Ageratum houstonianum is a popular annual garden plant. Also known as Floss Flower it is often used for edging borders and is also useful in beds and containers. A neat bushy plant with clusters of fluffy flowers in shades of white, pink and blue from June until the first frosts. Grows to approx. 20cm. Ageratum will grow in any reasonable garden soil but cannot withstand heavy shade or a wet site.
Eggplant is a frost tender, heat loving, branching bushy plant with thick, woody stems. The green to grayish green leaves are large,lobed, and alternate with the underside typically covered with spiny fuzz. Mature plants range from 1 to 8 feet in height. Although eggplant is a perennial, it is more commonly grown as an annual.
The fruit has a dense, uniform and firm, white, sweet flesh.
Spanish Daisy is an easy to grow annual plant for hanging baskets, flower beds and rock gardens. Originally from Central America, it has been growing wild in Southern Europe for many years and is now being hailed as one of the greatest horticultural discoveries of recent years. The masses of small flowers are pink when they open, rapidly turn white, and finally as they mature change back to rose-red giving the plant an unusual and constant two-tone effect. This compact jewel is beloved by bees and butterflies and will also make an outstanding contribution in a wildlife garden
A climbing or pole bean, French Bean Jimenez has been bred to grow in the form of vines which cling to poles or trellises. Their growth habit makes them very easy to harvest. These beans are also very easy to grow so long as you give them a nice warm site and a little shelter. An heirloom variety of French bean Jimenez is a strong grower and produces heavy crops of large long flat pods. The vines or plants can reach 7-8 feet tall but a 5 foot tepee, trellis or poles are usually sufficient. The flat pods are green streaked with red, have a great flavour and are stringless until they start to ripen. As they mature the pods get redder. The seeds or beans inside are of course coloured. Pods can be sliced when green and used as fresh beans or left to mature, then shelled and dried.
Highly colourful, French Bean Jimenez has a strong resistance to Bean Common Mosaic Virus.
Perfect for a sunny, well-drained spot, French bean Jimenez prefers to grow in moist, fertile soil away from strong winds, but it can also be grown successfully in pots.
Garlic Chives, sometimes called Chinese Chives, are perennial herbs. They look like grass, similar to chives but have a gentle spicy aroma and a distinct but much milder flavour of garlic. A member of the onion family they are very easy to grow. Garlic chives will thrive and grow vigorously on any fertile, moist but well drained site in full sun. A relatively new vegetable in the western world, garlic chives are well known in Asian cuisine. Grows slowly in expanding clumps and, besides its use as a vegetable, the plant's attractive flowers ensure that it is sometimes grown in perennial borders. Both the leaves and the stalks of the flowers are used as flavouring as well as a stir fry ingredient. The flowers can also be used as a spice. Garlic chives are extremely hardy and can survive very low temperatures (some have been know to survive -35 C) in winter and sprout again in spring when the temperature rises. To speed seed germination it is generally recommended that seeds be soaked in warm water (below 40 C) for about 24 hours prior to sowing.
Uses include mixed in omelettes or scrambled eggs, all sorts of salads or chopped very finely and sprinkled over cooked new potatoes.