Grow Herbs

Herbs are a magnet for bees and pollinating insects. Grow them as a mix in a large trough or pot or in individual pots.

Of course they also make excellent plants for the border.

The lovely blue flowers of Borage are irresistible to bees and butterflies. Try putting a Borage flower in each section of an ice cube tray, cover with water and freeze, they look gorgeous in drinks!

Chives are a 'must have' – even the flowers are edible and look fantastic in salads - Coriander, Oregano and Basil of course. Thyme and Parsley are a necessity for the herb garden.

Common Thyme

The tall feathery foliage of Fennel looks wonderful in the middle or back of a flower border and the lovely blue flowers of Rosemary and the evergreen leaves are superb planted anywhere in the garden.

If you choose to buy Perennial Herbs as young plants, pot them into 3½in (7cm) pots as soon as you can. Don’t worry if they look a bit small, they will grow away very quickly once potted.

My herbs were very small when they arrived last year but once they were potted on they came on very quickly.