I thought oregano would have no trouble growing here, but every time I have bought a little pot from the nursery it has stayed the same size and then eventually wilted and died. then a friend gave me a slip of this;
growing off to the left,( against the fence is the comfrey)
In the middle section of the herb spiral I have a strange looking plant - it reminds me of a hen and chicken, but my gosh those chickens have a sharp edge.
It is called sawtooth coriander, and even though it looks nothing like coriander it tastes exactly the same! Once you have chopped up those big leaves up into your salsa, nobody would know the difference. This is a bit weedy - I notice it popping up everywhere, but there is nothing I love more than the smell of coriander, and a little water brings the clean fresh smell wafting up to me as I wander through the garden, so it can stay.
The very top section that I thought would be good for rosemary just never worked,and now I have some nasturtiums there - I love to add their flowers to my salads, but alas they don't like the heat at all and will die off as the weather warms up.
The other very interesting herb I have is just locally knwn as mushroom herb. It looks very much like a weed, but when you put a couple of leaves of this into whatever you are cooking you would swear you had added mushrooms to the mix! It certainly doesnt look like mushrooms to me, but it is a very useful herb.
So my herb spiral has been adapted to this climate - grown low and wide now instead of high, and filled with the plants that survive in this climate. Gardening for me is like that - I start off with an idea, and by the end it might not look anything like the original idea, but if it works it is OK by me!
KG I is having a focus on herbs this month so click on the link on my sidebar to see more about growing herbs.