Ginny's Herbs - Heirloom herb catalogue NZ

 Ginny's Herbs supplies herb plants and a small variety of seeds of old, tried & true non-hybrid and heirloom vegetables  by mail order throughout New Zealand only- I do not supply overseas. I am not open to the public.

Please note: if you are wanting more than 3 plants of any particular plant, please contact me before ordering to check if I have enough in stock. Mail orders are sent out early in the week after receiving payment, to ensure they get to their destination before the following weekend.Note: maximise your courier fee by ordering 4-6 plants for the same low $6.00 rate (excluding R.D. addresses). If you are on an R.D., please choose the correct option. You are now able to pay using your credit card though Paypal, or by internet banking. 

Peppermint geranium is now back in stock.

CEW courses for 2nd term 2017 will be soon listed in the right hand panel.

My book is still selling well-it makes a great gift for all sorts of occasions- check out my gift range for other ideas as well! My sister site 'ginnyscrafts' offers a large variety of gifts from practical baby gifts to original gift ideas for women of all ages plus lovely original gifts for the home, including some more herbal ones- check it out at https://felt.co.nz/shop/ginnyscrafts.

 

     

Five teatowels are available- printed on  good quality material  these make lovely gifts, especially for posting around New Zealand or overseas. I have been delighted at the interest in them- they are available in varying gift packs in my gift range.

 

 I also have aprons available the same as my tea towels- great gifts for the cooks in your family- stove or barbecue!They can be found in the gift range link above.

 

                      

   

Herb Recipes

Traditionally served with roast lamb, mutton or hogget.

3-4tbsps of freshly chopped mint (common type),
1/4 cup of boiling water, sugar to taste (about 2 tbsps),
1/2 cup malt or white vinegar, salt to taste if needed.

Put mint into a small serving jug, add boiling water and sugar. Steep for a few minutes. Add vinegar and stir, then salt if needed. Serve.

Plants to Try

Coleus amboinicus, 30 cm Green fleshy serrated leaves, very aromatic. Mainly used as you would bay leaves, but can be chopped and used in salads etc if you like strong flavour. A succulent type...

$10.00

Cynara scolymus 1-2m Biennial, this large stately plant has leaves that are edible when young, and the edible fruit. It looks magnificent as a wind break or hedge, and the leaves are in demand for...

$4.45

Borago officinalis 50cm Annual, self-seeds; known as the friendly herb. Flowers can be crystallised and frozen in ice cubes, flower rings. Use small leaves in salads; they taste like cucumber. Try...

$4.50

Sanguisorba minor. 30cm. Perennial. Attractive plant with its small round leaves which taste like cucumber. Great in salads, herb butters, sauces and vinegars. Try floating them in soups, and...

$6.00

Cynara cardunculus, 1-2m. Perennial, and a magnificent foliage plant. Thistle-like blue or purple flowers in late summer - these are popular in dried flower arrangements. Plant 1 m apart. Young...

$4.45

Allium tuberosum, 40cm Stronger than chives, these have a thicker flat leaf and white starry flowers, with the same uses as chives. Also perennial, they seem to stand the winter better.

$5.00

Symphytum officinale, 40cm Winter dormant. Perennial,A most valuable herb for gardeners - full of potassium for the compost.A spray made from the leaves is a good fertiliser, and the plant is...

$5.00

Coleus cannis, 40cm. Another succulent type,does well in dry places as ground cover. It has a smell you either like or hate, which is said to repel dogs. The flower is purple, not unlike a...

$5.00

Chrysanthem parthenium, 50cm. A perennial, this daisy-like bush with its white and yellow flowers is attractive. It has a multitude of medicinal uses, but is most well-known as the `Headache'...

$5.00

50cm. Perennial, grows by rhizomes. Tincture or ointment great for relieving itching, rashes, scratches, bruises. Good anti-inflammatory herb.

Winter dormant- recommend getting this herb in...

$6.00

1m. A wonderful statement plant; with its magnificent flower/ seed head which can be dried, and painted if desired, for floral arrangements. The original `teasel' used in Great Britain for...

$5.00

Pelagonium tomentosum 50 cm Perennial. This plant is a large, sprawling grower, with very fragrant large furry leaves, and looks as if it is covered in snow when its flowers are out. It has been...

$6.00

Centella asiatica. Perennial. Also known as Pennyweed, Pennywort, and many other names. A creeping herb, it likes the same conditions as violets; shady and dampish. It is well-known to help with...

$6.00

Armoracia rusticana, 50cm. winter dormant-I  recommend getting this plant in Spring/summer.  Perennial. This herb will take over your garden if not controlled. Use the roots to make...

$7.00

Artemisia abronatum, 1m. A very aromatic perennial shrub, with greyish-green ferny leaves. It is an insect repellent herb, effective both fresh and dried, against ants, silverfish, etc. It is also...

$6.00

Origanum onites, 50cm. A hardy perennial, this close relative of Sweet Marjoram has a strong aroma and flavour similar to thyme. It is a member of the mint family, so will creep.

$5.00

Althea officinalis, 1m winter dormant Perennial.. Try a tea made from the leaves to aid coughs and bronchitis. The powdered or crushed roots make a good poultice.

$5.00

Variegated, this mint is most attractive - my Mum uses it with red geraniums for a Christmas flower arrangement! It can be used as any other mint, for teas, flavourings, etc.

$5.00

A rounded, slightly hairy leaved mint, this one is quite sweet. It makes a lovely tea, or try it in fruit salad.

$5.00

Artemisia vulgaris, 1-2m. This herb is not recommended for planting in a small garden - here in the North it grows rapidly with strong suckers, and can easily choke the rest of your garden! It is...

$6.00

Verbascum thapsus L. 2m in flower. Biennial, with huge woolly leaves and a magnificent flower spike of yellow flowers. This herb has been around for centuries, and has had many interesting uses,...

$5.00

This graceful iris has a beautiful white flower with a yellow throat. Its roots are dried and used as a fixitive in potpourri and herbal preparations. If you wish to...

$6.50

40cm. Perennial, with lime green leaves, which deter the insects. It has white daisies with yellow centres. A very pretty plant, and great as a border. A cousin of Feverfew.

$5.00

Rheum rhabarbarum This wonderful old perennial vegetable, used for making a wide variety of wonderful desserts, and also great as a stewed fruit to go with your breakfast cereals, is really good...

$6.00

Salvia officinalis, 50cm. Perennial. This herb is another of the most well-known. It is great for cooking, eg, sage and onion stuffing, and also has many medicinal uses. A few leaves make an...

$5.00

Prunella vulgaris. This perennial ground cover has an unusual pinky/purple flower. It has several medicinal uses- as eyewash, mouthwash, poultice to clean wounds. It is also known as one of nature...

$5.00

Stevia rebaudiana 50cm. Winter dormant. This wonderful herb is 300 times sweeter than sugar, and is a godsend for diabetics who need a sweetener. It is easy to use, and also looks attractive with...

$6.00

Tanacetum vulgare, 1m. Perennial, this plant rapidly grows by suckers, so be sure you plant it in an appropriate place! It is well worth having if you have enough room, as it has many uses. Full...

$4.45

Valeriana officinalis, 1m in flower. Winter dormant. Perennial. This is a `sleeping' herb. The aromatic roots have been used as a sedative for many years. A great addition to the cottage...

$5.00

Allium fistulosum, 50cm. Perennial, so nearly lost, these are bunching onions - use either the leaves (as you would chives), the bulbs (as you would shallots). Lovely mild taste.

$6.00

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