Herbs have been cultivated down through the centuries for their culinary and medicinal uses. Often fragrant and of great value to bees, they help create an enchanting space to sit and take in the peaceful, timeless atmosphere.
The Herb Garden here is laid out in Levens’ recurring quartered theme of a central circle and four pathways. Bed plantings change regularly, but the central circle often holds the classic lily flowered tulip ‘White Triumphator’ in spring followed by scented pelargoniums or salvias in summer. The outer ‘quarters’ contain the golden form of mexican hyssop, Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’.
Large wooden pyramids give structure and height, supporting the Golden Hop Humulus lupulus 'Aureus', a very strong growing herbaceous twining climber. The roses alongside the walkways are Rosa gallica 'Officinalis', the Apothecaries Rose, known and used since mediaeval times. Lavender, Sage and Parsley are used for underplantings.
Flanking and spilling out over the paths throughout is the variegated trailing Nasturtium 'Alaska', with peppery as well as pretty flowers and leaves.
Other herbs to be found here include many different varieties of mint, Sages, Marjorams, Lemon Balm, Fennel, Chives and many, many more.