We are planning to grow quite a few typical herbs that were grown in a typical English cottage garden during the Renaissance. In doing our research we “bumped into” some really interesting resources.
We ordered our seeds from heirloom seed companies, such as:
The Seed Savers Exchange
Garden Medicinals & Culinaries
Here is an extensive list of heirloom seed companies.
In addition, there are several interesting web pages which describe common herbs of the middle ages and into the rennaissance:
Medieval Herbs of Europe
An Abbey Herb Garden Tour
Garden Apothecary for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair
For an excellent report on growing hops, see: HopsManual