No garden, patio, balcony or window box should be without some herbs. Most are easy to grow and to manage, many do well in pots in small spaces, and together they will provide virtually year-round, tasty additions to a vast number of meals, so that no self-respecting cook can afford to be without them. Herbs can turn a meal into a feast.
While many have a classic pairing – rosemary with lamb, sage with pork, thyme with chicken, basil with tomato and oregano with pasta – the possible combinations are endless. Choose from annuals such as Mediterranean basil, fareastern coriander and delicately fragrant chervil, or from favourite perennials such as chives, with its mild onion flavour, aromatic sage and thyme, or others such as fennel and dill which complement fish dishes so well.
And don't forget parsley
– once regarded as little more than a garnish – in both its traditionally British curled form and its increasingly popular, French/Italian plain-leaved persona. Basil was rarely seen in British gardens 20 years ago, but holidays abroad and the stream of cookery programmes on television have transformed it into virtually our national herb. Our offer of several types underlines its great popularity with our customers.