A beautiful lemon sorbet scented herb perfect for many culinary dishes and chilled summer drinks. It is not completely winter hardy and may need additional protection in colder areas of the UK or very cold winters.
- Excellent for tea
- Dries well for winter use
- Excellent culinary herb
A native of South America and introduced by the Spanish to Europe, and has been cultivated since the seventeenth century for its oil. The leaves are strongly lemon scented and used in all manner of culinary dishes, but especially for deserts like sorbets and ice cream and for teas which are excellent chilled and served with ice in summer. The leaves hold both their scent and taste really well once dried for winter use.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Half hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Purple/mauve
- Flowering period: July - August
Half-hardy lemon verbena does not always survive our UK winters outside, but a little protection in a greenhouse or cold frame, or even fleecing containers is usually sufficient. In autumn the leaves generally fall off and there are just bare stems remaining which I would leave in situ until spring when they can be cut back to abut 4cm. The most important thing to remember about verbena is its need for warmth in spring before it begins to shoot, patience is the key here, there has been many a healthy plant thrown away in mid-April when other plants are growing away nicely but there is no sign of life on the verbena front – give it time.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
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Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.