Herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or fragrances for their savory or aromatic properties. Here's how to garden with them and more....
Ginger is a sub-tropical to tropical plant. Unless you live in cold hardy zone 9 or warmer, you either grow ginger in pots or you start your ginger in the winter to plant out when the soil is warm 70-75 degrees. Ginger does not like to dry out when growing. But it also must be planted in well-drained soil or the rhizomes can rot. Harvest time is before a hard frost or anytime you want young fresh ginger which has a lovely mild flavor and bite.
Basil 'Siam Queen' - Prized for both culinary and ornamental value. This Thai basil features aromatic, glossy green leaves that have a hint of licorice in the flavoring. Reaching 20-24”, this basil is commonly used as a bedding plant with gorgeous maroon flowers that attract pollinators and have longevity in the cut flower arrangement. Many consider ‘Siam Queen’ to be the classic standard for Thai basils.
Basil is probably one of the easiest herbs to grow. The number one mistake made when growing basil is oversowing. Good quality seeds have a 90-99% germination rate so only a few seeds are needed for success. For example: in a 10-12″ container, three seeds are plenty! You will end up with three strong plants that have plenty of space to flourish.
Everleaf Emerald Towers Basil extends your harvest, flowering 10 to 12 weeks later than traditional basil varieties, but with the same, great flavor you love. This columnar, upright variety makes a perfect addition to smaller spaces like patio and balcony containers, but it also grows beautifully in-ground and in raised beds.
Basil 'Dark Opal' - Stunning, dark violet-purple leaves are the trademark of this variety which many consider the darkest on the market. The leaves have a slight hint of licorice although the culinary value is still significant. Reaching 18-24”, ‘Dark Opal’ will also have gorgeous lilac flowers which are great for pollinators and in the cut flower vase.
What a beautiful and delicious patio or garden perennial, Garlic Quattro is new for 2021! The Allium Quattro F1 flowers in July for about 7 weeks. It has ball-shaped purple flowers with a vase life of up to 3 weeks. An additional benefit is that the flowers attract flower-loving insects, such as bees and butterflies. The Allium Quattro has thick and tasteful leaves that taste like an onion with a slight bit of garlic. NGB member Pure Line Seeds, Inc.
The fruity fragrance will make you crave Caribbean-inspired recipes, whether you prefer a fabulously flavored cocktail or a delicious dessert. But don’t be fooled by the fragrance—the flavor is pure mint. Deliciously sweet, you’ll love it paired with fruit, as a garnish for ice cream, steeped in tea, or added to a refreshing, icy glass of water. The pretty, green leaves with white accents look lovely grown in a container near the kitchen for convenient, easy harvest.
Herbs add fragrance, beauty, and practicality to your garden — and it’s easy to grow a wide variety of them just about anywhere here in the Midwest. This book, co-authored by Laura Peters and veteran Ohio garden writer Debra Knapke, offers handy tips and advice on growing, maintaining, and harvesting 360 of the best herbs for local gardens; propagation and winter care; and solutions to common garden problems.
Herbes De Provence - This classic herbal blend originates from the Provence region of southeast France, well-known for its lavender fields.It makes a nice seasoning alternative to salts on grilled meats and pasta. Sprinkle it on deviled eggs, and mix it into sour cream and cream cheese. It also makes a nice gift from your garden.
Fernleaf Dill is a versatile herb with uniquely flavored seeds and foliage. This compact (24”) selection is “space-saving” and looks great tucked into a border or container. This variety is also slow to bolt (bloom) if the focus is on utilizing the foliage. However, the chartreuse flower umbels are beautiful and some species of swallowtails love nibbling on the foliage.
AAS WInner ‘Sweet Dani’ Lemon Basil is considered the best of the lemon basils with 75% more essential oils, providing an intense lemon aroma and flavor. There are numerous culinary uses for this taller basil (24”) which performs well in ornamental situations as well. If left to bloom, pollinators will appreciate access to the numerous flowers. Remove flowers if culinary use is the priority.