Herbs and Fruit
The Quirky Bird says:
Herbs are what got me into gardening as a child and I still love them 40 years later. There is nothing better than growing your own to use in the kitchen, for scenting the house or for one of the many other uses they have. Even drawing your hand through scented leaves as you walk past can make you feel better.
The herb garden we built in the nursery is one of my favourite places to work and be, surrounded by the scent of plants and the humming of insects, and of course David and I got married there in 2017.
Below is our current list of herbs and fruit in stock. With nearly 100 new additions across the whole plant list hopefully you will find something for your own garden. There are other pot sizes available for some of them and some plants are not listed as we have limited numbers. If you are looking for something not on the list, please get in touch.
“English Mace” A hardy perennial with clumps of cream flowers which flower for weeks. Bright light-
“Anise Hyssop”. A classic plant for both herb gardens and borders, it has upright
branches of mint-
Allium cepa 'Purutile'
Everlasting Onion . A non-
“Chives” A staple of the kitchen, chives grow well in a pot at the back door or in the herb or vegetable garden. With long flowering purple drumhead flowers, they are worth growing for the flowers alone. In my last garden I used them as a short summer hedge along the edges of one vegetable bed.
H 30cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Allium schoenoprasum, fine leaved
“Fine leaved Chives” A finer leaved form of the above if you like collecting variations
of plants, again plant in sun and well-
“Garlic chives” are a clump-
“Angelica” As well as being useful this plant is also worth growing for its architectural
size and shape. Young shoots can be eaten in salads, and the stems peeled and crystallised
as cake decoration. It also has various medicinal uses. Bees and other beneficial
insects will be attracted by the nectar. Plant in sun and well-
“Southerwood, “Lad’s love”, “Aipple Ringie” that reviver of childhood memories in Granny’s garden with its slightly odd, pineapple scented leaves. It can be used sparingly in salads or cakes and in potpourri. Makes a rounded bush. H 90cm, S 90cm. 2L pot £7.50
An upright deciduous perennial, with finely divided, highly aromatic grey-
H 1m, S 50cm. 1L pot £5.50
Artemisia absinthium ‘Lambrook Mist’ AGM
“Tarragon” Perennial grown for its aromatic, lance-
This lovely delicate-
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’
A dwarf evergreen shrub with finely cut silver leaves. The dull yellow flowers in late summer are insignificant and can be removed if desired. A great plant for pots, front of the border or in amongst pink, blue and white flowers. H 60cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague'
Also called Roman Chamomile, this is a lovely plant when grown as an ornamental edging
or groundcover for hot, dry sunny sites. This special non-
"Good King Henry" Used as a vegetable for centuries it was once a common sight in every garden. This reliable kitchen garden staple has fallen by the wayside in recent years and is now a rarity today, but this unique herb still has much to offer as a perennial. The succulent young leaves and flowering stems can be either eaten in salads or cooked like spinach, amongst many other uses. H 75cm, S 60cm. 9cm pot £3.50
An aromatic herb, green fennel makes a great, hearty clump of tall stems with fresh
green, feathery foliage and flat-
Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’
An outstanding plant with bronzy, aniseed-
“Sweet Woodruff”. This plant makes great ground cover in shade under trees and shrubs.
Whorls of bright green leaves appear in spring and are topped with tiny, white scented,
"Yellow Bedstraw". An upright native perennial with narrow leaves and dense clusters of yellow flowers in June to August. Plant in full sun or partial shade. H 60cm, Sp 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
“Curry Plant” The narrow, silvery-
H 60cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £7.50
"Hyssop" A semi woody plant from the mediteranean which prefers a warm sunny spot in the garden. Lovely vivid blue flowers appear in summer and are excellent for bees and insects. Hyssop grows to 60 cm and doesn't mind being trimmed, and is better for a hair cut every so often. Use the leaves sparingly in salads or in meat dishes and bean soups. 1L pot £5.50
"Bay" A popular evergreen herb which makes a small tree and is ideal for pots and
containers. It lends itself to being pruned and shaped and of course you can use
the leaves in stews and soups. Not always reliably hardy in Scotland but will survive
over winter in a frost-
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ AGM
One of the most reliable Lavender for growing in Scotland with its mass of deep violet purple flowers in midsummer it’s hard to beat.
H 55cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Lavandula x intermedia ‘Pale Pretender’
Long spikes of pale-
“Lovage” A tall growing herb that dies back in winter. Reaching over 5 feet it leaves have a celery type taste and it is useful in soups and stews. The seeds and roots have medicinal uses. Great for giving height and interest to the back of a border. H 2m, S 90cm. 9cm pot £3.50
A compact, clump-
“Lemon Balm” is a bushy perennial with broadly ovate with scalloped edges. Spikes
Melissa officinalis 'All Gold'
“Golden Lemon Balm” is a yellow leaved cultivar with very pale almost cream young
leaves fading to dark golden through summer. Spikes of creamy-
“Lemon Mint” A small mint with lemon scented leaves. Light green foliage and small flowers. Ideal for a pot near a seating area or at the back door.
H 30cm. S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Mentha longifolia Silver leaved
A great wee plant for ground cover with its semi-
H 25cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
“Spearmint” The traditional garden mint and one of the best for cooking with. It
has light purple flowers through summer over mid-
“Apple Mint” This is the one I use for cooking, it sits in a big bucket at the back
door where I can easily snip off a few sprigs. It goes particularly well with strawberries
and in homemade lemonade or a jug of water. With its woolly-
Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’
“Variegated Apple Mint” or “Pineapple Mint” This attractive mint has a lax habit
but will still take over the garden if not contained. The leaves have creamy-
Mentha x gracilis ‘Variegata’
“Variegated Ginger Mint” This is a lovely shorter mint with golden flecked leaves and a lovely scent. Be warned, it may short, but it will spread, so as with most mints, keep its roots contained. Small pale purple flowers appear in July, again a lovely mint to grow in a pot next to a garden bench or pathway.
H 40cm, S 90cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Mentha x piperita
“Peppermint” The pure black variety with strong scent and flavour. Contains antiseptic properties, excellent fresh or dried as a refreshing morning tea and for indigestion. It is a natural cross between spearmint and water mint. H 60cm, S 90cm. 1L pot £5.50
Mentha x piperata f citrata
“Eau de Cologne Mint” With its rounded green and bronze-
Baldmoney / Spignel is a Scottish native wildflower and clump-
“Marjoram” is an aromatic which originated in Egypt and Arabia. Today, it is commonly found in the Mediterranean region or grown in gardens around the world. In its varied forms it has many uses. As a culinary additive, it is commonly used to flavor soups, sauces, salads, and meat dishes. Cosmetically in skin cream, body lotion, shaving gel, and bath soaps. H 45cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
“Pot marjoram” A lovely low-
H 45cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Origanum ‘Rosenkuppel’ AGM
“Oregano” This small white-
H 30cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum
“Golden oregano” A robust creeper with tiny, rounded leaves. Small, pink or lavender to purple flowers stand out above the foliage in early to late summer.
H 45cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum Crispum’
H 20cm, S 25cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Origano vulgare 'Country Cream'
Bushy perennial oregano with attractive cream and green leaves and pale pink flowers in summer. Sprigs of leaves can be used for garnishing or finely chopped in salads and sauces. Good fresh or dried in Italian dishes. H 30cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
"Rosemary" A woody perennial herb covered in needle like aromatic leaves and lovely blue flowers n summer. Ideal for a sunny area where it can bask in the sunshine. Leaves are great in stews, savoury dishes or in Rosemary loaf which is a favourite of mine. H 100cm, S 100cm. 9cm pot £3.50
“Common Rue” A great foliage plant with its deeply divided aromatic foliage. Bright
yellow flowers appear in upright clusters through summer. Evergreen in sheltered
areas or semi-
“Sage” This pungent leaved staple of the herb garden likes a sunny well drained spot in the garden or in a pot. It has a slightly stronger flavour than some of the broader leaved species. The flowers are good to eat fresh or dried for a sweeter herb tea that helps to keep away winter coughs and colds.
H 60cm, S 60cm. 1L pot £5.50
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ AGM
“Purple Sage” An excellent plant with matt purple leaves that come to life when touched
by early morning dew. Spikes of pale-
H 60cm, S 90cm. 1L pot £5.50
A compact rounded shrub with woolly young shoots and (when crushed) aromatic, grey-
A Santolina that forms a compact, regular cushion which, over the years with careful
pruning, can look like a bonsai with a thick, knotty trunk. The foliage is aromatic
and glaucous green. Creamy yellow flowers 1 cm in diameter appear in June-
H 30 cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
“Winter Savoury” a white flowered perennial herb with strong flavoured leaves and can be used fresh or dried. Let it flower for the small, attractive white blooms that appear through summer. H 30cm, S 20cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Tanacetum balsamita ssp balsamita
“Costmary” or “Alecost” Mint-
H 90cn, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
"Feverfew" A pretty plant with strongly smelling foliage which has a huge range of
uses from relieving pain and migraines to easing sleeplessness and hay fever. The
white daisy flowers appear from July. Plant in sun and well-
H 60cm, S 45cm. 2L pot £6.50
A creeping that forms a low evergreen carpet of grey-
H 5cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
“Lemon Thyme” Similar in growth habit to Thymus vulgaris but the foliage has a pleasant
lemon scent. Lavender-
H 20cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Thymus herba barona
“Caraway Thyme” This thyme has wiry stems of tiny dark green leaves heavily scented
of caraway seed. The stems form a mat of foliage topped with pink and mauve flowers
in summer. Plant in full sun and well-
“Broad Leaved Thyme” Large leaves for a thyme as suggested by the name topped with
pink flowers through summer. Semi-
Thymus pulegioides 'Goldentime'
Similar to the species but shorter in growth habit and with bright golden leaves.
Grow in sun and well-
Thymus serpyllum ‘Albus’
A mat forming, very flat thyme with lighter green, rounded leaves and white flowers. A pretty addition to path edging or for growing between paving slabs.
H 7cm, S 45cm. 9cm pot £3.50
"Common Thyme" An ancient herb that loves sun and well-
H 30cm, S 30cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Apples MM106 = Semi-
M25= Very vigorous – height to 4m. Ideal for half and full standard
Damsons & Plums St Julien A = Semi-
Pears & Quince Quince A = Semi dwarf, the ideal rootstock for bush trees
All fruits are divided into 5 flowering periods from early (group 1) to late (group 5). This drives pollination. Each period overlaps with the one before and the one after. For example, a variety in flowering/pollination group 3 will cross pollinate with groups 2, 3 and 4. Crab Apples are excellent pollinators for any of the Apple trees.
By cutting a Maiden tree to a measured point above the ground level, several training techniques can be employed. These include Fan trained, Espalier, Cordon and Stepover. To form a simple Bush or Half Standard, prune off all lower branches (feathers) and leave the main leader of the tree undisturbed to ‘run on’. When the tree has reached approx. 2m, a further cleaning up of the stem to 1.5m can take place. The tree will form a natural head over time – Alternatively, simply plant in the ground and enjoy the fruits of your labour!
The fruit trees we sell are on semi-
Malus domestica ‘Christmas Pippin’
This delicious eating variety was recently introduced by one of Britain’s foremost tree nurseries. It is similar to a Cox but easy to grow and flowers heavily to give a beautiful display in spring and an abundance of apples in early October. MM106, Group 3. 12L pot £39.95
Malus domestica ‘Court Pendu Plat’
One of the oldest recorded varieties of apple, highly disease resistant, its French
name converted to ‘Corpandy’ by Scots gardeners in the 1800s. Flattish, green-
Malus domestica ‘D’Arcy Spice’
... and for Jane Austen fans and teenyboppers alike, a bright-
Malus domestica ‘Egremont Russet’ AGM
Malus domestica ‘James Grieve’ AGM
A reliable and well known Scottish variety for picking and eating in early to late October here and suitable for the drier east coast climate. Small to medium conical, greenish yellow fruits flushed and striped red and meltingly tender, juicy fruits that are superb eaten
straight from the tree. 12L pot £39.95
Malus domestica ‘Katja’ syn. ‘Katy’
An early eating variety with a lot going for it. Flowers abundantly making it a good pollinator, has high yields and good disease resistance. The fruit are bright red, sweet, juicy and with a hint of strawberry. Highly suited to growing in Scotland, it will ripen well even in a poor summer. Good for juicing and makes a palatable cider. MM106, Group 3. (Sweden 1947). 12L pot £39.95
Malus domestica ‘Rajka’
A variety developed for disease resistance, making it ideal for organic growers. Ready for picking in early October, the fruit are quite small but with a nice, even shape. A reliably heavy cropper. MM106, Group 3. Czech Republic 1983). 12L pot £39.95
Malus domestica ‘Red Pixie’
An underrated, red sport of ‘Pixie’ with good crops of small, red fruit, ideal for children. The fruit are finely flavoured, sweet and sharp, with a lovely aroma. Picking from October and store through to March. MM106, Group 4. (England). 12L pot £39.95
Malus domestica ‘Scotch Bridget’
Group 3. (Scotland 1851). 12L pot £39.95
Malus domestica ‘Scotch Dumpling’
A large, red and green cooking apple with very attractive, pink flowers in spring
that cooks to a well-
As well as being highly decorative with an extremely long season of interest (flower, foliage & fruit) these are ideal pollinators for Apple trees – plant one to ensure you have good and reliable crops in your orchard. Well known for making Apple Jelly, they contain high levels of both vitamin C and pectin.
Malus ‘Evereste’ AGM
A conical tree with dark green, lobed leaves and large, soft pink to white flowers in spring with small red and yellow fruits that hold well into winter and an excellent pollinator for apples. H 3m. 12L pot £39.95
Malus ‘Golden Gem’
Clouds of fragrant, pure white flowers are followed by large bunches of persistent, dainty little yellow fruits. Another brilliant pollinator but a little more compact. H 4m. 12L pot £39.95
Malus ‘Red Sentinel’
This is a medium-
Blackberry ‘Merton Thornless’
A mid season thornless variety producing medium to large sized fruits of excellent flavour. With its compact growth, this variety is suitable for small gardens and the thorn free canes make maintenance easy. Ideally plant in full sun or partial shade although Merton will tolerate shade. 2L pot £12.50
My favourite fruit and a great all year interest plant with lovely coloured spring
foliage, white bell-
Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
Deciduous and worth growing for the large leaves even if you don’t get any fruit. I grow mine in a large terracotta pot which goes in the unheated greenhouse for winter due to our hillside aspect. The flowers are insignificant, but if planted on a sunny warm wall or grown in a greenhouse you will hopefully get lovely fresh figs. H 3m. 7.5L pot £15.00
One of the most commonly known and grown varieties in this country, producing high yields of crisp tasting, yellow coloured fruit which is fully ripe by mid July. H. 1m. 2L pot £9.95
Cydonia oblonga ‘Serbian Gold’
A highly productive and hardy self-
Ribes rubrum ‘Jonkheer van Tets’ AGM
An early variety, cropping heavily at the beginning of July. Well known for its
juicy, red, jewel-
Ribes rubrum 'Red Lake'
This is an excellent cariety which bears an abundance of large, well flavoured berries on long trusses between July and August. Plant is sun or partial shade.H 2m. 2L pot £9.95
A popular old variety with late, cardinal red stalks with flecking at the top. The red flesh is tinged green in very thick stalks.
H 75cm. 1L pot £5.50
“Wild or alpine Strawberry” Often seen growing under hedgerows or in woodland, these native plants produce tiny, tart strawberries that are full of flavour. The smaller leaves also provide good ground cover. Runners are easily removed if they become too many. It makes an ideal candidate for a pot or trough or under hedging. H 10cm, S 1m. 1L pot £5.50
Strawberry ‘Cambridge Favourite’
This is one of the best known and well-
H 20cm. 9cm pot £3.50
Whitecurrent 'White Versailles'
One of the few varieties of white currant available. The fruit is large, light yellow and sweet, ready for harvesting early July. It makes a strong, vigorous, upright bush, cropping heavily. H 1.5m. 2L pot £9.95