CULINARY HERB GARDEN. The relatively carefree nature of herbs, along with their aromatic qualities, makes this garden ideal for an entrance or pathway into the house. It has color, texture, and fragrance; a showy blend of green, gray, and gold will rival a flower border for visual beauty and surpass it in usefulness.
WHAT TO PLANT
Herb cultivars fall into two main categories: annuals and perennials. Annual herb plants live a single season, with a focused goal to set seed. Perennials go dormant when the temperatures drop, and generate new foliage during the growing season. Ideally your herb garden will contain a mixture of both, kept in separate beds, in order to make it easier to get to know the different plants.
As you learn to cook with herbs, you may wish to keep expanding your herb garden plant list, especially when you discover pineapple sage, lemon basil, or chocolate mint. If you love basil, you can choose from the more than 80 different cultivars and fill a single garden with sweet, scented, or sacred basil. Love the smell of lemon thyme? Check out the dozens of varieties, from low-creeping thyme to variegated thyme, both ideal for forming garden edges or enhancing paths. The most successful herb gardens may appear carefree, yet they require the most planning in order to get the design right from the start.
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