Once you start growing and using fresh herbs from your garden you will fall in love with them too!

They are delicious, and full of vitamins and minerals. They also have medicinal and therapeutic properties. They are wonderful in oils, vinegars, jams, teas, syrups, and honey and butter recipes.


 
 
Growing basil (Ocimum basilicum) is easy and there are over 150 varieties to choose from.

Genovese is a sweet basil, which is a favorite in herb butters, pestos, and Italian dishes.

Purple varieties such as Red Rubin, Purple Ruffles, and Dark Opal are delicious in oils, vinegars, and jellies.


 
 
I love growing chives because they are delicious and beautiful in the garden. Garlic chives (A. tuberosum) have flat leaves and white flowers. Onion chives (Coriandrum schoenoprasum) are a grassy herb with onion flavored hollow-leaves and lavender flowers.  

They normally bloom in their second year. They are great on vegetables, eggs, seafood, and in dips.


 
 
Are you considering growing dill in your garden? It's a good idea because dill (Anethum graveolens), an annual, is one of the easiest herbs to grow. 

Mammoth and Bouquet are the two popular cultivars grown in the United States. The branches have feathery blue-green foliage that can be harvested at any time. Dill is very fragrant and best used when fresh.


 
 
Lavenders (Lavandula) are a species of flowering plants in the mint family. Nothing smells better than brushing up against this dreamy herb in the garden. The scent is breathtaking.  

Flowers may be lavender, violet, lilac, blue, white, or pink and are edible. This fragrant herb adds flavor to honey, teas, sugars, baked goods, syrups, and cheese. It's also popular in perfumes, beauty products, soaps, candles, potpourris, sachets, and wreaths.   


 
 
You will appreciate growing mint (Mentha spp.), a perennial, for its wonderful scent.  

Peppermint and Spearmint are the most popular, but there are many varieties including Apple Mint, Blue Mint, Chocolate Mint, Grapefruit Mint, Orange Mint, and Pineapple Mint.  


 
 
Oregano (Origanum) is an aromatic perennial with purple, pink, or white flowers, depending on the variety.

This is one robust herb that every kitchen should be well stocked with. It's excellent in Italian dishes, salads, stews, soups, pastas, and breads. 


 
 
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is a lush green herb with beautiful foliage. It is similar to celery in flavor and is used in salads, soups, casseroles, and on potatoes, eggs, and seafood.  You can choose from flat leaf or curled leaf types.

For wonderful contrast in the garden, pair parsley with colorful flowers.


 
 
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a tender perennial that grows into a shrub from two to six feet tall.  Its fragrant needle-like foliage blooms in the winter.

Varieties can be found with light blue, dark blue, pink, or white flowers. The varieties with lighter colored flowers are more cold tolerant.


 
 
Thyme (Thymus) is a low growing, evergreen perennial that comes in many flavors and colors. It has a very exotic aroma and is delicious in italian foods, stews, soups, vinegars, and deserts. It also adds flavor to vegetables, breads, and cheese. 

The taste and aroma of this Mediterranean herb is great fresh or dried.


 
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