The Pool Garden

The pool garden is planted with a range of plants known to have had many uses in the house such as pot pourri, insect repellants, air cleansers, washing and clothes freshening. The four borders are planted around a central rose (Rosa gallica officinalis and Rosa gallica, shown below) which are known to have particularly fragrant dried petals which were important for pot pourri.

Other plants for this purpose included lemon balm, lavender, southernwood and fennel.

Some other interesting household uses for herbs include:

WormwoodWormwoodinsect repellant
Sweet WoodruffWoodrofeclothes & air freshener
Yellow LoosestrifeLoosestrifefly repellant
PennyroyalPudding Grassflea repellant
RueHerbe Graceair freshener
SageSagecleaning of teeth

L-R Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum), Southernwood (Artemesia abrotanum), Flax (Linum perenne), Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

Botanical NameCommon Names
Ajuga reptansBugle
Anthemis nobilisRoman chamomile
Aquilegia vulgarisColumbine
Armeria maritimeThrift, sea pink
Artemesia abrotanumSouthernwood, Lad’s love
Artemesia vulgarisMugwort
Artemisia absinthiumWormwood
Balsamita major tomentosumCamphor plant
Bupleurum falcatumSickle-leaved hare’s ear
Centaurea cyanusCornflower, Bachelors button, Bluebottle
Chrysanthemum segetumCorn marigold
Festuca glaucaGrey fescue
Foeniculum vulgareFennel
Galium odoratumSweet woodruff
Geum urbanumHerb Bennet
Helleborus foetidusSetterwort
Helleborus nigerChristmas rose, Black hellebore
Iris germanicaPurple fleur-de-lys
Iris germanica florentinaOrris
Lavandula stoechasFrench Lavender
Linum usitatissimumFlax
Lonicera periclymenumCommon honeysuckle
Lysimachia vulgarisYellow loosestrife
Melissa officinalisLemon Balm
Mentha pulegiumPennyroyal, Lurk in the ditch, Pudding grass
Nigella damascenaLove in the mist
Nymphaea albaWhite water lily
Plantago coronopusBucks horn plantain
Primula elatiorOxlip
Primula elatior hose-in-hoseHose-in-hose oxlip
Pulicaria dysentericaFleabane
Rosa gallicaFrench rose
Rosa gallica officinalesThe apothecary’s rose, Red rose of Lancaster or
rose of Provins
Rosa x alba maximaYork rose, The Jacobite rose, Great double white
Ruscus aculeatusButchers broom
Ruta graveolensRue
Salvia officinalisSage
Salvia officinalis purpureaPurple sage
Saponaria officinalis flore plenaSoapwort, Bouncing bet, Farewell summer
Tanacetum vulgareTansy, Parsley fern
Tolpis barbataMilkwort, European umbrella milkwort
Verbascum thapsusAaron’s rod

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