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and looks wonderful planted with woolly thyme, golden-leafed sage and low-growing rosemary.MayJune - September20 minutesSerrated-leafed lavender, Lavandula x christianaWoolly thyme, Thymus pseudolanuginosusGolden-leafed sage, e.g. Salvia officinalis
medalist, Jekka McVicar.Grass varieties from the Great Pavillion at the Chelsea Flower Show 2008.Vegetables at the Chelsea Flower Show 2008, with Alys Fowler's top 10 veg varieties to grow for beginners.
Jekka McVicar's 10 companion plantsJekka McVicar's organic herb garden achieved a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show 2009. We caught up with her at the show to discover her top 10 herbs for growing as companion plants.Companion planting
-Septemberall year round30 minutesGolden curly oregano, Origanum vulgare 'Aureum Crispum' x3Israeli sage, Salvia officinalis 'Nazareth' x2Rosemary, Rosamarinus officinalis x1Thyme, Thymus vulgaris x2Winter savory, Satureja montana x 1Terracotta pot (40 x 32cm) x1Peat
minutesTulip bulbs x4Primrose plants x2Sage plants x2Winter savoryIvy plants x2Thyme plants x2Honeysuckle plants x2Young pine plantLarge window box, compost and crocksPosition the window box in its final position, and place a layer of crocks at the bottom
after flowering to promote new growth, which you can use over winter.May-OctoberMay-October30 minutesBay, Laurus nobilis x1Flat-leaf parsley, Petroselinum crispum x1French tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus x1Greek sage, Salvia officinalis 'Greek' x2Lemon
Follow Monty Don's advice on propagating herbs by division, including how to apply different methods for dealing with fibrous and solid roots, and how to take cuttings from sage plants.springMore advice on growing herbsAdvice on growing herbsGrowing
.rosemary, lavender, sage, Russian sage, thymelate-summer, autumnAdvice on growing herbsTaking rosemary cuttingsDealing with cuckoo spit on herbsPicking herbsAdvice on growing medicinal herbsVideo demonstration of planting herbs in a window boxVideo advice on how
will give you some basics. Sage works well as part of mixed borders and thyme is always useful.Jekka's farm is usually closed to the public but there are 15 open days next year when everybody is welcome.
It's now May, and we're just 12 days away from building our display at the Chelsea Flower Show. We've had a few bouts of sunshine in the last week, during which I could literally feel the plants growing.The new Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus 'Black