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Some Tips for Sensible Herb Planting

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

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sweet basil is popular herb used in cooking

Annuals:

Ocimum basilicum - Sweet Basil

  • 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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