Plant Now: Chamomile


Who’s for a chamomile tea? Yes? You’re in good company, because chamomile is one of the most popular medicinal herbs worldwide. It’s well known for its gentle healing properties; our ancestors used it to treat everything from fevers and feebleness to headaches and humbugs. In between they employed chamomile’s curative properties for colds, menstrual cramps, mild infections, digestive disorders, liver and gallbladder complaints, and inflammation of the skin.

Chamomile has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, but it’s best known for its use as a mild sedative. For frazzled nerves, a cup of chamomile tea is just the thing.

The flowers are pretty too. They look equally lovely in a modern garden as they do a cottage garden. Mine are positioned in my white garden at the front of the house (a cottage) by the picket fence (white). Yep, I’m a bit cliche like that.

If you’re planting chamomile (German chamomile, Matricaria recutita – an annual) this season, position it in full sun in well-drained soil. And then you can snip off the flowerheads and dry them to make your own chamomile tea.

Plant Now: Chamomile

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Whether it’s for a hot cuppa, an aromatic lawn, a pie or posy, chamomile can be sown now for it’s useful summer blooms. The distinct apple-like taste and aroma can be utilised in just about anything, but check out these exquisite ideas above. Dry your own blooms and make yourself a calming chamomile tea or use the pretty flowers in bouquets and flower arrangements, as seen in these gorgeous designs by Poppies & Posies. Just look at the way the white petals pop against the deep purple ones; Strawberry, rhubarb, apple, sugar and chamomile pie anyone? Cruise on over to Cannelle et Vanille for more inspiration; or simply use your blooms for simple yet chic cake decorating (from A Little Glass Box).

Or if you want to plant a chamomile lawn, click here for instructions.

Plant a chamomile lawn

Chamomile To tempt your toes to walk barefoot, plant a sweet-smelling tactile-tickling chamomile lawn. Chamomile is a reasonably hardy plant – it doesn’t mind being squished – but it can’t take heavy traffic. It won’t tolerate the constant passing of feet or regular football matches, so choose a spot just outside of your main route. Or if establishing your lawn in a regular thoroughfare, lay stepping stones across the length of it. [Read more…]