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.
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.
Citronella grass is drought and sun hardy. We have a clump planted near the outdoor seating area which helps to repel the mossies when the leaves are crushed or bruised.
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.
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.
Lemon grass is a hardy tropical clumping grass which is best known for its edible stems. In the garden it can be grown on steep banks for erosion control, or regularly clipped to use the stems as mulch. When grown in moist soil the stalks are juicier and better for cooking purposes.
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.
Mugwort is a woody upright shurb that grows up to 2m. Mugwort has been used medicinally and spiritually throughout the ages. The leaf is also reported to be used as a culinary herb although we are yet to try it in any way.
The bright coloured flowers of the nastursium make it a real flowering event in our garden each year. Easy to grow, the flowers and leaves of this annual plant can be added to season salads.
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.
Pennyroyal is an aromatic perennial groundcover that is used as an insect repellent for fleas, ants, flies. It likes moist, partly shady conditions.
Tansy is a perennial herb with insect repellent qualities, repelling flies, ants and moths. For this reason it is a valued companion plant, worthwhile growing beside vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. This small shrub is not just useful but also ornamental, the fern-like leaves bring a layer of beauty to the front of any garden located in full sun or...