This season for us is the most rewarding time in the garden. We enjoy the warm early mornings, the long twilight hours and even the the heat of the mid-day where we withdraw to the shade to observe. Summer is not the season to plant – that should have been done with the spring rain. This is the time when you reap what you have sown. The rewards of your spring preparations and plantings. Summer is the season of abundance and nothing can be more satisfying as the drying room trays filled with the summer harvest. The smell is divine with a mixture of plants. Every season has time when you need to observe what is happening in the garden. In summer you can play with water to offer extra moisture if needed but hopefully to application of spring mulch is helping here. Before the heat of the day plucking calendula flowers, cutting yarrow aerial parts, stems of hyssop  with flower and leaf, lavender flowers, collections of St John’s wort flowers and buds, fennel seeds are forming, tulsi is growing and harvesting can commence. It is a busy season but truly a time where the joy of the garden provides rewards .   

our tisanes

seasonal tisane

An aromatic, cooling, decongestant tisane. A refreshing summer blend to enjoy hot or cold.

sleep well tisane

Drink this tisane for the benefits of all these wonderful quietening, calming and sedative plants that help empty the head and prepare you for sleep.

lung health tisane

Drink this tisane to strengthen and warm with mullein, hyssop and thyme. Marshmallow provides valuable mucilage for the lungs, especially for dry coughs.

pick me up tisane

Drink this refreshing tisane as a caffeine substitute for those low energy moments. With Kawakawa, a versatile plant pharmacy in itself.

herb of the season


Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides) is a tree or shrub in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae and is endemic to New Zealand. It has clusters of small white flowers with a red tinge becoming apparent as the flowers mature. The bark is flaky, the leaves are soft to grasp, the fruit is a small dry capsule. The parts used are leaves, flowers, twigs and bark. Kanuka has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to help heal burns, bruises, and other wounds – in fact, it may be more effective than its better known relative. Studies have shown that it can also be an effective treatment for skin conditions including eczema, rosacea, and acne.

Comparison between Kanuka & Manuka 

Kanuka is the larger tree, growing up to 10 m. Its foliage is softer to the touch than Manuka. The Kanuka flowers later than Manuka, usually starting in December, with the flowers emerging in bunches or groups. The seed capsules are smaller than those of Manuka.

Manuka is a smaller than Kanuka, reaching around 4 m high. It has prickly foliage and a pungent scent. The singular flowers are larger than Kanuka and may have a reddish tinge. Manuka flowers in spring early summer and the stamens are shorter than the petals.The seed capsules are larger than those of Kanuka.

At Phytofarm we harvest Kanuka during December and January. We dry the leaves and flowers to a produce tisane and an infused oil. The oil is used topically for use as a spasmolytic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal. It has a wonderful light herbaceous, slightly fruity aroma with a fresh eucalyptus-like note. Kanuka oil is considered to have smaller and lighter molecules that penetrate the skin more easily when compared with Manuka oil. You can purchase it here.



Enjoy our luscious herbal body butters and creams, delightful tasting teas, infused medicinal oils, tonics and healing salves.

medicinal oils

Our signature range of rich and colourful infused medicinal oils from carefully selected plants.


Seasonal workshops and tours designed to explore the changes in the garden and use of plants to make fabulous products.


This programme offers a thorough instruction in the growing, harvesting, processing & manufacture of herbal products.

events and dates

2022/23 Phytofarm Apprenticeship Programme
The interest in the Apprenticeship programme is growing, so please make your application early to secure a place.
You can download the Apprenticeship Prospectus 2022/23 here.
You can download the Apprenticeship Application 2022/23 here.

2022 Summer Well Being Workshop Programme DISCOVER
In summer the workshop will focus on topical applications using colourful infused oils to make healing skin preparations.
• Saturday 15 January 2022
• Tuesday 18 January 2022
• Sunday 6 February 2022
• Thursday 24 February 2022


2022 Autumn Well Being Workshop Programme: LEARN
In autumn, the workshop will focus on the value of roots and how berries provide valuable medicine.
• Saturday 9 April 2022
• Sunday 1 May 2022
• Tuesday 10 May 2022
• Thursday 19 May 2022


2022 Winter Well Being Workshop Programme: INDULGE
In winter the workshop will focus on looking after yourself, it can be a vulnerable time with colds, flus and viruses. We will make products that warm and nurture you.
• Thursday 9 June 2022
• Saturday 25 June 2022
Sunday 3 July 2022
Tuesday 12 July 2022


10am – 2pm each day. Other times for workshops and garden tours can be negotiated. Please contact Valmai or Andrea to discuss.

our favourite

phytofarm kitchen garden book

The principles for exploring plants as food and medicine, a valuable collection of recipes and ideas. Starting with the Spring & Summer Edition, there will be new sets of pages in the future, keeping you updated with the latest additions from the Phytofarm kitchen.

$ 49.00

hand sanitiser

A fragrant moisturising hand sanitiser without damaging chemicals! 100 ml $ 12.00

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