Growing guide

How to grow borage

Borage is an easily-grown herb used in informal areas such as cottage gardens, wildlife areas and vegetable patches. The usually sky blue flowers are edible and can  garnish summer drinks and salads. Borage is an annual so will need to be raised from seeds or young plants each year. However, there's also one perennial to look out for, which is also edible.

Quick facts

  • Easy to grow, in most garden soils
  • The herb borage is an annual
  • Edible flowers are produced in summer
  • Best on a sunny site
  • Attractive to pollinating insects
  • Self-seeds readily or collect seed and sow in spring

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
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