Herbs have been grown in gardens for hundreds of years: most have a long history, handed down from generation to generation, with uses from medicine to cosmetics and beauty products to flavouring cooking.
Herbs are easy-going plants which can be tucked into almost any corner of the garden, but to plunge yourself into their fascinating world dedicate a sunny spot to a herb garden. You'll find it's full of fragrance and flowers all summer: and best of all, it'll quickly become part of your daily routine to pick peppermint for your tea, marigolds to brew up some face cream, or a bay leaf or two for the evening meal.
Possibilities with herbs
To start you off, here are some essential herbs for your herb garden from the wide selection in our garden centre in Trowbridge - Wiltshire:
- Culinary: mediterranean herbs to give your cooking flavour and colour, these include rosemary, bay, thyme, marjoram and parsley.
- Medicinal: make teas and tisanes to boost your health and well-being with peppermint, chamomile, echinacea and lemon balm.
- Cosmetic: moisturising cream, hair dye and face packs are all possible from herbs grown in your garden: try marigolds, soapwort (Saponaria), catmint and witch hazel.
These herbs are especially popular in the kitchen:
- Basil: basil is perhaps one of the most used herbs after salt and pepper. It is used in many dishes, but is especially popular in Italian cuisine. Think of pasta, salads, pesto, and pizzas. Basil is a good match with tomatoes because of its sweet taste. In addition, basil works anti-inflammatory and is good for digestion.
- Parsley: of course, parsley may not be missing in the kitchen. It is the dish decorator par excellence, but also delicious in soups, with fish, chicken and herb butter. Do you suffer from a garlic smell? Chew on a parsley leaf and you quickly have a fresh breath. Parsley also contains many vitamins, including vitamins A and C.
- Oregano: oregano has a strong taste and needs to be used in moderation. The herb is especially popular in Greek and Italian cuisine. It fits well in tomato dishes, with fried vegetables or potato dishes. Oregano also has a disinfecting and analgesic effect.
Get your herbs at Trowbridge Garden Centre
Visit Trowbridge Garden Centre and find the herbs you are looking for! Please ask the staff in our Trowbridge - Wiltshire garden centre for more information and advice about using herbs. We also offer a lot of other products as bulbs, annuals, indoor plants and more. You can find our location and opening hours on our contact page.