Shakespearean Flowers - Sweet violet, marigold and columbine appear in Twelfth night, A Winter’s Tale and Hamlet and have been chosen for their exceptional beauty. Shakespeare describes over fifty different varieties of flower in his plays and sonnets, using them as symbolic motifs and euphemisms as well as to evoke a powerful sense of place and atmosphere for his audience.
Beer - Create your very own flavoured beers, bitters and ales with this trio of handsome, fragrant plants. Anise is an ornamental herb which produces clouds of lacy white flowers and sweet, liquorice-like seeds that can be used to flavour beers, bakes and savoury dishes. The aromatic leaves, flowers and stalks of Coriander are excellent for cooking, whilst the dried seeds bring a nutty, citrusy flavour to lighter beers and ales. And for beer lovers the world over, vibrant green scrambling Hops are an essential component of the brewing process, helping to stabilize and impart an earthy, bitter flavour to their favourite drinks.
Biblical Herbs - Sage, coriander and hyssop have been grown for thousands of years, and celebrated for their culinary, medicinal and ritualistic virtues.
Cocktail - Cinnamon Basil, Borage and Lemon Balm have been carefully chosen for their beauty and fragrance. Each may be used to add flavour and an elegant flourish to cocktail creations, from the traditional to the experimental!
William Morris - William Morris found inspiration for his iconic designs in the simple beauty of traditional flowers. Just add water to create your own glorious herbaceous border full of colour, texture and fragrance.
First Aid - Rosemary, Sage and Lavender have been prized for centuries for their wide range of healing properties. They’re celebrated for their beauty and fragrance, and are essential to the traditional herb garden.
Jane Austen Flowers - A collection of beautiful, timeless flowers treasured by Jane Austen. This colourful trio of flowers, popular in Victorian gardens, are all mentioned in her letters.
All you’ll need is a small container, water and a warm, sunny spot on the windowsill. Within 6-8 weeks the seedlings will be ready to plant into the ground or into pots.