The leaves and the flowers of the lavender are very popular for perfumes, soaps, scented bags and potpourris. Flowers are harvested before they opened. They are used fresh or dried. A lavender tea is relaxing and soothing; helps ease insomnia and reduces spasms. This herb can also flavored few desserts. Needs a dry and well drained soil and can be grown in a container on the balcony. Zone 5.
Mainly used as a trailing plant, this vigorous ivy produces an abundance of dark green leaves more or less shaped like a maple leaf. Makes an excellent backdrop for colorful annuals in outdoor planters, flower boxes or hanging baskets; can also act as a climbing plant on a trellis due to their aerial rootlets that develop along the stem. Needs a fresh and well drained potting soil.
The hollow stems and leaves of the lovage look like those of the celeri. Harvest the leaves as needed, they flavored soups, broths, stews, dips and sauces. Use them fresh, dried or frozen. Lovage has to be cultivated in a fresh, deep and rich soil. Reseeds easily.
The outstanding performance of this Alyssum is stunning! Snow Princess` is vigorous, well-branched, heat tolerant and easy to grow. It is cold tolerant and will form a carpet of honey-scented white flowers from the beginning of the season up to October. Can be used alone or with other vigorous or high plants.
The classic hybrid Mandevilla ‘Alice du Pont’ features an abundance of large, showy, radiant pink flowers and deep green glossy leaves all season long. Grown in a fresh and well drained potting soil, in a large container, this varitety is the star of terraces and balconys!
The leaves of Sweet Marjoram are used fresh or dried, alone or with other herbs to flavor many dishes. Its taste is milder than oregano. It is best to add during the last few moments of cooking for the best flavor. Needs a moderately fertile, even poor, soil. Can be cultivated in a pot on a balcony. Tolerates drought.
A watermelon contains up to 95% of water making it a delectable thirst-quencher. With its mild and sweet taste, it is eaten in slices or in fruit salads. Growing watermelons requires lots of sun. Has to be planted in the garden in June, in full sun and sheltered from the wind. Light, deep and rich soil. Needs lots of water during drought periods. When a melon is ripe Most people tap on the fruit and listen for a dull thump.
An exceptional sweet mint used to brew Moroccan-style mint tea. Harvest as needed during the season. The leaves can be used fresh or dried. In the border, the mint is cultivated in a fresh and well drained soil; in this case, the mint has to be planted with the pot otherwise it will be too invasive. Can also be cultivated in a large container or in a window box.
Peppermint is particular because of its stems and its veins of the leaves that are purple and because of its strong fragrance. Perfect with lamb, tabbouleh and yogourts. Can be used fresh or dried. In the border, the mint is cultivated in a fresh and well drained soil; in this case, the mint has to be planted with the pot otherwise it will be too invasive. Can also be cultivated in a large container or in a window box.
The mild mint is refreshing in lemonades, salads, desserts and pastries. It is part of many oriental cuisine. Harvest as needed, before blooming; the leaves harvested before blooming time have more flavor. Fresh or dried leaves can be used. In the border, the mint is cultivated in a fresh and well drained soil; in this case, the mint has to be planted with the pot otherwise it will be too invasive. Can also be cultivated in a large container.