05 November 2008

The plant layout that you choose should depend on herb height and growth form.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
This Tropical plant is very easy to grow from seed. This aromatic and flavorful pesto darling will need to be treated as an annual in climates that freeze. Large-leaf sweet basil is the best all-purpose variety. Don’t start seeds until the soil temperature has warmed If you want to grow it in outdoors.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Same kind like garlic, leeks and onions. The long, round, grass-like leaves, as would be expected, have a bold garlic-onion flavor that is great for soups, baked potato topping and many other culinary applications. Chives are a perennial plant that produces a pink, spiky flower, and are very easily grown from seeds.

Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Sprig of dill will perk up almost any dish. Dill grows very tall (2 – 5 feet) and produces delicate, feathery leaves and blossoms. The plants grow very easily and quickly from seed.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Italian seasoning, oregano is actually related to the mints and is a low growing perennial that will cascade beautifully over the sides of your container herb garden. Oregano is also very easy to grow from seed.

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
Flat-leaf Italian parsley is the best type with, have a mild grassy flavor. Parsley is a biennial, but in colder climates you may have to replant annually. It is a fast grower and very easy to grow inexpensively from seed.

Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is a savory, woody herb, with succulent, thin leaves that resemble conifer needles. The plant is perennial in milder climates but cannot withstand freezing temperatures. Rosemary is slow to grow and not easy to cultivate from seed.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sage plants are perennial woody plants that, when mature, resemble small bushes. This savory herb is a useful addition to soups, poultry and may other dishes. Sage grows quickly from seed and comes back year after year, even in cold climates.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is a tiny leafed low growing savory perennial that can be grown from seed. Thyme is useful for adding flavor to many different dishes, and the plant is also very attractive producing tiny, delicate flowers during summer.


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