnamese coriander: Persicaria odorata

Persicaria odorata

Height:
Up to 30cm
Suitable for:
Warm and damp conditions. Pots and containers.
Price:
£3.40
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Also known as Vietnamese mint, Cambodian mint, Hot mint or Laksa leaf, it is a tropical perennial whose leaves are widely used in the South East Asian cooking. The leaves have a strong citrus aroma and taste, similar to coriander but lemony and spicy as well.

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NEW   Wood S‍age (Woodland Germander)   NEW

Wood Sage (Woodland Germander): Teucrium scorodonia

Teucrium scorodonia

Height:
30 cm (up to 60cm when in flower)
Suitable for:
Most soils provided they are not waterlogged. Full sun or a little shade.
Price:
£4.08
Includes postage and specialist packaging.

Wood sage is one of our favourite herbs. Closely related to Germander and Lamium it has green wrinkled downy leaves and very attractive yet subtle, greenish yellow flowers from July onwards. It is an easy to grow native perennial, spreading to make a good sized clump and is very attractive to bees when in flower.

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