The majority of herbs do best in a friable, well drained soil in full sun, there are a few herbs that grow well in partial shade. Herbs can also be grown in containers and will benefit from an application of liquid fertiliser as they grow.
Basil is an annual herb that thrives in the warmer season and repels asparagus beetles and flies. Basil is a good companion for asparagus, tomatoes and most vegetables. Basil produces sprays of bee attracting flowers in late summer and autumn.
Chives are not just a much used complement in cooking but also good to grow with carrots, improving both their growth and flavour. Chives planted near apples will assist in preventing apple scab. Chive tea can be used as a spray against apple scab or against powdery mildew on gooseberries and cucumbers.
Coriander is a tall annual herb resembling parsley. It has a reputation for repelling aphids and a good companion to anise, dill and chervil. Growing these herbs in rows between carrots and cabbages will protect them from these pests. When in blossom coriander is attractive to bees.
Dill is good to grow with fennel and coriander. Bees are attracted to its flowers and it’s a good companion to cabbage improving its growth and health. Carrots and tomatoes benefit from having it close by as it repels pests but the dill plant should be pulled out before it flowers. If left to mature it can greatly reduce that crop.
One of the most popular garden herbs that grows well in a moist, shaded position, can be invasive if conditions are favourable. If mint is planted near the house it deters mice. Mint is also known to repel cabbage white butterfly, caterpillars and the black flea beetle. Never plant near parsley as they don’t like each other.
Oregano makes an ideal ground cover for a sunny, well drained position, excellent for flavouring soups and pasta. Plant in the veggie patch to deter beetles and white cabbage moth, a couple of sprigs in the pantry will keep pests away.
An easy to grow herb that usually flourishes for everyone. The bees love it but aphids don’t, making it a good herb to plant near tomatoes, asparagus and roses. Often said to improve the taste of tomatoes and asparagus and also said to increase the scent of roses.
Hardy evergreen perennial herb bearing masses of small flowers, strongly aromatic foliage, leaves can be picked and used for flavour in cooking. Thrives in a sunny well drained position, can be used as a small hedge also suitable for container growing. Frost tolerant
Sage is not only used for flavouring in cooking and for medicinal purposes but will benefit your garden, protecting carrots against carrot-fly, cabbages against cabbage moth making cabbages more succulent and tasty. Good for attracting bees.
This aromatic low growing ground cover grows well in a sunny, well drained position and ideal for container growing. Often used in salads and to flavour tomato dishes. All plants growing near thyme are invigorated by it. Deters cabbage worm and attracts bees.