Growing the ingredients
Rose pelargonium It likes a sunny position with well-drained soil. In spring, trim it back to encourage new leafy growth. It’s drought tolerant but won’t endure severe frosts. To ensure its survival, take cuttings towards the end of summer and pot them up.
Clary sage This perennial, native to the Mediterranean, grows about a metre tall. It likes well-drained soil and plenty of sun. It often dies back after f lowering, but is easily propagated from saved seed.
Lavender This hardy perennial likes full sun and is drought tolerant. It f lowers nearly all year round, attracting many beneficial insects with its fragrant purple spears. Prune in early spring and cut f lowers regularly to keep it producing.
Lemon verbena Planted in full sun it easily grows up to two metres tall in one season. For a bushier shrub, cut off the top of the main stem to encourage side sprouting. It likes well-drained soil and is quite drought resistant. Semi-hardy, it can die back in frost spells. Give it a severe pruning in early spring after the last danger of frost has passed.
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Lavender, from which a mid note oil can be made, is calming and soothing.
Lemon verbena’s citrus scent provides an uplifting top note.