There are just two and a half days until we’re off to the Malvern Spring Gardening Show, so it’s all hands to the herbs. Jekka’s been mocking up her herb display in one of our polytunnels: it’s a beautiful, subtle mix of mauves, such as Amaranthus tricolor ‘Red Army’ – Amaranth; Atriplex hortensis var. rubra – Red Orach; Lavandula x intermedia ‘Lullingstone Castle‘; Perilla frutescens var. purpurescens – Purple Shiso, and whites, such as Westringia fruticosa AGM – Australian Rosemary which will surround the centrepiece, which is one of our magnificent Bay Trees.
Some of our favourites this year include Salvia argentea AGM – Silver Sage: a beautiful, frost hardy biennial which has splendid, large silvery grey leaves covered in white hair – it’s an immensely tactile plant and has pinkish white flowers in the summer, adored by butterflies and bees. Also Teucrium marum – Cat Thyme: a frost hardy perennial, which has beautiful small pink flowers in summer, is extremely aromatic and is absolutely adored by cats, as well as bees and butterflies. Also Ugni molinae ‘Variegata’ – Variegated Chilean Guava: a frost hardy, evergreen shrub which has very pretty shell pink flowers in summer, followed by a delicious, sweet red fruit in the autumn – reputed to be Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit. And of course, we’ll be taking along Chenopodium bonus-henricus, Good King Henry.
In addition, we’ll have at least five different organically grown basil varieties, including Ocimum americanum – Thai Lime Basil and the very popular Ocimum x citriodorum ‘Siam Queen’ – Basil Siam Queen.
The plants on our display are all organically grown herb plants in pots which will be available to buy, along with Jekka’s signed books, greetings cards and seed collections from our stand OS543.
Jekka also joins Channel 4 TV’s Landscape Man, Matthew Wilson on a discussion panel at the Garden in Harmony Theatre on Thursday 12th at 11.30am, and then Jekka’s back again at 2pm for a talk on ‘Eat Native’, followed by a book signing of Jekka’s Herb Cookbook.
See you there!