- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to August
- Flower colour: yellow
- Other features: edible leaves can be used for fish dishes and sauces
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Fine clouds of feathery, bright green leaves, which have a sweet aniseed flavour, are crowned with flat-topped, sulphur-yellow flower-heads in mid- to late summer. As these fade, aromatic seedheads develop. Fennel is the perfect centre-piece for a sunny herb garden. It is also an invaluable border plant where the foliage will provide a delicate foil, against which the flowers of herbaceous plants and bulbs can be seen to great effect.
- Garden care: The plant's tendency to self-seed may be a problem in hot summers. If fennel is being grown exclusively for its foliage remove the yellow flower heads to prevent it from self-seeding.