Lavender is a fragrant shrub, and is best planted in the Spring once the weather has begun to warm. Lavender loves the sun and thrives in well-drained soils. When planted, it typically blooms throughout the summer, and is loved by all pollinators, especially British butterflies. Lavender helps us to unwind and relax which is why it's used in Pukka's Night Time tea. It's distinctive scent and relaxing properties make it a great plant to be used in your home too. Watch the video below where Holly Huntley from Pukka's herbal education team takes you through how to make your very own lavender shower melts, for when you need that extra bit of self-care.
Mint is great for pollinators such as bees and is really easy to grow in your back garden. Pollinators are attracted to mint when it flowers in summer and early autumn. All you have to do is pop it into a pot to prevent it invading other plants. Adding Mint to drinks is a great way to cool down during a hot summer's day. It's delicious in a tea but also makes a wonderfully refreshing iced drink. Watch the video below to see Pukka's senior herbalist Euan Maclennan put together his cooling mint mocktail, perfect for those long summer evenings.
Pollinators such as butterflies rely on organic herbs like chamomile as a source of nectar. Chamomile is very low maintenance herb and produces many delicate daisy like blooms throughout the summer months. You can even spread the contents of a chamomile teabag over a seed bed to grow your own at home. Renowned for it's relaxing properties and calming effect, chamomile is a great ingredient for those with busy lifestyles. It's frequently used in teas and can be found in Pukka's Three Chamomile, Chamomile, Vanilla and Manuka Honey, Relax and Love teas. We've also teamed up with chef Claire Thompson to make some delicious cookies. Watch the video below to discover Claire's chamomile oat cookie recipe, the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea.
Adopting organic farming principles when growing bee-friendly herbs and flowers at home is key - so avoid the use of chemical pesticides wherever possible. When our team visits a farm, this is one of the first things they are looking to find.
“If you walk into a field and its thriving with wildlife and bees, it gives you a good indication that this really is a good ecological system that’s clean with no pesticides", explains Marin Anastasov, from our herbal sourcing team (not to mention avid bee keeper), "If it was poisoned, these animals are not going to be there.” When things are well with the bees, things are well with Mother Nature.
We hope you discover the joys of planting this season!