The Joy of Growing Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis Growing rosemary is a pleasure; using it is sheer delight. The uplifting, invigorating fragrance of the bruised leaves of Rosmarinus officinalis is sufficient excuse for planting the herb, and, if you’ve ever been in a kitchen when rosemary chicken was roasting in the oven, you will be eager to enjoy that delicious aroma in your… Continue reading The Joy of Growing Rosemary

Provence Lavender Lavandula x intermedia

Provence lavender plants, Lavandula x intermedia, bear mauve flowers (in contrast to the dark purple blooms produced by other lavender varieties) which are intensely fragrant. Lavender Provence in Full Bloom Buy Lavender, Provence Blue 1 Plant Buy Lavender, Provence Blue 1 Pkt. (50 seeds) Although it is pretty, Provence French lavender is not the showiest garden… Continue reading Provence Lavender Lavandula x intermedia

How To Grow Basil

How to grow basil in the ground or in a pot. Growing basil from seed or cuttings. Basil plant care is simple. Give it plenty of sun and moist soil. Top dress it with a handful of organic compost once in a while. Protect your basil plant from the cold and grey mold and it… Continue reading How To Grow Basil

Growing the Lemon Balm Plant

Melissa officinalis Uses and Benefits The bright green, aromatic leaves of the lemon balm plant will add flavor to your garden and your table. Growing and cooking with Melissa officinalis. Using the leaves to make herb tea. This hardy perennial herb grows into a 24 inch mound. One plant will provide most households with as much lemony… Continue reading Growing the Lemon Balm Plant

Growing Culinary Herbs

For untold centuries people have been growing culinary herbs in kitchen herb gardens and even mixed into flower borders. Kitchen herb gardening is intimately woven into the life, times, and customs of all generations. This is a kitchen herb garden on display in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Books on growing culinary herbs are sometimes too technical… Continue reading Growing Culinary Herbs

Mexican Mint Marigold Tagetes lucida

A French Tarragon Substitute Mexican mint marigold, Tagetes lucida is an herb that can be used as a French tarragon substitute. People in Florida call it Mexican tarragon. Texans know it as winter or Texas tarragon. “Sweet Marigold, Licorice 1 Pkt. (50 seeds)” The narrow green leaves of Mexican marigold resemble those of the French true tarragon… Continue reading Mexican Mint Marigold Tagetes lucida

About Russian Tarragon Herb

Artemisia dracunculoides About Russian tarragon herb, Artemisia dracunculoides. This French tarragon look alike grows more robustly and is easier to reproduce than French true tarragon but it has an inferior flavor. Unscrupulous nurseries like to use this wild tarragon plant as a substitute for tarragon because it can be grown from seed. French tarragon does not… Continue reading About Russian Tarragon Herb

Winter Savory Herb

Satureja montana L Winter savory herb, Satureja montana L is the perennial sister of summer savory, Satureja hortensis. Winter and summer savory both have aromatic gray-green leaves and bear loose spikes of pink, white, or lavender blossoms each summer. Satureja montana grows 6-12 inches high with a spreading habit. Start plants from seed. Sow the seeds in site after the… Continue reading Winter Savory Herb

Scented Geraniums – Scented Geranium Plants

Pelargonium spp. Scented geraniums. Cultivating Pelargoniums. Pelargonium graveolens, crispum and odoratissimum info and uses. Apple, rose and lemon scented geranium plants. Quite different from other members of the genus Pelargonium, scented leaf geraniums plants are mainly grown for the perfume they emit whenever their foliage is disturbed. The flowers are usually not the main attraction with these mostly indoor geraniums. There are… Continue reading Scented Geraniums – Scented Geranium Plants

Cayenne Peppers Info

Capsicum annuum Cayenne peppers (Capsicum annuum) info. Information about growing, drying, and the health benefits of cayenne pepper plants and fruit. Buy plants and seeds for several types of cayenne. Buy Pepper, Hot Ristra Cayenne Hybrid 3 Plants Cayenne Fruit Cayenne fruit is long (3-8 inches) and slender (1/2-1 inch wide). They taper to pointed… Continue reading Cayenne Peppers Info