There is a certain romanticism associated with growing and gardening with herbs. Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Stepping out your back door and snipping a few fresh leaves off your own herb plants to add to your home prepared meal. Herbs are easy and rewarding to grow…a sprig of fresh mint in your cool summer drink…dress up your home grown salad with a garnish of beautiful, tangy Nasturtium…whip up a batch of delicious Pesto from your own Basil…the list goes on! After reading about herb gardening, learn some herb recipes.
- Chop leaves to flavor salads and for use in fish and potato dishes
- Decorative lavender colored globe flowers can be added to salads
- Self-sows abundantly if not deadheaded
- Comes in a variety of “flavors” (Peppermint, Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, Apple Mint, etc.)
- Refreshing addition to summer drinks & salads
- Can be dried for tea
- Colonizing Perennial
- Highly fragrant silver foliage used in potpourri as well as in baking & teas
- Intolerant of wet winter soil conditions (requires well drained soil)
- Fragrant silvery foliage
- Use in sausages, stuffing, tea
- May overwinter outdoors with protection (we also have the more tender but very ornamental ‘Tricolor’ Sage)
- Use leaves fresh in salads or cooked in soups or sauces
- Hollow stems make great Bloody Mary straws!
- Used to flavor marinades, vegetables, meat dishes & fish dishes
- Tiny, strongly aromatic leaves
- Can be used for ornamental or culinary purposes
- Use fresh or dried in Italian, Greek and Mexican dishes.
- Edible flowers in summer
- Colonizing Perennial
- Pollinators love the flowers and honey produced is exceptionally flavorful with hint of lemon
- Strongly lemon scented & flavored foliage used in teas, fruit dishes, candies and as a mosquito repellent
- Colonizing Perennial
- Use for flavoring salads, dressings, stews & stuffing
- Slightly more bitter flavor than Summer Savory
- Apple scented foliage and small daisy-like flowers can be dried for use in teas
- Roman Chamomile is perennial. German Chamomile is a self-seeding annual
- Anise flavored foliage
- Clip leaves into salads or soups
- Particularly good with shellfish, fish and poultry
- Highly aromatic needle-like foliage
- Use in Mediterranean dishes
- Excellent with roast potatoes & meats
- PERENNIAL grown as ANNUAL (can be overwintered inside in bright window)
- Feathery foliage has Anise/Licorice fragrance & flavor
- Bulbous stem base of ‘Florence’ variety can be eaten as vegetable
- Plant is a favored food source for several butterfly species
- Fresh leaves and stems (CILANTRO) are used extensively in Asian and Mexican cuisine.
- The seeds (CORIANDER) are used in whole in pickling or ground as a flavoring.
- Excellent in fish dishes, salads, omelets and herb butters
- Essential for pickling!
- Beloved by beneficial insects (preferred host plant for immature Swallowtail Butterflies)
- Pungent, spicy flavored leaves and flowers can be used fresh in salads and stir fries.
- Young leaves can also be cooked and served like spinach.
- A natural sweetener that is calorie free and 150 times sweeter than sugar.
- Use fresh leaves in iced tea, lemonade or other sweet drinks
- Dried leaves can be crushed and used as is, or used to make sweet syrup
- Perennial grown as ANNUAL
- Green leaves used in sauces, butter, dressings & stuffing.
- Varieties include Plain Italian and Triple Curled (Curly Parsley is most popular as a garnish)
- Strongly lemon scented foliage
- Popular for use as tea
- Strongly lemon scented foliage contains essential oils that act as natural insect repellent
- Asian cuisine, teas, soups & curries
- Petals are edible and can be used fresh in saladsdried to make a natural dye
- Historically considered a sacred flower and used in ceremonies as well as a culinary and medicinal herb
- Highly decorative in containers
- All part are edible
- Tangy flavor similar to radish or watercress
- Use leaves & flowers in salads or as garnish
- Use in soups, stews, gravies, stuffing & salad dressing
- More delicate flavor than Winter Savory
- Extremely fragrant & flavorful leaves
- Rich in essential oils
- Use in Pesto, tomato based dishes, salads
- Very cold sensitive so do not put outdoors until after last spring frost
Types of Basil:
- Considered the premier Basil for Pesto & “insalata caprese,” (tomato slices topped with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil leaves)
- An Italian variety prized by chefs because it retains its sweetness even when cooked for long periods
- Anise/Licorice flavored foliage
- Widely used in the cuisine of Southeast Asia
- Zesty lemon/citrus flavor
- Excellent for fish & chicken dishes, steamed or grilled dishes and salads
- Popular for Indonesian dishes such as curries, soups & stews
- A miniature Basil, excellent for pots or decorative planting
- Attractive compact ball shaped plant with tiny leaves
LETTUCE LEAF BASIL
- Huge, heavily textured leaves resemble lettuce.
- Use in place of lettuce on a summer sandwich. YUM!
Learn some of our favorite herb recipes.