A close up view of Winter Savory in flower in summer.

WINTER SAVORY [Satureja Montana] A hardy, evergreen herb with spicy/peppery scented, needle-like, dark green leaves.  It is one of the traditional flavouring herbs, and bears small white flowers.  Prefers a sunny well-drained site and grows up to 45cm(18") high.  Trim as necessary to maintain shape. Recommended planting distance for edging 30cm(12").

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CHIVES [Allium Schoenoprasum] A well known hardy perennial member of the onion family, which forms a compact clump of cylindrical hollow leaves, having a mild onion flavour, bearing purple globular flowers.  Both leaves and flowers are edible.  It prefers a sunny or partially shaded site, with well-drained rich to poor soil tolerated.  Whilst chives will die down during the depths of winter, they provide a very attractive edging throughout most of the year, the foliage contrasting sharply with other herbs and garden plants.  Average height 60cm(24").  Suggested planting distance for edging purposes 30cm(12").


GARLIC CHIVES [Allium Tuberosum] Grows a little taller than standard chives, with flat, solid edible leaves having a mild garlic flavour, bearing less dense, white,

star-shaped flowers.


Garlic Chives in full flower

(mid/late summer)


HYSSOP [Hyssopus Officinalis] A hardy virtually evergreen shrubby plant with narrow dark green aromatic leaves, bearing very attractive dark blue flowers on spikes in summer, which attract bees and butterflies.  A long-used edging plant, with traditional culinary uses.  Hyssop grows to a height of 60cm(24"), preferring a sunny site with well-drained soil.  Recommended spacing for edging purposes 30cm(12").  (The leaves may be lost during a very hard winter, but new ones will shoot in early spring).  To maintain a compact shape, cutting hard back in the spring is recommended.

A close up view of a Hyssop flower spike

ROSEMARY [Rosmarinus Officinalis]

A hardy, scented, evergreen, shrub with thin grey-green leaves (with white undersides).  Pale blue flowers are borne intermittently from late spring to autumn, and are attractive to bees.  The plant has acknowledged culinary and cosmetic uses.  Best trimmed as required after flowering to maintain shape.  Prefers a sunny well-drained site, and can grow up to 1.8m(6'), although the plants tend to be smaller and more fragrant on limey soil.  Recommended planting distance for hedging, 60cm(24").


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