Some Tips for Sensible Herb Planting

Herbs should be planted where they can get 4 to 6 hours of sun each day.

Annuals

sweet basil is popular herb used in cooking

sweet basil is popular herb used in cooking

Sweet Basil is an aromatic annual that sometimes works as a short-lived perennial.

Ocimum basilicum - Sweet Basil

Sweet basil is an aromatic annual that sometimes works as a short-lived perennial.

  • Aromatic annual or short-lived perennial
  • Heat zones 11-1
  • USDA zones 9-11

Perennials

Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' - Munstead Lavender

  • Flowers profusely in the spring
  • After pruning, this variety is an attractive gray bush with highly aromatic leaves
  • Heat zones 8-5
  • USDA zones 5-8

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue' - Lavender 'Hidcote'

  • Common English lavender
  • Dark-purple flowers and gray-green, needle-like leaves
  • Originated in Hidcote Manor, England; recognized for its great presence in arts-and-crafts gardens. The plant is often used as a hedge in England.
  • Has aromatically therapeutic properties; it was used in a variety of ways as a pain reliever on the battlefields of World Wars I and II, and also for scenting linen closets during the 19th century.
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Grows 12 to 24 inches
  • Full sun; well-drained soil
  • USDA zones 5-9

Petroselinum crispun - Curly Parsley

  • Grows best in rich, moist soil
  • Sow seeds outdoors in early spring to midsummer
  • Heat zones 9-1
  • USDA zones 5-9

Salvia officinalis - Tricolor Sage

  • Aromatic
  • Subshrubby
  • Evergreen perennial
  • Heat zones 8-5
  • USDA zones 5-8

Origanum vulgare - Hot & Spicy Oregano

  • Bushy, woody-based perennial
  • Aromatic
  • Dark-green leaves
  • Heat zones 10-2
  • USDA zones 4-9

Rosmarinus officinalis - Arp Rosemary

  • Hardy
  • Needs light, well-drained soil
  • Seeds should be sown indoors in very early spring
  • Evergreen shrub
  • Heat zones 12-8
  • USDA zones 8-11

Laurus nobilis - Bay Laurel

  • Frost-hardy
  • Likes rich, well-drained soil
  • Should be planted in a protected area
  • Heat zones 10-8
  • USDA zones 8-11

Note: For the Hudgenses' landscape, which is in Zone 6, the bay laurel is planted in a container so it can be moved indoors for protection during the winter months.

Mentha x piperita - Peppermint Mint

  • Vigorous perennial
  • Reddish-purple stems
  • Heat zones 7-1
  • USDA zones 3-7

Mentha x Lgentilis - Emerald & Gold Mint

  • Hardy
  • Can be very invasive
  • Flowers should be picked from the plant immediately after blooming for best flavor
  • Heat zones 9-6
  • USDA zones 6-9

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