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Herbs to grow for beginners


CULINARY HERBS TO GROW IN CONTAINERS

These herbs thrive on your deck, fire escape, steps or balcony.

Basil

Spicy Bush basil has tiny leaves so no need too chop them up to use!

Chives

Cut and come again! The flowers of onion chives make a beautiful magenta herbal vinegar.

Vietnamese Coriander

If you love cilantro, try this low grower. Doesn’t bolt to seed like  cilantro. Vietnamese coriander has a delightful spicy flavor.

Thyme

If you like an upright plant, French or English thyme is your go-to thyme. Lemon thyme is a semi-upright thyme that trails nicely over container rims. Try sautéing summer veggies with a sprinkling of thyme.

Rosemary

This piney tasting herb tolerates droughts. Barbecue rosemary makes a stunning upright specimen and its stems can be used as skewers.

Parsley

Both Italian and Old Fashioned parsley will give you a long harvest. Cut from the outside in.

Mint

With its aggressive nature, this perennial is definitely an herb for containers. Spearmint has a more mild taste than peppermint.

Sage

Berggarten sage has plump, large leaves. It is slower to flower than other sages  and is a reliable perennial. Wrap a pork tenderloin with sage leaves and prosciutto.

Lavender

Have an area that is sunny, hot and drive? This is just the right environment for lavender! Muddle lavender in your pitcher of lemonade.


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