Herbs for 2011
You can read about culinary herbs in the Culinary Herb Guide
ARTEMISIA Wormwood (Artemisia absinthiumn) Grows 24-36" tall. Silvery-gray, fine-textured leaves. Small shrub. Nice aroma. Upright growth habit. Historically used as a base for absinthe & other liqueurs. Good accent plant. Grow in full sun. Perennial.
Artemisia 'Powis Castle' (Artemisia arborescens x absinthium) Grows 18-24" tall. Forms a soft mound of blue-green leaves. Sweet smelling, fern-like foliage is good for drying. Rarely flowers. Vigorous, compact growth, usually evergreen. Excellent in mixed flower borders & as accent plant. Full sun. Perennial.
Artemisia 'Silver Brocade' (Artemisia stelleriana) Beautiful felt-like, silvery foliage. Easy to grow. Use as groundcover, in mixed borders, or in hanging baskets. Plant in full sun or light shade. Perennial.
Artemisia 'Silver King' (Artemisia ludoviciana var. albula) Grows 24-36" tall. Narrow, finely cut, silvery-white foliage can be dried for use in arrangements and wreaths. Vigorous, tall ornamental plant. Grow in full sun. Perennial.
Artemisia 'Silvermound' (Artemisia schmidtiana) Grows 8-12" tall. Forms dome of woolly finely cut leaves. Excellent in mixed flower borders, as an accent plant, or in rock garden. Shear flowers to keep plant looking its best, and cut back hard in late spring. Plant in full sun. Perennial.
Artemisia 'Valerie Finnis' (Artemisia x ludoviciana) Grows 24" tall. Stunning large rosettes of aromatic, silver-white leaves. Beautiful landscape plant. Spreads. Plant in full sun. Perennial.
BASIL 'African Blue' (Ocimum sp.) Grows 12-24" tall. Highly flavorful, sweetly aromatic, dark green foliage with purple veining, stems and flower spikes. Withstands cooler temperatures than other basils. Tender perennial herb - bring indoors in winter.
Basil 'Aristotle' (Ocimum basilicum minimum) Tiny leaves densely fill neat mounding plants. Ideal for containers, window boxes, or a miniature hedge. Very fragrant, with classic basil taste. Grows 12" tall. Plant in a warm protected location. Annual.
Basil ‘Aroma’ (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil 'Cinnamon' (Ocimum basilicum) Grows 12-24" tall. Small leaves have spicy scent. Rosy-pink flowers. Both flowers and leaves have cinnamon fragrance. Annual.
Basil 'Genovese' (Ocimum basilicum) Grows 24" tall. Best variety for pesto. Intensely scented. Sweet, extra large leaf basil. Vigorous variety from Italy. Annual.
Basil 'Greek Columnar' (Ocimum basilicum) Grows 24" tall. Distinctive cinnamon and cloves aroma. Dense upright habit. Medium-sized leaves. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Pinch off flowers for leaf production. Annual.
Basil Italian Large Leaf (Ocimum basilicum) Large, tender, dark green basil leaves are very sweet, excellent for pesto and other Italian dishes. Upright, 18-24" plants are hardier than other basils. Plant in a warm, protected location. Annual.
Basil 'Mrs. Burn's Lemon' (Ocimum basilicum citriodorum) Grows up to 36" tall. Excellent lemon scent with large leaves and robust growth habit. Pink flowers. Annual.
Basil 'Nufar Genovese' (Ocimum basilicum) First fusarium-resistant variety. Large-leaved sweet basil is wonderful for pesto. Intensely scented, vigorous plant. Annual.
Basil ‘Pesto Perpetual’ (Ocimum x citriodorum)
Basil 'Puck' (Ocimum basilicum minimum) Condensed habit and excellent culinary qualities combine to make this variety ideal for growing inside on a windowsill. Keep fresh basil around all year, indoors! Annual.
Basil 'Red Rubin' (Ocimum basilicum purpurascens) Purest purple basil. Fine flavor and aroma. Pink flowers. Full sun. Annual.
Basil 'Sacred Green' (Ocimum sanctum) Purple-stemmed plants produce green leaves veined in reddish purple with spicy aromatic flavor. Use in salads, stir fries, or for drying. Plant in warm protected location. Annual.
Basil Sacred Purple' (Ocimum sanctum) Dark green leaves are tinted reddish purple, with a sweet basil flavor that's excellent in sweet dishes. Use in salads, cooking, or for drying. Plant in warm protected location. Annual.
Basil 'Siam Queen Thai' (Ocimum sp.) AAS winner 1997. Grows 18" tall. Spicy, anise-licorice aroma and flavor. Deep purple flowers and dark green leaves. Use fresh or dried. Full sun. Annual.
Basil ‘Sweet Dani’ (Ocimum basilicum)
Basil 'Sweet Petra Dark Red' (Ocimum basicilicum) Darkest purple basil adds great contrast interplanted with green basils. Mild-flavored leaves can be used as garnish, in cooking. Grows 24" tall. Grow in a warm protected location. Annual.
Basil 'Thai' (Ocimum sp.) Purple-stemmed, 12-24" plants produce spicy, anise-flavored leaves that are excellent in Thai recipes or as a flavorful garnish for sweet dishes. Deep burgundy flowers. Plant in warm protected location. Annual.
CALAMINT (Calamintha cretica) Grows 20" tall. Creeping, dense gray foliage with a scent of mint and oregano. White flowers. Evergreen groundcover ideal for rock gardens. Perennial.
Calamint Variegated (Calamintha grandiflora) Showy green leaves with white variegation. Tubular pink flowers. Hardy ornamental. Grows 12" tall. Give full sun and well-drained soil. Perennial.
Calamint (Calamintha nepeta) Grows 12-18" tall. Airy lilac flowers throughout summer. Aromatic small dark green foliage. Minty flavor. Plant in full sun. Perennial.
CATMINT 'Kit Kat' (Nepeta x faassenii) Short spikes of dark purple-blue flowers appear in summer over compact, aromatic gray-green foliage. Grows 15-18" tall. Full sun. Perennial.
Catmint 'Six Hills Giant' (Nepeta x faassenii) Spikes of lavender-blue flowers with darker purple spots bloom summer to fall. Clump-forming plants grow 18" tall. Full sun or part shade. Perennial.
Catmint ‘Walker’s Low’ (Nepeta x faassenii)
CATNIP (Nepeta cataria) Upright plants with lavender flowers in early summer. Use for tea or essential oil. Cats like it, too! Grows 30-36" tall. Grow in full sun to light shade. Perennial.
CHAMOMILE German (Matricaria recutita) Grows 24-30" tall. Feathery foliage is fragrant with overtones of pineapple. Daisy-like flower heads can be dried for soothing, sedative tea. Reseeds. Plant in full sun. Annual.
CHIVES Garlic (Allium tuberosum) Grows 18" tall. Dryable white flowers. Broad flat leaves. Yummy garlic taste. Very hardy - comes back after winter. Full sun. Perennial.
Chives Grass (medium) (Allium schoenoprasum) Grows 14" tall. Purple flowers are dryable or can be used fresh to color and flavor vinegars. Medium coarse foliage. Attractive in borders or as an edging plant. Perennial.
CILANTRO 'Calypso' (Coriandrum sativum) Full, bushy plants are very slow to bolt. Tender, flavorful leaves can be snipped as needed for Mexican & Asian cooking. Plant in full sun with moist well-drained soil. Annual.
Cilantro 'Slow Bolting' (Coriandrum sativum) Also called Chinese parsley. Grows 12-15" tall. Used in many Chinese and Mexican recipes. Seeds are called coriander & are used in baked goods and curries. Allow to reseed, or replant often. Grow in well drained soil and full sun. Annual.
CUMIN (Cuminum cyminum) Fragrant dill-like foliage can be snipped & added to salads, or let seeds mature to add warm, mildly spicy, sweet flavor to curries, chilis. Grows 6-12" tall. Plant in a sunny, sheltered area. Annual.
CURRY Plant (Helichrysum angustifolium) Grows 14" tall. Ornamental plant with silvery leaves and strong curry scent. Good in mixed container or borders or can be trained as topiary. Dry the yellow flowers for arrangements. Oil used to enhance fruit flavors in confections & perfumes. Plant in full sun and warm, well drained site. Tender perennial herb.
Curry Plant 'Dwarf Nana' (Helichrysum angustifolium) Grows 8" tall. Ornamental plant with tiny fragrant heather-like silvery foliage. Compact dwarf habit. Great in border or mixed containers. Plant in full sun and warm, well drained site. Tender perennial herb.
DILL for Seed 'Long Island Mammoth' (Anethum graveolens) Ferny green plants produce flavorful seeds that can be used in pickling spice or to flavor breads, sauces, stews. Vigorous, early, high yielding variety. Annual.
Dill for Weed 'Superdukat' (Anethum graveolens) Grows 24" tall. Tetratriploid hybrid has exceptionally bushy leafy habit. Late blooming, vigorous and slow to bolt. Use fresh or dried. Full sun. Annual.
Dill for Weed 'Hera' (Anethum graveolens) Slow bolting plants with fernlike blue-green foliage excellent for flavoring vegetables, eggs, fish, salads, and pickles. Sturdy, upright plants grow 16-18" tall. Annual.
EPAZOTE (Dysphania ambrosioides) Also called Hierba Santa Maria, the pungent leaves are added to Mexican bean dishes to impart a fuller flavor and prevent gas. Young leaves have the best rich yet mild flavor. Grows 2-4 feet tall. Annual.
FENNEL 'Bronze' (Foeniculum vulgare) Grows up to 5 feet tall. Stunning bronzy, feathery foliage with blue-green stems. Use as an ornamental accent. Leaf tips used as garnish. Seeds and leaves are licorice flavored. Self sows. Full sun.
Fennel 'Florence' (Foeniculum vulgare) Grows up to 5 feet tall. Attractive lacy blue-green foliage. Seeds and leaves are licorice flavored. Use chopped leaves and bulbous base in soups or salads. Self sows. Full sun.
FENUGREEK (Trigonella foenum-graecum) Soft, three-lobed leaves can be used young in salads, soups. Dried seed can be lightly toasted and ground for use in curry powders. Plants grow 2-3' tall, need full sun. Annual.
GERMANDER 'Summer Sunshine' (Teucrium chamaedrys) Pink blooms appear in spikes mid-to-late summer. Full sun to part shade. Grows 6-8" tall. Bright golden foliage on compact, medicinal and ornamental, shrub-like plant.
Germander Trailing (Teucrium canadense) Attractive, aromatic, semi-evergreen groundcover with bright purple flowers grows to 6" tall. Sun to part shade. Great for the rock garden. Perennial.
Germander Upright (Teucrium chamaedrys) A showy plant for low edging and a lovely miniature hedge for a knot garden. Rose-colored flowers appear in midsummer and last throughout fall. It prunes very successfully for bonsai subjects, and it is also effective on steep banks because of its creeping roots.
HYSSOP 'Blue' (Hyssopus officinalis) Blue flowers bloom on trim, attractive, hedge-like plants. Grows 18-36" tall. Plant near cabbage to repel cabbage butterfly. Bee plant. Perennial.
Hyssop 'Pink' (Hyssopus officinalis) Pretty pink flowers bloom on trim, attractive, hedge-like plants. Grows 18-36" tall. Plant near cabbage to repel cabbage butterfly. Bee plant. Perennial.
LAVENDER 'Anouk' (Lavandula stoechas) Very dark violet flower spikes and silvery-gray foliage. Grows 10-12" tall. Long-blooming, compact, aromatic plants with improved hardiness. Perennial.
Lavender 'Blue Star' (Lavandula stoechas) Grows 24" tall. Compact, bushy shrub with grey-green leaves bears dense, long spikes of very fragrant blue flowers. Perennial.
Lavender 'Coconut Ice' (Lavandula angustifolia) Silvery-green shrubs with upright, spreading habit. Grows 16-18" tall. Blooms open pink, fade to white, for an unusual bicolor effect. Perennial.
Lavender 'Dilly Dilly' (Lavandula x intermedia) Deep violet-blue flowers are very fragrant. Grows 18-24" tall. Beautiful fan-like blooming habit and dense foliage. Improved hardiness. Perennial.
Lavender 'Dutch' (Lavandula x intermedia) Grows 36-48" tall. Light lavender, extremely fragrant flowers. Broad silvery foliage looks especially nice in the winter garden. Vigorous. Perennial.
Lavender 'Dwarf Blue' (Lavandula angustifolia) Compact spires of light blue flowers. Dwarf variety. Long life hardy perennial.
Lavender ‘Edelweiss’ (Lavandula x intermedia)
Lavender 'Fred Boutin' (Lavandula x intermedia) Grows 18-20" tall. Violet flowers in late summer. Upright. Grayish leaves hold their color throughout winter. Perennial.
Lavender 'French' (Lavandula dentata) Grows 36" tall. Fragrant, toothed foliage and mauve flowers with a fresh sweet aroma. Great in containers. Vigorous habit. Full sun and well-drained soil. Tender perennial herb.
Lavender 'French Variegated' (Lavandula dentata) Grows 24" tall. Beautiful variegated foliage and mauve flowers. Full sun and well-drained soil. Tender perennial herb.
Lavender 'Goodwin Creek' (Lavandula x heterophylla) Beautiful silvery gray indented leaves. Lavender blue flowers all summer. Compact growth habit - try in containers. Hardy to about 10º F. Perennial.
Lavender ‘Gray Form’ (Lavandula dentata candicans)
Lavender 'Grosso' (Lavandula x intermedia) Deep violet flowers are very fragrant. Choice variety from France has a beautiful, fanlike blooming habit. Aromatic, gray-green foliage looks great all winter. Grows 18-24" tall. Full sun. Perennial.
Lavender 'Hidcote Blue' (Lavandula angustifolia cv.) Grows 18" tall. Compact English lavender with deep blue, fragrant flowers and small silver leaves. Slow grower is excellent for borders. Full sun and well drained soil. Perennial.
Lavender 'Hidcote Pink' (Lavandula angustifolia cv.) Very gray foliage on semi-dwarf variety that produces compact spires of deep pink flowers. Long-lived hardy perennial.
Lavender 'Jean Davis' (Lavandula angustifolia cv.) Grows 18" tall. Unusual pink flowers bloom in spikes on semi-dwarf plants. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Perennial.
Lavender 'Munstead' (Lavandula angustifolia) Grows 12-18" tall. Dwarf English lavender with earlier blooms & brighter flowers. Fragrant dryable purple flower spikes all summer. Compact, bushy, and drought resistant. Best planted with southern exposure. Perennial.
Lavender 'Otto Quast' (Lavandula stoechas) Large flowers have bold dark purple bracts topped with feathery lighter purple petals. Mounding plants with narrow, silver-gray leaves grow 24-30" tall. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Tender perennial herb.
Lavender pinnata var. buchii Pale violet flower spikes appear spring to fall on fast growing, tender plants with finely divided, gray-green leaves. Grows 2-4 feet tall. Full sun. Perennial.
Lavender 'Provence' (Lavandula x intermedia) Grows 18-24" tall. Violet, very fragrant flowers bloom all summer on long spikes. Choice plant from France is used in lavender oil production. Bushy habit. Grow in full sun and well drained soil. Perennial.
Lavender 'Royal Purple' (Lavandula angustifolia) Dark navy blue and lavender 3-4" flower spikes are very showy when blooming and hold their color well when dried. Grows 24-36" tall. Plant in a dry sunny site. Perennial.
Lavender 'Silver Edge' (Lavandula walvera) Dark lavender-violet blooms on short, compact spikes. Variegated foliage is gray-green with a cream edge. Grows 24-30" tall. Perennial.
Lavender Sweet (Lavandula x heterophylla) Grows 36-48" tall. A cross between L. dentata and L. latifolia, with dark lavender flowers that dry very well. Grow in full sun. Perennial.
Lavender 'Twickel' (Lavandula angustifolia) Grows 18-20" tall. Deep lavender-blue flowers and fan-like blooming habit. Fragrant. Very hardy, keep pruned. Best in full sun and well drained soil. Perennial.
LEMON BALM 'All Gold' (Melissa officinalis) Low spreading plants covered in bright golden leaves with intense lemon fragrance and flavor. Use fresh or dried in teas, salads, cocktails. Protect from afternoon sun for best color. Grows 12-24" tall. Perennial.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
MARJORAM 'Golden Creeping' (Origanum vulgare) Spreading, aromatic foliage is chartreuse in spring and fall, greener in summer. Looks good as a groundcover or spilling over a rock wall. Occasional white flowers. Very hardy. Grows 6" tall. Perennial.
Marjoram 'Gold Tip' (Origanum vulgare) Dark green leaves marked with brilliant yellow can be used fresh or dried in soups, meat and vegetable dishes. Lavender pink flowers in summer. Grows 12-16" tall. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Marjoram 'Sweet Hardy' (Origanum majorana) Edible and ornamental plants, with flavorful leaves that are sweeter and less strong than those of its relative, oregano. Use the leaves in vinegars, soups, salads and dressings. Vigorous. Perennial.
MINT 'Apple' (Mentha suaveolens) Rounded, woolly, light green leaves have a sweet apple-like scent. Delicious for teas! Purple-white flowers appear in summer. Grows 18-24" tall. Perennial.
Mint ‘Banana’ (Mentha arvensis)
Mint Basal (Mentha sp.) Leaves and flowers are good in salad. Propagates by vigorous runners. Perennial.
Mint 'Butter' (Mentha spicata) Textured, pointed green leaves with a spearmint flavor can be used to flavor tea or candy. Harvest leaves before the pale purple flowers appear for best flavor. Grows 1-2 feet tall. Perennial.
Mint 'Chewing Gum' (Mentha spicata) Grows 10-18" tall. Deep mahogany-green foliage has a delicious bubble gum flavor and aroma. Vigorous plants. Perennial.
Mint 'Chocolate' (Mentha x piperita) Grows 18-24" tall. Lavender blooms. Delicious hint of chocolate and mint - like a peppermint patty! Rare variety makes a nice landscape plant. Sun or partial shade. Perennial.
Mint 'Corsican' (Menthe requienii) Features small, rounded, aromatic leaves and light purple blooms in summer. Invigorating mint-scented foliage is a welcome addition to any herb garden. A perfect choice to fill paving cracks. It will perform best in moist, fertile soil. Tender perennial.
Mint 'Crosscut' (Mentha sp.) New variety discovered near an old Oregon mining claim! Smooth green rounded leaves grow on reddish brown stems and can be used for garnishes or teas. Tolerates almost any condition but best in part shade, moist soil. Perennial.
Mint Curled (Mentha aquatic crispa) Grows 24" tall. Broad crinkly leaves have sweet mint flavor. Compact. Plant in sun or part shade and moist soil. Perennial.
Mint ‘Eau de Cologne’ (Mentha x piperita f. citrata)
Mint 'Ginger' syn. (Mentha x gentiles) Yellow and green striped leaves look their best in spring but hold variegation throughout summer. Prune back annually to rejuvenate appearance. Fine fruity, spicy flavor that combines well with any fruit, salmon or Thai cooking. Grows 12-36" tall. Perennial.
Mint 'Grapefruit' (Mentha x piperita f. citrata) A very pretty mint, with glossy green foliage and pale violet-blue flowers. Grapefruit-flavored leaves are wonderful in iced tea or as an edible garnish. Grows 18-24" tall. Grow in full sun to part shade. Perennial.
Mint 'Habak' (Mentha longifolia) Bushy variety from the Middle East, with narrow light green leaves and light pink flowers. Grows 2-4 feet tall. Sun to part shade. Perennial.
Mint 'Julep' (Mentha species) Grows 12-24" tall. Medium-sized leaves with good spearmint aroma and flavor. Great for teas or mint juleps. Perennial.
Mint 'Margarita' (Mentha species) Beautiful, bold, lime-scented mint with bronze-tipped leaves is perfect for making margaritas. Harvest leaves as needed and use fresh or dried. Sun to part shade. Plants grow 6-12" tall. Perennial.
Mint 'Mojito' (Mentha x villosa) The authentic Cuban mint! It lends a warm, complex flavor to the famed mojito cocktail. Harvest leaves as needed and use fresh or dried. Sun to part shade. Plants grow 18-24" tall. Perennial.
Mint 'Moroccan' (Mentha spicata) Large, spearmint-scented leaves are good for teas and potpourri. Ornamental variety with purple leaf undersides and dark stems. Lavender flowers in late summer. Spreads vigorously, best grown in containers. Perennial.
Mint 'Murray Mitcham' peppermint (Mentha x piperita) Vigorous variety bred for disease resistance (mint wilt). Strong primary stems. Pungent useable flavor. Perennial.
Mint 'Native' spearmint (Mentha spicata) Strong growing variety is taller than Scotch Spearmint. Native to the United States. Perennial.
Mint 'Orange Bergamont' (Mentha citrata) Coppery tinted foliage makes this mint a great landscape plant. Strong citrus-mint scent and flavor. Try in hanging baskets. Perennial.
Mint 'Peppermint' (Mentha x piperita) Pale purple flowers in summer. Dark green leaves with a reddish tinge. Perennial.
Mint 'Pineapple' (Mentha suaveolens variegata) Lush and fragrant plants supply gorgeous sprigs for a colorful garnish. Plants grow 16" tall, provide great winter color. Cut back in fall. Perennial.
Mint 'Spearmint' (Mentha spicata) Crinkled bright green leaves are harvested just as the flowers open for best flavor. Use fresh or dried in teas, cooking. Plant in pots or containers to prevent spreading. Part shade. Grows 12-24" tall. Perennial.
OREGANO 'Barbara Tingey' (Origanum rotundifolium x scabrum) An extremely ornamental variety, with small lavender-pink flowers peeping out from long hop-like bracts that start out light green, shading to rose pink as they age. Mounding blue-green plants are ideal for hanging baskets, containers. Grows 8" tall. Full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Oregano 'Bristol Grass' (Oregano vulgare) Culinary and ornamental variety with pink flowers thrives in hot, dry conditions. Striking in hanging baskets. Perennial.
Oregano 'Dingle Fairy' (Origanum rotundifolium) Cushiony blue-green foliage produces masses of hoplike inflorescenes with lilac flowers and pink, cream and pale green bracts. Aromatic, flavorful leaves are delicious for pizza, pasta. Grows 6-12" tall. Needs full sun with good drainage; ideal for rock gardens or containers. Perennial.
Oregano 'Dittany of Crete' (Origanum dictamnus) Pink hop-like blossoms appear on trailing plants with downy silver leaves. Grow in containers, rock gardens. Needs sun, well-drained soil. Tender perennial - bring in for winter.
Oregano 'Dwarf Greek' (Origanum compacta 'Nana') Grows 10" tall. Whitish-pink flowers. Strong flavor, unusual growth habit. Excellent for rockeries. Needs sun. Perennial.
Oregano 'Golden Crinkled' (Origanum vulgare crispum) Grows 6" tall. Ornamental landscape plant. Distinctive groundcover or hanging basket plant. Can be used as culinary herb. Grow in sun as hardy trailer. Perennial.
Oregano Greek (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum) This is the true oregano collected wild in the mountains of Greece. White flowers; very hardy. Spicy variety with excellent flavor is indispensable in Italian, Spanish and Mexican cookery, especially pizza and other tomato dishes. Also wonderful in beef or lamb stew, gravies, soups, salads or casseroles. Perennial.
Oregano'Greek Kaliteri' (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum) Grows 18" tall. A superb seasoning due to its high oil content. Commercially grown in Greece for the gourmet oregano market; its name means "the best" in Greek. Spicy, silvery gray foliage. Full sun and well-drained soil. Perennial.
Oregano 'Greek Mountain' (Origanum herocleoticum) Culinary, aromatic and medicinal variety with white flowers. Low growing. Beautiful in its native setting in Crete! Perennial.
Oregano 'Hopley's Purple' (Origanum laevigatum) Grows 15-18" tall. Very showy, bright reddish-purple flowers bloom all summer on mat-forming, deep green plants. Leaves are excellent for drying. Grow in a warm sunny location. Perennial.
Oregano 'Hot and Spicy' (Origanum vulgare) Medium green leaves have a tongue tingling flavor. Grows 18-24" tall. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Perennial.
Oregano Italian (Origanum sp.) A fine culinary oregano with strong flavor and delicious scent. Grow in full sun and well drained soil. Perennial.
Oregano'Jim Best' (Origanum sp.) Grows 6-12" tall. Variegated green and yellow leaves. Ornamental and culinary strain. Grow in full or partial sun and well-drained soil. Perennial.
Oregano 'Kent Beauty' (Origanum rotundifolium x scabrum) Grows 9-12" tall. Showy rich pink bracts on large hop-like flowers in summer. Trailing habit. Good aroma and sharp, bitter oregano flavor. Flowers are dryable. Full sun. Perennial.
Oregano 'Mini Compact' (Origanum humile) Creeping oregano variety with deep green, aromatic foliage is ideal for groundcover, rock garden, or a small kitchen garden. Tiny white to purple flowers in spring and summer. Grows 6" tall. Full sun. Perennial.
Oregano Variegated (Origanum vulgare variegata) Unusual variegated, aromatic foliage with white to pink flowers. Plant in well-drained soil. Full sun to part shade. Grows 12" tall. Perennial.
PATCHOULI (Pogostemon heyneanus) Grows 30" tall. Fragrant herb from India whose leaves give off a distinctive, exotic aroma. Purple flowers bloom on spikes in late fall. Good house plant. Perennial.
PENNYROYAL 'Nana' (Mentha pulegium) Grows 4-6" tall. Dense, ground-hugging mat of bright green foliage with a minty scent can be used between stepping stones. Purple flowers. Also used as flea repellant. Perennial.
ROSEMARY – Trailing Varieties
Rosemary 'Benenden Blue' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Deep blue flowers appear on upright plants with narrow, pine scented foliage. Must have full sun, good drainage. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Corsican' (Rosmarinus prostratus) Bushy, semi-trailing plants with deep blue flowers and very pungent, needlelike green foliage that's excellent for cooking. Grows 24-30" tall. Needs full sun, good drainage. Grow near south facing wall for best chance of overwintering. Tender perennial.
Rosemary 'Haifa' (Rosmarinus sp.) Grows to 4" tall. Trailing rosemary with pale blue flowers and dark green, narrow leaves. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Huntington Carpet' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Grows 12-24" tall. Sky-blue flowers appear repeatedly on low, fast-growing plants that form a thick, fine-textured groundcover. Rare variety. Grow in full sun, well-drained soil. Tender perennial.
Rosemary 'Irene' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Deepest blue flowers of any variety. Vigorous prostrate plants with aromatic foliage and a neat attractive habit grow 12-18" tall. Fantastic for containers or cascading over rock walls. Needs full sun, well drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Mrs. Howard's Creeping' (Rosmarinus officinalis) An ornamental and culinary rosemary with repeated flushes of light blue flowers and thick needle-like green leaves with a traditional rosemary aroma. Grows 1-2 feet tall. Full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Prostratus' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Bright blue flowers bloom continuously on aromatic plants with a creeping, prostrate habit. Good drainage very important. Full sun. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Santa Barbara' (Rosmarinus officinalis lavandulaceous) Pale blue flowers appear on fragrant trailing plants. Excellent for groundcover or trailing over a rock wall. Harvest the pungent green foliage for use in the kitchen. Grows 2 feet tall. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Shimmering Stars' (Rosmarinus prostratus x majorea) Grows 10" tall. Pink buds open to large pale blue flowers, with a distinct stripe and speck inside. Large broad foliage. Creeping habit. Needs good drainage. Perennial.
Rosemary Wood (Rosmarinus officinalis) Grows 24-36" tall. Deep blue flowers with a purple tinge bloom on semi-prostrate plants with graceful curling branches. Attractive in hanging baskets. Needs good drainage. Perennial.
ROSEMARY – Upright Varieties
Rosemary 'Arp' (Rosmarinus officinalis) One of the hardiest of the upright forms, with light gray-green foliage and pale blue flowers. Grows 3-5 feet tall. Needs good drainage, full sun. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Blue Gem' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Grows to 36" tall. Brilliant sky blue flowers appear on upright plants with glossy green leaves. Grow in full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Blue Lagoon' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Deep blue flowers cover semi-prostrate arching stems with narrow, dark green leaves. Hardy to -8 degrees C. Grows 25" tall. Perennial.
Rosemary ‘Blue Spire’ (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary 'Gorizia' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Grows up to 4' tall. Upright rosemary with light blue flowers. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Hardy Hill' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Grows up to 4' tall. Upright rosemary with blue flowers. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Miss Jessup' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Light blue flowers. Upright plants with strong columnar growth. May grow into a large shrub; ideal for beds or oversized containers. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Paris' (Rosemarinus officinalis) Purple flowers bloom on upright plants in spring to late summer. The broad, needle-like, aromatic green leaves add pungent flavor to soup, meat, bread. Sun, well-drained soil. Grows 3-4' tall. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Pine Scented' (Rosmarinus angustifolia) Dark blue flowers. Small needle-like leaves give the plant an airy look. Upright growth. Good drainage important. Tender perennial.
Rosemary 'Pink Flower' (Rosmarinus offinalis) Unusual pale pink tubular flowers appear on fragrant upright plants. Needle-like green foliage may be used for cooking. Grows 3 feet tall. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Salem' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Grows up to 3' tall. Upright, fast-growing plants with showy violet-blue flowers and glossy, narrow green leaves with a strong piney fragrance. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'Spice Island' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Narrow bright green leaves are wonderfully pungent – ideal for cooking with meat and potato dishes, or for baking into breads. Upright plants with blue flowers are also beautiful in a mixed bed or herb garden. Grows 2-3 feet tall. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary ‘Sudbury Blue’ (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue' (Rosmarinus officinalis) Grows 36-60" tall. Bright violet-blue flowers on vigorous upright plants. Large leaves are fragrant and are excellent for drying. Harvest tips to keep bushy. Grow in sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Rosemary 'White' (Rosmarinus officinalis alba) Grows 4-5 feet tall. Pure white flowers bloom on upright plants with light green leaves and hairy stems. Collectors' variety. Tender perennial.
SAGE 'Berggarten' (Salvia officinalis) Grows 12-18" tall. Choice, exceptional, largest-leaved culinary sage with blue-gray aromatic leaves. Vigorous and low growing variety forms compact bush. Perennial.
Sage 'Bicolor Icterina' (Salvia officinalis) Mauve-blue flowers bloom in spring on aromatic plants with textured, green and gold variegated leaves. Grows 20-30" tall. Perennial.
Sage 'Curly' (Salvia officinalis) Unique new sage with ruffled gray-green leaves. Culinary and landscape value. Perennial.
Sage 'Danielle's Dream' (Salvia leucantha) Long-flowering variety produces pink blooms with white calyces on aromatic plants with soft green foliage. Vigorous, upright plants can be grown in containers. Full sun. Grows up to 20" tall. Perennial.
Sage 'Dwarf Green' (Salvia officinalis minuta) Grows 12-18" tall. Low growing with bright blue flowers. Bushy compact variety with smaller leaves is good for borders, hedges, containers, or rock gardens. Grow in full sun. Perennial.
Sage 'Golden' (Salvia officinalis) Ornamental and culinary. Aromatic, clumpforming plants with woolly, textured, chartreuse foliage and racemes of lilac-blue flowers. Ideal for color contrast in the garden. Perennial.
Sage 'Growers' Friend' (Salvia officinalis) Velvety green leaves scented with citrus. Evergreen, aromatic foliage is nice in the garden and in the kitchen. Blooms range from rose to violet to lavender, appearing from early spring to mid summer. Attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Perennial.
Sage 'Holt's Mammoth' (Salvia officinalis) Grows 24-36" tall. Large green sage produces lots of flavorful green leaves that are great for cooking – use as you would common sage. Vigorous growth habit. Plant in full sun. Perennial.
Sage 'Honeydew Melon' (Salvia elegans) Distinct wonderful melon fragrance. Blooms all summer. Foliage and flowers are great in salads and beverages. Grows 24-36" tall. Tender perennial.
Sage 'Nazareth' (Salvia officinalis) Pale purple flowers in spring. Silvery leaves. Compact habit. Grows 20-30" tall. Perennial.
Sage 'Pineapple' (Salvia elegans) Grows 24-36" tall. Soft fuzzy leaves with great pineapple flavor and aroma. Brilliant red flower spikes attract butterflies. Pinch to keep bushy. Use leaves sparingly in salads, jellies, potpourris and sachets. Tender perennial – bring in during winter.
Sage 'Pink Flower' (Salvia offinalis) Ornamental and culinary. Unusual rose-pink tubular flowers bloom in spikes in summer. Savory soft green leaves are ideal for flavoring soups, stews, meat, or stuffing. Perennial.
Sage Purple (Salvia officinalis purpurea) Grows 15-24" tall. Purple flowers and deep purple foliage. Ornamental, compact grower provides great winter color in the landscape and wonderful flavor for culinary uses. Plant in full sun. Perennial.
Sage 'Santa Barbara' (Salvia leucantha) Lavender-rose flowers with purple calyces appear in summer on aromatic plants with gray-green leaves & white stems. More compact than other Mexican sage. Full sun. Grows 2-3' tall. Perennial.
Sage 'Tricolor' (Salvia officinalis) Grows 24-36" tall. Striking ornamental plant with great winter color. Purple, pink, green, and cream colored foliage is beautiful in mixed planters or used as a garnish. Rarely flowers. Needs full sun, good drainage. Tender perennial.
Sage 'White Edged' (Salvia officinalis) A nice ornamental plant for a sunny bed or border, with silver-green leaves edged in white and spikes of rose-purple flowers in summer. Leaves may be used in soup, stuffing, omelets, or to flavor meats. Grows 24-30" tall. Perennial.
Sage 'White Mischief' (Salvia leucantha) Pure white flowers appear in summer to fall on upright plants with slightly hairy green foliage. Long-flowering variety is well-suited to growing in containers. Full sun. Grows up to 20" tall. Perennial.
SANTOLINA 'Gray' (Santolina chamaecyparissus) Also called Lavender Cotton. Grows 24" tall. Aromatic, silvery-gray, feathery, woolly leaves. Yellow button-like flowers in mid summer. Suitable for low hedge or topiary. Shrubby - keep tight by pruning and cut back in spring. Grow in full sun. Perennial.
Santolina 'Green' (Santolina virens) Grows 24" tall. Brilliant emerald green leaves. Yellow button-like flowers in mid-summer. Suitable for low hedge, knot garden or topiary. Evergreen. Keep growing low by pruning. Plant in full sun. Perennial.
Santolina 'Lemon Twist' (Santolina chamaecyparissus)
SAVORY 'Creeping Winter' (Satureja montana procumbens) Grows 6" tall. Low-growing plants with white flowers are effective as a groundcover or rockery plant. Strongly flavored leaves may be clipped before the plant flowers for drying. Perennial.
Savory 'Winter Dwarf' (Satureja montana) Grows 6-18" tall. Lilac flowers appear in late summer on a shrubby evergreen, good for borders and hedges. Smaller and more compact than summer savory, with thick evergreen leaves that add a peppery flavor to beans and other vegetables. Perennial.
SORREL 'Blonde de Lyon' (Rumex acetosa) French variety. Use the large, succulent, lemon-flavored leaves in soup, salad, herb butter. Remove flowers to keep leaves tender. Perennial.
Sorrel 'Large Leaf' (Rumex acetosa) Wide, arrow-shaped leaves have a delicious lemon flavor. Add new tender leaves to salad, soup. Greenish-yellow to red flowers in midsummer. Grows 36" tall. Plant in full sun, rich moist soil. Perennial.
STEVIA rebaudiana Sweet Herb of Paraguay Incredibly sweet leaves can be used like sugar. Grows 3' high x 3' wide. Pick off white flowers, then use the leaves fresh, dried, frozen or powdered. One teaspoon dried leaves is the equivalent of one cup of sugar. Tender perennial.
TARRAGON French (Artemisia dracunculus sativa) Delicate, narrow leaves have a strong anise flavor. Try sprigs in vinegar. Half-hardy perennial dies to the ground in winter, so mark the site before the plant loses its leaves. Plant in well-drained light soil and full sun. Tender perennial.
THYME 'Archer's Gold' (Thymus sp.) Grows 3" tall. Ornamental dwarf groundcover with golden yellow foliage and white flowers in early spring. Mat forming plants are perfect for use between stepping stones. Perennial.
Thyme ‘Caborn Wine & Roses’ (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme 'Derry' (Thymus camphorates) Tidy, rounded evergreen plants have small, grayish, orange-scented leaves and white or rose flowers in mid spring. Needs full sun, well-drained soil, protection from wind. Grows 12-18" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'Doone Valley' (Thymus x citriodorus) Grows 2-8" tall. Variegated green and gold foliage turns reddish in winter. Prostrate plants with fresh lemon scent are nice in containers or as edging. Culinary variety. Perennial.
Thyme 'English' (Thymus vulgaris) Grows 12-18" tall. One of the best culinary varieties, with pungent dark green leaves on upright plants. Pale lilac blooms. Perennial.
Thyme ‘Foxley’ (Thymus pulegioides)
Thyme 'French' (Thymus vulgaris) Forms a pretty, low-growing 12" shrub with cascading stems. Tiny, dark gray-green, strongly aromatic leaves. Perennial.
Thyme 'French Summer' (Thymus vulgaris) Aromatic grayish leaves are high in essential oil, for delicious flavor in egg, meat, poultry, fish, and vegetable dishes. Purple-pink flowers in summer. Grows 8-12" tall. Protect in winter. Perennial.
Thyme 'German Winter' (Thymus vulgaris) Low-growing culinary variety with large flavorful leaves that can be used fresh or dried. Produces white or rose flowers in mid spring. Plant in full sun, well-drained soil. Grows 8-12" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'Golden Lemon' Variegated (Thymus x citriodorus) An aromatic, culinary and ornamental thyme, with sweet lemon scent and lavender flowers. Grows 6-12" tall. Perennial.
Thyme Greater Wild (Thymus pulegioides) Forms a low growing mat, with mauve flowers in late spring, for pretty, aromatic groundcover. Use leaves fresh or dried in cooking. Full sun, well-drained soil. Grows 5-10" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'Hi Ho Silver' (Thymus vulgaris) Grows 6-12". Upright, attractive variation of Silver thyme with more variegation. White flowers. Makes excellent ornamental. Perennial. Not a sport; will not revert back to green. Perennial.
Thyme 'Lemon' (Thymus x citriodorus) Glossy green, aromatic leaves have a strong lemon scent and taste that's wonderful for flavoring marinades for fish or chicken. Low growing evergreen plants are covered with small pink flowers in early summer. Suitable for containers. Grows 12" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'Lemon Frost' (Thymus x citriodorus cv.) Lemon scented foliage forms a mat of dark, shiny green leaves, with pure white flowers that bloom in spring and again in fall. Makes good ground cover. Grows 3" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'Lime Green' (Thymus x citriodorus) Grows 12" tall. Dense mounding plants have rounded, light green leaves with sweet citrus fragrance. Pink flowers. A nice ornamental contrast to darker-leaved plants. Grow in full sun. Perennial.
Thyme minus 'Elfin' (Thymus serpyllum minus) Very unique – a tight grower with miniature leaves that forms a thick, flat mat. Excellent over rocks or between stepping stones. Grow in sun to part shade. Perennial.
Thyme 'Orange Balsam' (Thymus vulgaris) Grows 10-12" tall. Purplish-pink flowers. Aromatic foliage. Grow in full sun. Perennial.
Thyme 'Pink Chintz' (Thymus serpyllum cv.) A pretty ornamental variety, with light pink flowers that appear over a long bloom period. Drought-tolerant plants with tiny, fuzzy gray-green leaves can be used as a groundcover or between stepping stones. Grows 2-3" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'Red Creeping' (Thymus serpyllum coccineus) Grows 3" tall. Choice evergreen landscape plant. A drought-tolerant ground hugger with a profusion of reddish purple star-like flowers in spring. Shear for second bloom. Sun or partial shade. Perennial.
Thyme Shepherd's (Thymus serpyllum Hort form) Creeping plants with aromatic, glossy blue-green leaves are as a groundcover or falling over rock walls. Clusters of purple flowers appear in summer. Grows 5-10" tall. Full sun. Perennial.
Thyme 'Silver Edged' (Thymus vulgaris argenteus) Grows 8-12" tall. Tiny, white-edged leaves are aromatic and flavorful. Great for an accent plant in containers. Upright growth. Stays compact if pinched back. Perennial.
Thyme 'Silver Queen' (Thymus x citriodorus) Gray-green leaves edged in silver have a strong lemon scented. Pale pink flowers bloom in summer. Grows 8-12" tall. Excellent for hanging baskets. Perennial.
Thyme Spanish (Thymus zygis) Upright plants with aromatic, dark green foliage produce spikes of white flowers in summer. A popular medicinal variety native to Southern Europe. Grows 12" tall. Full sun, well-drained soil. Perennial.
Thyme Spanish Wood (Thymus mastichina) Also known as Spanish Wood Marjoram. Upright, bushy plants have a distinctive eucaluptus aroma and small white flowers. Used in making essential oil, for flavoring meats. Grows 12-24" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'White Creeping' (Thymus serpyllum 'Albus') Creeping foliage with tiny green leaves forms a tight mat that's covered with bright white blooms in summer. More shade-tolerant than other varieties, for use in lightly shaded beds or containers. Grows 3-6" tall. Perennial.
Thyme 'Woolly' (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) Grows 2" tall. Fuzzy gray foliage is excellent between stepping stones, spilling over walls, in rock gardens or as groundcover. Successful as a hanging basket in the Northwest. Rarely flowers. Perennial.
WATERCRESS (Nasturtium officinale) Fast-growing, aquatic hardy plant produces bright green, peppery-flavored leaves on hollow stems throughout spring, summer, and fall. Grows best in running water, so plant by a stream or in a water feature with good circulation. Remove flowers for the best-tasting leaves.
WOODRUFF 'Sweet' (Galium odoratum) Grows 6-8" tall. Lovely groundcover for partly sunny or shady spots, with tiny white starry flowers from spring through mid-summer. Dried leaves have vanilla fragrance, ideal for use in potpourris and sachets. Perennial.
YERBA BUENA (Satureja douglasii) Grows 6" tall. Vigorous hardy groundcover or hanging basket. White flowers in mid-summer. Aromatic foliage. Tea plant. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Also excellent in Mint Juleps!
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‘Early Italian Purple’
TRADITIONAL HEALING HERBS
Time-honored plants valued for their medicinal and therapeutic properties.
ALOE Aloe vera
ANGELICA Archangelica officinalis
BETONY Stachys officinalis
BURNET Poterium sanguisorba
BURNING BUSH Dictamus albus
CATNIP Nepeta cataria
CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita
CHAMOMILE Chamaemelum nobile
CLARY SAGE Salvia sclarea
COSTMARY Chrysanthemum balsamita
COWSLIP Primula veris
ECHINACEA Echinacea purpurea
FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare
FEVERFEW Chrysanthemum parthenium
GOLDENROD Solidago virgaurea
HOREHOUND Marrubium vulgare
HORSERADISH Amoracia rusticana
HYSSOP Hyssopus officinalis
LADY’S MANTLE Alchemilla vulgaris
LAVENDER Lavandula officinalis
LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis
LUNGWORT Pulmonaria officinalis
MARSHMALLOW Althaea officinalis
MOTHERWORT Leonurus cardiaca
MULLEIN Verbascum thapsus
OREGANO Origanum vulgare
PEPPERMINT Mentha x piperita
ROSEMARY Rosmarinus officinalis
SAGE Salvia officinalis
SKULLCAP Scutellaria laterifolia
SUMMER SAVORY Satureja hortensis
THYME Thymus vulgaris
TURTLEHEAD Chelone glabra
SWEET VIOLET Viola odorata
WILD YARROW Achillea millefolium
HERBS FOR DRINKS
Ingredients for delicious drinks, recipes with each plant. Vintage clay pots.
MENTHA x villosa ‘Mojito Mint’
MENTHA ‘Margarita Mint’
Aromatic, shaped mini basil grafted on vigorous
rootstock for extended harvest
Grafted Basil ‘Bonsai’