Learn how to grow over 1000 different herbs from across the globe, and how to make best use of them for cooking, herbal remedies, natural beauty, and aromatherapy.
Drawing on the unrivalled expertise of the Royal Horticultural Society, the world's most respected gardening organisation, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to herbs ever produced.
Pick the best new varieties to grow of old favourites, such as rosemary, lavender, basil, and mint.
Discover fascinating new flavours in more unusual herbs, such as Mexican mint, anise hyssop, perilla, and sweet cicely.
Identify herbs to forage from the wild, including garlic mustard, alexanders, and meadowsweet.
Each herb entry features easy-to-follow advice on what varieties to choose, essential growing requirements - including soil type, frost tolerance, and pruning - and troubleshooting tips to prevent damage from pests and diseases.
Information is also given on which parts of the plant to use and when and how to harvest them, with descriptions of their medicinal properties and how to cook with them or extract their active ingredients.
A chapter on creating a herb garden features many beautiful, practical design ideas for every size of growing space and style preference, from a low-maintenance windowbox to a large vegetable potager, and from a naturalistic mixed herb and flower border, to a formal parterre.
RHS Encyclopedia of Herbs is the definitive guide to growing herbs for gardeners, cooks, and herbalists alike.