Summer is in full swing. Hot and humid weather is not prime time to install new plants in to your landscape. However, if you still are itching to get your hands in the soil and use your green thumb, an herb garden is the way to go.
We recommend to keep your herb garden in a container. Herbs will grow well in the ground, but can spread like weeds if not confined. Planting in a container also allows for easy access if you plan on actually cooking with them by placing the containers near your kitchen.
Herbs thrive in sunny, dry conditions. They do not like to have “wet feet”, so be sure your container has good drainage and is not watered too much.
There are many options when it comes to choosing which herbs to plant. Start with herbs that you will use frequently. One plant of any herb is usually more than enough for one family. As soon as you cut a portion off of a stem, more grows back before you know it.
Basil and rosemary are some of the most popular and most used out of the herbs, but do not be afraid to experiment with different ones. Other herbs we like to use are sage, thyme, oregano and mint. They are all excellent seasonings for meals, but have great ornamental value as well.
Not only is an herb garden used for eating, but it can also be a beautiful accent on a window or deck space. For example, cuban oregano has beautiful green and white foliage that smells wonderful and looks great mixed in with flowers in a container.
Herb gardens can be a large undertaking or an easy one hour project. It is completely up to you how far you wish to take it. Feel free to call us with any questions. Happy Gardening!