Garden of fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants.
Cultivated since the 7th century in medieval gardens, these plants are used for their aroma, their perfume or their medicinal properties. In the Middle Ages, they were called “simples”. These are plants, used either in dried form or in the fresh state, which have medicinal properties depending on the part selected (leaves, stems, flowers, seeds, roots).
The perfume plants are mainly cultivated for their use in perfumery (absolutes, concretes, essential oils, oral water, …), in cosmetics (essential oils and floral water) and in food (floral water). Their essence does not always diffuse naturally, and may require some preparations. The essences extracted come from leaves, stems, roots, flowers or even bulbs.
Sometimes called “herbs”, aromatic plants are edible plants with fragrant leaves that enhance the taste of dishes. Some of them are also used in beneficial herbal teas (lime, verbena, thyme, rosemary, …)

Plants present at Le Grand Potager

Food use:
Absinthe, Artemisia wormwood, Arquebuse aurone wormwood, Armenian mugwort, Archangel angelica, Borage, Nasturtium, Chrysanthemum, Fennel & bronze, Hibiscus sabdarifa, Lemon balm, Bergamot mint, Mint cock, Mertensia, Fistula monard, Turkish oregano, Oregano carnation Crete, Purple Perilla ‘Shiso’, Sweet Pea, Licorice, Rhubarb, Common Rosemary, Santoline Grise, Green Santoline, Blackcurrant Sage, Tagetes of Mexico, Thyme.

Perfume plants:

Cornflower, Roman chamomile, Geranium rosat, Lavender fine, Lavandin.

Medicinal use:
Yarrow, Aloe vera, Pink poppy, Common comfrey, Purple echinacea, Escholtzia, Marshmallow, Mallow, St. John’s wort, Nettle, Evening primrose, Wild pansy, Sage sage, Clary sage, Sage officinale, Marigold, Common tansy, Valerian officinale.

Other Plants:
Poppy Roheras, Russian comfrey, Wheat Nielle.

Tasting at the Grand Potager

The exploration of the Grand Potager is not only one to see and to smell. The children were able to taste a couple of fruits and edible flowers, especially marigold and nasturtium. For those who feel unsure about the flowers, … Read More

Nasturtiums are blooming after a winter in the greenhouse at the Grand Potager, Lauris, France

The nasturtiums spent the winter in the warmth of the bioclimatic greenhouse of the Grand Potager. Here they are in full bloom, declining several shades of yellow and orange… Pleasure for the eyes and for the palate, as these flowers … Read More

Some news about the herbal spiral of the Grand Potager

At the Grand Potager of Lauris, the Mediterranean climate is favourable to the cultivation of aromatic plants. This is why a spiral of aromatic herbs was developed in the spring of 2019. And it is developing wonderfully well!  This structure, … Read More

Garden of fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants

A garden of fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants was set up this spring at the Grand Potager. Drawn according to a geometric plan, it gathers plants generally used for their aromas, their perfume or their medicinal properties. Some plants are … Read More

Messicole plants

Literally, messicole means, who lives in the fields. Thus, these plants are biologically adapted to agricultural land, especially cereal crops. They are also called wildflowers, or meadow plants. Considered by modern agriculture as weeds, the development of chemical treatments and … Read More

Association of aromatic plants

The plants of the perfume, aromatic and medicinal plant garden, are associated in groups of 2 to 4 varieties. In the garden we can find castor, borage and sweet peas grown side by side.  

A garden of fragrant, aromatic and medicinal plants at the Grand Potager

Used for their aroma, culinary taste or medicinal properties, these plants have been cultivated since the Middle Ages. Perfume plants are mainly grown for use in perfumery and cosmetics. Their essence does not always diffuse naturally, and may require some … Read More