Wormwood – White Sagebrush, Arthemisia ludoviciana

artemisia ludoviciana

Grown for its magnificent silver-white foliage Full sun, poor dry soil, spreads. Can be burnt to repel mosquitoes. Wash used as a deodorant. Was used in ceremonies to drive away evil spirits. Astringent; was used to induce sweating.

Woodruff, Asperula odorata, pretty forest garden herb


Little sprawling plant for the woodland garden or shaded places. Very ornamental , it looks cute and dainty, especially when in flower. The flowers are white. Likes moisture, however, I never water mine. Wooddruff is mainly known for its use in ‘Maibowle’, were the herb is steeped in white wine together with strawberries or in … Read more

Willow Herb, Epilobium angustifolium

Perennial to 2m, sun or semi-shade. Easy to grow, spreads. Antispasmodic, astringent, demulcent, emollient, hypnotic, laxative and tonic used in the treatment of diarrhoea, mucous colitis and irritable bowel syndrome Prostate problems.

Vietnamese mint, Rau Răm, Persicaria odorata

Rau ram is indispensable in Vietnamese and Thai recipes and tastes spicy and peppery. It plant likes dappled shade and moisture; otherwise it is easy to grow. Vietnamese mint is pretty,  grows fast and colonises a patch quickly. In the Upper Mountains this herb will die back in winter and reemerge in spring. It can be … Read more

Valerian, Valeriana officinalis

valerian official

It is widely known that valerian root is used to calm the nervous system and helps you to sleep. Actually, you can use the leaves in a calming tea too, but with a weaker action.True valerian must not mixed up with  a cottage garden plant red valerian (Centranthus ruber), not very closely related. While red … Read more

Sweet Violet ‘Dilly Dilly”, Viola Odorata, bare rooted


This violet cultivar almost glows in true lavender blue. The medium sized flowers are held well above the foliage and the fragrance is exceptionally sweet. Bred by Dr. Judy McLeod and it used to be sold at the ‘honeysuckle cottage nursery’. Violets can be  grown in sun or semi-shade  and  prefers moist soil. The flowers … Read more

Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica

stinging nettle

If you don’t grow any medicinal plant in your garden at least grow nettles.Of course it is a weed, but aren’t most of our most powerdul medicinal herbs weeds? The uses of nettles include: treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the … Read more