Used both internally and externally since Egyptian times this powerful healing herb is even more widely used today. The medicinal properties of aloe vera have been applied to treat a vast array of ailments both in people and animals.
The Bay Tree has many qualities, with the edible leaf being a well known culinary herb. In the garden the plant has insect repellent qualities, acting as a guardian to nearby plants more susceptible to insect attack. Slow growing the tree will eventually reach heights in excess of 10 meters if left unpruned.
The Blue Agave is a drought hardy succulent well suited to water-wise gardens. Blue shaded leaves are long and fleshy tapering to a pointed spike at the end. The plant is native to Mexico and in ideal conditions can grow to a height of 2 meters. Commercially the Blue Agave is cultivated to make the alcoholic beverage Tequila.
Borage is a fast growing annual herb otherwise known as the Herb of Happiness. Both the flowers and leaves are edible and suitable for salads.
Gold-orange bite sized fruit bursts in your mouth with a sweet tart flavour. Eat raw, add to fruit salads, or make a desert using numerous recipes on the web. Grey-green soft heart shaped foliage and papery husks encasing the fruit makes this a very pretty small shrub when grown in suitable conditions.
Best known as stimulant for cats this perennial shrub also benefits humans. If mosquitoes are out we pick and bruise the fresh leaves then rub them over exposed arms and legs as a repellent. Prepared and taken internally this herb also has sedative effects which has been used to treat digestive complaints, migraines, nervousness and insomnia.
Small hardy compact herb with spectacular grey foliage. The curry scented leaves have moth and insect repellent qualities, some saying it even repels cats.
Dog Bane is hardy low growing dense shrub suitable for water-wise gardens. It tolerates dry poor soil conditions and will grow in full sun or part shade. Dog Bane is marketed with cat and dog repellent qualities and often named Dog Gone. Leaves are evergreen, succulent and pungent to smell when crushed.
Fleshy green ribbed stems bear large white flowers in Summer that bloom for one night only with a strong attractive fragrance to lure in pollinators. Delicious pink leathery skinned fruit with red flesh ripens during Autumn and is normally ready to harvest before Winter in the subtropics.
Fleshy green ribbed stems bear large white flowers in Summer that bloom for one night only with a strong attractive fragrance to lure in pollinators. Delicious pink leathery skinned fruit with white flesh ripens during Autumn and is normally ready to harvest before Winter in the subtropics.
This species of lavender is suited to growing in the sub-tropics. Flowers are a vibrant dark purple and the aromatic lavender leaves can be used as a pest repellent in the garden or in the home as you would with traditional English Lavender.
Long strappy green leaves are brought to life in Spring and Summer when bold yellow flowers emerge in the shape of a kangaroo paw.
Mother of Herbs is a prostrate herb that grows faster than any other in our garden. Highly aromatic leaves have a scent comparable to oregano and can be used to add great flavour to meat dishes.
Mother of Herbs is a prostrate herb that grows faster than any other in our garden, and the variegated form is just as vigorous. Leaves are very aromatic with a scent comparable to oregano and can be used to add great flavour to meat dishes.
The olive tree means much to many past and present civilizations. Pickled olives and olive oil grace kitchens everywhere and the tree itself is beautiful.
This well known culinary herb is a wonderful ground cover and companion plant to many, especially brassicas where it helps repel the white cabbage butterfly. Oregano can be grown in full or part sun and is drought hardy.
Flat Leaf Parsley and Curly Leaf Parsley are the two common varieties of parsley. We use parsley as an ornamental along garden edges near the kitchen door, very useful and decorative at the same time. White flowers bloom in summer attracting bees, butterflies and beneficial insects to the garden. For this reason parsley is a good companion plant to...
Pineapple Sage is a perennial herb growing up to 1.5m tall by 1m wide. Crushed leaves have an aroma of pineapple and the vibrant red edible bell-shapped flowers have a sweet pineapple flavour. Add the flowers to a fruit salad for some colour or enjoy the leaves as refreshing tea.
The Pomegranate is a small deciduous tree averaging 5m in height with a rounded crown of slightly weeping glossy mid-green leaves. The leathery skin can range in colours from yellow-green to deep pink-red, containing a large number of delicious highly nutritious seeds.
The Ponytail Palm is a slow growing, drought tolerant plant native to the desert regions of Mexico. The bulbus base of the plant acts as a storage tank for water and is also the feature that makes the Ponytail so unique and ornamental.
This portulaca is a hardy ground cover with succulent mid-green leaves and bright yellow flowers. Both the leaves and flowers are edible, and due to the presence of oxalic acid leaves should be eaten steamed or cooked.
It's hard to imagine a herb garden without Rosemary. This is such a versatile and well known culinary herb. The shrub grows to around 1m, taking up little room in the garden and adding beauty and fragrance when in flower during spring.
Yarrow is a beautiful and giving herb. The soft fern like leaves and seasonal sprays of flowers are a visual delight and the long list of uses never fail to amaze.