If there was a plant that sang for their supper it would be Chamomile. Not only a pretty one, but so, so useful! These daisy-like flowers can be dried and steeped to make a tea to help sleep or even a skin wash. Known for their anti-inflammatory qualities, they are packed full of healthy perks for a gardener and grow to about 50cm tall.
Chamomile, Common Chamomile, Corn Chamomile, Dog's Chamomile, German Chamomile, Ground Apple, Lawn Chamomile, Pellitory of Spain, Roman Chamomile, St Anne's Flower, Scotch Chamomile, Sweet Chamomile and Wild Chamomile.
In containers may be smaller
Germination: 7-14 days
Matures: 42-56 days
Sow a sprinkle of seeds on the surface of prepared fine soil and add a light layer of soil on top. Keep the soil warm and moist to support germination. Once you have sprouts, keep them in a sunny position and space to 10cm apart to help them grow.
Sow: 5cm apart
Plant: 20cm apart
WHAT THEY LOVE
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Soil: Moist but well drained
Water: Once a week
Food: Feed once in spring
Cabbage, Onions, Beans, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Kale, Delphiniums and Black Eyed Susan.
Clip regularly in growing season as otherwise the plant can become leggy. If planting in pots, raise up the pots to help water drainage over winter and to stop the plan's roots from rotting.
BRINGS TO YOUR GARDEN
Makes the bees happy
Happy in containers
Grow on your windowsill
Great companion plant
Gather newly opened flowers in the summer. Can be dried or used fresh.
MAKES FOR GREAT..
Probably one of the most used herbal remedies centuries old. Brew in teas to help you sleep, add to a cheesecake for a delicate herbal flavour or use to soothe skin irritations.
What a sturdy reputation this wonder herb has from history. If it isn't helping us sleep, it is aiding us with stomach pain, colds, calmness and endless beauty, medical and foodie uses. It's a strong anti inflammatory and antiseptic and is our go to for natural alternatives.