Tips For Growing Herbs
Herbs are a great way for beginners to get their hands dirty in the garden. In my opinion, herbs are easy and one of the most useful plants you’ll ever care for. Whether you’re thinking about potting culinary favorites or incorporating ornamental varieties into your landscape, here’s just a few things to consider:
- Exposure - most herbs like to be placed in a sunny part of the yard, or at least 6 hours out of the day. Sun lovers include chives, oregano, thyme, sage, and rosemary. However, there are those that prefer a little afternoon shade like lemon balm, parsley, rosemary, basil, mint, and mustard to name a few.
- Soil – Compost based products are recommended for landscape and potted herbs. Potted herbs need soils that help retain moisture, and landscaped herbs prefer compost rich, water-draining soil.
- Water – Most herbs become drought tolerant after a year of routine watering. Soak your potted herbs in the morning to help them get through a hot summer day, especially if they’re positioned in the sun.
- Feed – Weekly feedings during the growing season (March through September) helps plants produce leaves and stay healthy after routine cuttings. Any product that boosts leaf production is sufficient.
If you’re looking to take your herb garden to the next level, check out The Herb Garden Redefined. This Austin, Texas, nursery features an eclectic, circular-designed garden with herbs from around the world. Here you’ll find Mexican, Southeast Asian, Lemon-lime, Provencal, and Mediterranean varieties.
These Essential Herbs (photo by Rod D. Brodman) only have to be planted once but can be enjoyed in the garden and kitchen for many years to come. This Sunset pre-planned herb garden is easy to install and maintain.
Herb is short for the botanical term herbaceous, which means the above ground stems do not become woody. These 10 Ornamental Herbs need not be confined to just herb gardens. They are beautiful, fragrant, and attract wildlife. Agastache ‘Tutti Frutti” is a delightful addition to my sun-loving border.