Cilantro / Coriander, Coriandrum sativum

Cilantro leaves are an essential ingredient in many Latin American, Caribbean, and Asian, Mexican salsas and many other ethnic dishes. This cool season herb has been selected as the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year™ 2017. If you like its pungent taste, make sure you plant some this year. Learn more about this common herb and how to grow it…

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Garlic, Allium sativum

Cultivated for thousands of years for both culinary and medicinal uses – and to repel vampires – garlic is a well-known herb in the onion family that produces edible bulbs. Learn more about the many types of garlic and how to grow it, harvest and use it…

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Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Although a bit weedy because it self-seeds readily, if you have a feline friend, catnip is must-have.  This mint family member native to Eurasia contains a compound that is very attractive to most cats. The plant itself can be an attractive addition to the garden, especially when in bloom. Learn more about catnip in this article…

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Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel is a great ornamental edible, with ferny fronds that add textural contrast in plantings, as well as tasting great. Both the leaves and stems have a light anise flavor. There are also cultivars with dark foliage for color contrast in ornamental plantings and types selected for their enlarged base. To learn more about this versatile plant, read this article…

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Scent in the Garden

If you couldn’t see, would you think about your garden differently? Most garden designers think about its visual appeal, but little else. Many plants have features that appeal to our other senses. Considering fragrance in the plants you use can take your garden to another level. Learn more about scent in the garden in this article…

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Sage, Salvia officinalis

Sage may be best known as a flavoring for stuffing at Thanksgiving, but there’s much more to this aromatic plant. With attractive foliage and interesting flowers, this short lived perennial is a great addition to herb gardens, perennial borders or containers. Read more about this useful culinary, medicinal and ornamental plant in this article… 

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Drying Herbs

If you have herbs growing in your yard, it’s time to think about preserving some of those for the cold winter ahead, especially for those you can’t bring inside. Many herbs are easily dried by hanging them up, while others are better when dried in other ways. To learn more about harvesting, drying and storing dried herbs, read this article…

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Pineapple Mint, Mentha suaveolens ‘Variegata’

Pineapple mint is a fuzzy-leaved plant that can be used as an herb but is more commonly included in the garden as an ornamental for its variegated foliage. Like other mints, it can spread aggressively so needs to be used judiciously. To learn more about this plant, read this article…
 

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Rosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis

Rosemary is an aromatic plant with a long history of use as a culinary and medicinal herb. Although not hardy to our area, it is easily grown in containers that can be moved indoors for the winter to have its bright, fresh flavor available at all times. To learn more about rosemary, see this article…

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Chives, Allium schoenoprasum

Chives are a popular culinary herb in the home garden. This small-bulbed allium is easy to grow, as long as you have a sunny spot with good drainage. This herbaceous perennial can also be used as an ornamental in the landscape, and is particularly attractive when in bloom. To find out more about this herb, read this article…

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