Sow your own Chelsea Herb Border – please DO try this at home

Herbs can be grown, with beautiful effect, in small spaces. Jekka has proved this again at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this week. “What?” you may cry, “Jekka’s not doing Chelsea any more” Yes she is! Just not in the Grand Pavilion – instead, Jekka  launches her new range of herbal tea at her Pavilion Way booth (PW/30) at Chelsea this week.

Jekka, supping 'Bright & Breezy Brew' (Rosemary, Lemon Balm & Cornflower) at Chelsea 2011

Jekka also has over 100 herb seed varieties to choose from at Chelsea, and to illustrate their ease of planting in small spaces, has created an organic herbs border around her Chelsea booth.

Organic herbs, looking stunning, in a small space - Chelsea 2011

Please do try this at home. Here’s the plant list:

Allium schoenoprasum – Chives
Angelica archangelica – Angelica
Atriplex hortensis var. rubra – Red Orach
Borago officinalis – Borage
Calendula officinalis – Pot Marigold
Centaurea cyanus – Cornflower
Centranthus ruber – Red Valerian
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’ – Bronze Fennel
Fragaria vesca – Wild Strawberry
Hesperis matronalis – Sweet Rocket
Origanum majorana – Sweet Marjoram
Papaver rhoeas – Field Poppy
Perilla frutescens var. purpurescens – Purple Shiso
Petroselinim crispum – Parsley
Salvia officinalis – Sage
Savlia viridis var. comata – Painted Sage
Thymus ‘Fragrantissimus’ – Orange scented Thyme
Tropaeolum majus ‘Empress of India’ – Nasturtium Empress of India
Valeriana officinlais – Valerian
Viola tricolor – Heartease, Wild Pansy

If you saw Jekka on BBC Breakfast on Monday 23rd, you might be wondering which herb she mentioned that’s 20 times sweeter than sugar, minus the calories – it’s Stevia. And as for the organic pest spray: crush a clove of garlic into warm water, leave for about 6 hours then strain, and spray.

We’re also launching our brand new kitchen/garden apron, and herby teatowels at Chelsea, designed by another extremely talented member of the McVicar clan, Hannah – seen below, modelling the apron:

Our new apron, modelled by designer and illustrator, Hannah McVicar

Wondering what happened to our errant friend? Well, he made it into the RHS Chelsea Showground, onto our stand (Pavilion Way, PW30) and is actually making himself useful:

Shhh - don't tell - Borage the Gnome, watering Heartsease on our Chelsea stand

P.S. our absolute congratulations to Cleve West for his Gold Medal, Best in Show, winning garden – The Daily Telegraph Garden – at Chelsea. Stunning.
P.P.S. if you’re at Chelsea and hoping for Jekka’s Herbal Tea – hurry – it’s selling fast and stocks are limited!

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