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.
The summer savory has a more delicate and milder taste than winter savory. Their culinary uses are the same; fresh or dried. It is best to add during the last few moments of cooking for the best flavor. Harvest before flowering. Savory enhances flavor of bean dishes, sauces, stew, meat, game animals, vegetables and salad dressing.
This thyme with a green and white foliage goes well in a rock garden or in a border in a light and well drained soil. Can be cultivated in a container on the balcony. Has the same culinary uses than the English Thyme. The leaves harvested before blooming time have more flavor. Use them fresh or dried. Zone 5.
The most subtle and delicate of the savories with zesty fragrance. Slender light green leaves with woodsy, thyme-like flavor on reddish, square stems excellent for flavoring green beans, vegetables, poultry, or infused in vinegar. Cut stems and hang in bundles to dry.
The lightly aniseed flavored taste of this bitter and peppery herb is useful to enhance flavor of tasteless food. The leaves harvested before blooming time have more flavor. Ideally, it is used fresh; dry, it has to be used parsimoniously otherwise it will hide the taste of other foods or herbs. Needs a well drained soil because it does not tolerate dampness. Can be cultivated in a pot on the balcony. Zone 4.
Fresh thyme goes perfectly well with sauces, eggs, tomato sauces, vegetables and stuffing. Harvest the leaves just before blooming time. Tolerates well long cooking, so ideal for stew, soups, cassoulets, tomato sauce. Great antiseptic, take it as a tea or as a steam bath at the beginning of a cold. Can be cultivated in a container or in the garden in a light and well drained soil. Zone 5.
The French Thyme is different from the English Thyme because of its narrow leaves that are consided to be more flavourful. Harvest the leaves before flowering when their essential oil level is higher; use them fresh or dried. The French Thyme has to be planted in an area where there is snow accumulation during the winter otherwise protect it with mulch for the winter. Light and well drained soil. Zone 5.
This is a worthwhile variety. It produces large, multiple-branched clusters of very sweet 2.5 cm fruits, with 20 or more fruits per cluster. We eat them as candies or in a salads. Grow in vegetable gardens or in large containers. Plant it in the garden when all danger of frost has disappeared in a rich and well drained soil. The soil has to be constantly moist. Water the plants with a lukewarm water. INDETERMINATE GROWTH.
This hybrid features clusters of plum shaped yellow tomatoes, 3.8 cm in diameter. Flavorful and excellent for preserves or salads. Production continues until frost. Plant it in the garden when all danger of frost has disappeared in a rich and well drained soil. The soil has to be constantly moist. Water the plants with a lukewarm water. INDETERMINATE GROWTH.
"DESCRIPTION: An ultra-compact, dwarf variety that is bred to thrive on windowsills, decks and in patio containers. Strongly branched plants produce masses of sweet fruits over a long season for continuous harvests. Grow both colors for a summer-long treat. (Determinate habit, but produces fruit all season long.) USES: windowsills, decks, patio containers."