An evocative fresh summer herb which can grow to quite a size given the right conditions. The huge leaves are sensational torn on salads, with tomatoes, pasta, pizza or eggs. Why not try making a basil sorbet with your harvest?
It should be kept in a sunny, sheltered position. Keep the soil moist but ensure it's not waterlogged. Pinch out growing tips and flower buds to keep it bushy. This is a hardy annual, meaning it will live for one growing season.
All herbs are planted in a peat reduced compost mix with added perlite for extra drainage.
Choose whether you receive your herb planted up in an Italian terracotta pot, with a matching saucer - or if you already have a pot/spot in mind, keep it in its nursery pot. (