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The Ultimate Herb Garden?

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Rummer
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Hello!

It is that time of year again when I have cleared my herb garden and I am now deciding what to grow for the coming season. Currently in my herb plot I have some thyme, chives and mint.

I am keen to plant some perennial herbs and ones that attract bees to the garden. Some may say grow the ones that you will use in cooking however we have not really used any other than the ones above and basil which we grow indoors.

Any suggestions of types or recommended suppliers would be great!
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  • VJsmum
    VJsmum Posts: 6,970 Forumite
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    Rosemary is always nice, easy to do from a cutting so I'm told.
    I wanna be in the room where it happens
  • tilly_willow
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    The bees seem to love my sage (grew it from seed), and you could argue that lavender is a herb and if that doesn't get the bees going nothing will :)
  • officeguru
    officeguru Posts: 725 Forumite
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    Hi

    Perennials:

    I would definitely add lavender.... French lavender is not as hardy... but I have english lavender and it survived last year's winter, which is really saying something... The bees love it.... beautiful smell and you can use it for cooking... It's beautiful on lamb.... What about golden oregano...I hate the taste of the stuff.... although I think 90% of pizzas bought in Britain has it in them.... but it is a very pretty and easily kept plant... Don't forget sage.... Use it for cooking, brilliant for sore throats... My life wouldn't be the same without rosemary...

    For something different, I bought a little tray of living plants from lidl last year, which were a selection of herbs for indian cooking... like a curry plant... etc etc.. it was definitely something different, so you could maybe keep an eye out this year...

    Hope this helps

    Sorry, I was interrupted by a phone call and by the time I posted it.. I noticed that some others had answered your questions....
  • Kyrae
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    I love growing herbs! I grow mine in a patch with other plants that were once traditionally used for healing, like feverfew, bergamot, borage, comfrey, echinacea, fennel, chamomile, valerian, lemon balm, etc. They seem to attract lots of insects and bees, and useful for making natural remedies too! I recommend Naturescape as a supplier, bought multiple times from them and always happy! :)
  • Rummer
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    Kyrae wrote: »
    I love growing herbs! I grow mine in a patch with other plants that were once traditionally used for healing, like feverfew, bergamot, borage, comfrey, echinacea, fennel, chamomile, valerian, lemon balm, etc. They seem to attract lots of insects and bees, and useful for making natural remedies too! I recommend Naturescape as a supplier, bought multiple times from them and always happy! :)

    That has really inspired me! I really like the idea of growing traditional plants with healing properties!
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  • LJM
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    i would definately say lavender for me it is just the smell of summer, i also love chives and basil and mint
    :xmastree:Is loving life right now,yes I am a soppy fool who believes in the simple things in life :xmastree:
  • rygon
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    What about different mints. I use peppermint quite a bit as i have a bad stomach and that certainly helps. Nice infused with different mints as well.
    Rosemary is great to grow as well, always use it in my cooking and very easy to maintain
    Smile and be happy, things can usually get worse!
  • Orange_King
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    I love Mint but it is such an invader! I would try to restrict it in the herb patch as best you can. I ended up lifting most of mine from its original location thinking I got the lot only to realise it had sprouted on the other side of the fence in the neighbours garden and it is now out of control!

    Basil is my other fav but never had home grown success and usually have to buy a plant. Any tips appreciated!
  • Willow92
    Willow92 Posts: 2,186 Forumite
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    I'd love to grow some herbs but I have no money at the moment. I used to have a basil plant in the window sill. Can you keep many herbs indoors?
    Savings £8,865.22 £/15,000 Aiming to save enough for a house deposit.
  • Antispam
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    Yes you can even buy herbs to grown in containers for around £1 @Poundland or buy herbs already grown to grow indoors at Morrisons.
    Willow92 wrote: »
    I'd love to grow some herbs but I have no money at the moment. I used to have a basil plant in the window sill. Can you keep many herbs indoors?
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