Chamaemelum nobile (English or garden chamomile) has dark leaves that have a wonderful aroma, joined by dainty white flowers through summer. They grow up to 30cm, making them perfect for ground cover, or even as an alternative to a traditional lawn.
In late winter or early spring, sow the seeds in pots, then transplant them once they are large enough to be handled. When the risk of frost has passed, harden them off before planting them out.
Alternatively, buy young plants which can be planted any time of year, but spring or autumn is best. Once planted, keep the soil moist to make the most of the flowers and apply a feed through growing season.
The flowers can be harvested at any point through the summer. To make chamomile tea, it’s only the flowers that you need, not the stems or leaves. Spread them somewhere warm to allow them to dry out, then they can be stored. Use one teaspoon of the dried flowers per cup of chamomile tea, adding a bit of honey for extra sweetness.