You don't need a garden plot to keep yourself supplied with fresh herbs. A sunny location, some soil, pots and a bit of care can turn a balcony, staircase, deck, patio or window into a private produce department. While mint and rosemary are best grown in individual containers, you can pack a smorgasbord of various herbs into a window box.
Whether you're new to gardening or a seasoned pro, these tasty, but easy-to-grow, flavour-filled herbs will have you hooked on fresh.
At the end of the season, dry some of your own herbs for winter use.
The best-known Fennichio, loved for its sweet aroma and edible foliage. Perfect for baby to medium-sized bulbs and prized for its tender, aromatic foliage which can be used like leaf fennel. Bulbs do not fill out as much as standard fennel. Wonderful fragrance comes from increased levels of anethole, an aromatic compound also found in anise. Ideal for baby bulbs · Spring crop · 2-3" bulbs (Foeniculum vulgare). Maturity 80 days.
(Angelica archangelica) Stately biennial plant exceeding six feet in height. Really makes an impact with its large compound leaves and, in its second year, its intricately fluted, hollow flower stem. The aromatic stems have a flavor similar to licorice--sweet tasting and useful in cakes and pastries. An essential ingredient of Chartreuse or Benedictine liqueur. The sweetly scented root is used medicinally for reputed value in fighting infection, improving energy and to stimulate circul..
Basil, Genovese. Heritage (Italian, Pre 1879). Sweet Genovese is often associated with Italian cuisine. Basil is native to the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. This delicate herb has with an intense, spicy-sweet, aroma and a slight anise-like undertone. It is THE Basil for pesto and a wonderful companion plant. A favorite of summer and best with garden fresh tomatoes! The large leaves of this basil are ideal for salads, pesto, meats, and eggs.Slow to bolt.&..
Lemon basil has a wonderful citrus fragrance and flavor. Good in vinegar and with fish, meats and in pesto. Bring the wonderful fragrance indoors by adding the dried leaves to potpourri. Grow indoors or out. Maturity 60 days.
Intense dark purple-red color with mild and aromatic basil flavor - a favorite in our trials! An improved strain of Rubin with very uniform germination and stand, no green off-types and stronger, more upright stems. Tall lavender flower spikes are lovely in bouquets and should be pinched for better leaf production. Compact, upright habit · Edible and ornamental (Ocimum basilicum). Maturity 65 Days.
Musky, fragrant flowers and foliage excellent for tea and medicinal purposes. Also known as Holy basil. Worshiped by Hindis as Tulasi, the incarnation of the goddess. Flowers attract bees and are refreshing added to ice water or dried for tea. Many medicinal properties including adaptogenic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory qualities; also an immune stimulant. 40M seeds/oz. Potent medicinal · Tea plant (Ocimum basilicum). Maturity 75 Days.
Traditional Italian favorite used fresh, in vinegars and as the main ingredient for pesto. This very popular and heavy-yielding variety produces large aromatic leaves that delight the taste buds as well as the nose. Leaves are deep green and slightly cupped. Average height is 10-12”. • Versatile • Field or containers. (Ocimum basilicum subsp). Maturity 65 days.
Heirloom Herb. The seeds are used to flavour bread, pastry, cakes, confections, cheeses, sauces and soups. Fresh leaves can be used as a garnish in vegetable dishes. Plants grow from 45-60cm (1.5-2') high. Caraway is a biennial hardy in zones 5 to 8. It is grown as an annual in lower hardiness zones.
How To Grow
In Zones 5 to 8, start seed directly outdoors in a sunny area early September or mid-spring. In lower hardiness zones, sow seed directly outdoors in mid-..
Perennial Herb. This plant, which is one of the mint family, takes its name because of its particular attraction for cats. Young leaves and shoots also impart lemony-mintness to everyday cooking and to catnip tea. Can also be grown for bee forage. People & Cats & Bee's love it! Maturity 80 Days
Petite daisy-like flowers nod on a low plant. To better harvest the flowers, it is best grown in a bed by itself. German Chamomile prefers cool weather so sow in early spring and again in late summer. Gather flowers before they fully open. Fresh or dried, use them for a soothing tea or in many medicinal preparations. Maturity 75 days.
The stems and blooms of the Garlic Chive are both edible. They have a mild garlic-onion taste. Garlic chives grow in a closer clump than regular chives and grow much faster. Perennial. Maturity 90 Days.
Dense bunches of aromatic dark green leaves on long-standing, bolt-tolerant plants. Compared to Santo, Caribe has a slightly thinner stem, higher vigor and seed emergence and better bolt tolerance in the field. A great choice for greenhouse growers, or anyone who wants a long-standing cilantro. 2,200 seeds/oz. Good greenhouse crop · Bolt-tolerant (Coriander sativum). Maturity 55 days.
Dill ~ Bouqet (Anethum graveolens) Organic - 40-55 days leaf, 85-95 days seed. High yields of tasty foliage and seeds on sturdy plants that reach a height of 95 – 105 cm. The unmistakable taste of dill weed flavours many foods. Potato soup, Tuna salad & cucumber salads are a few of our favorites. Seed heads are essential for pickling.
Lemon balm's fragrance is true to its name, citrusy and fresh. Its scent is released just by brushing by the plant. Hardy perennial that will stand 1-2' tall if not pinched back. Like mint Lemon Balm can start to take over. It is better in contained areas or containers.
Lovage (Levisticum officinale). Want to grow celery but find it too difficult? Lovage is the plant for you. The flavor is like very strong celery. Just snip fresh leaves and add to salads, soups, stews or whatever strikes your fancy. Dry leaves retain their flavor so you can keep a jar full around for winter cooking. Perennial plants are large so give them room to grow. (5-6ft tall). Lovage is one of the first plants to appear in early spring.
Renee's EXCLUSIVE - Sweetest of all the mints, true spearmint produces scented bright green, serrated leaves all season. Freshly harvested spearmint has a delicious aromatic perfume that accents, but doesn't overpower, many kinds of salads and cooked dishes. Enjoy the leaves whole, chopped, dried, frozen, preserved in salt, sugar, alcohol, or sweet oil. Fresh spearmint tea is a delight and making your own Mint Juleps is a gardener’s treat! Grow only in containers, ..
(Origanum syriacum) We offer seeds from Israel for this plant that grows wild in Israel, Jordan and surrounding areas. Doubtless a common herb in Bible times, and still one of the tastiest! It has great flavor that blends hints of Oregano, Thyme and Marjoram. A favorite.
White Flowered Greek Oregano. Hardy Heirloom plants grow easily into mounds of pungent little blue-green leaves. Oregano enhances flavors in many dishes, aka the "pizza herb". Essential for all Mediterranean cooking. Maturity 80 days.
Vigorous, high-yielding flat leaf with intermediate DM (Downy Mildew) resistance! A Gigante D'Italia type with extra large, dark green glossy leaves and mild, sweet flavor. Plants are highly uniform and early to mature with thick, sturdy stems. High yielding with strong re-growth suitable for containers, fresh market bunching or processing. Performs best with selective cutting rather than harvesting of the entire plant. 16M seeds/oz. Bolt tolerant,
Its culinary uses include salads, soups,..
Heirloom. The slender 15 cm (6") parsnip-like roots have a delicate parsley taste and are great for flavouring soups and stews. This variety stores very well through the winter. A great dual purpose plant as the coarse leaves contribute a parsley flavour and can be used as a garnish. Soaking seeds in water over-night improves germination. Parsley is widely used as a pest control plant in gardens as it attracts beneficial insects.
How To Grow
Germination is hastened by fir..
Renee's EXCLUSIVE - The strong but subtle piney mint flavor of rosemary is a perfume no good cook should be without, and you can afford to be lavish when you grow your own plants from seed! Evergreen rosemary grows into a deliciously scented shrub whose needlelike, gray-green leaves are a classic aromatic seasoning. We have long sought and are delighted to offer you reliable seeds for this herb that is an essential part of every good kitchen garden. Aprrox. 120 seed..
Culinary Sage (Salvia Officianalis) - Organic. Handsome heirloom plants with pretty, soft, blue-green leaves and flowers that butterflies love to visit. Traditional herb for holiday cooking and great with winter squash and pork dishes. Maturity 70 days.
The most subtle and delicate of the savories with zesty fragrance. Slender light green leaves with woodsy, thyme-like flavor on reddish, square stems excellent for flavoring green beans, vegetables, poultry, or infused in vinegar. Cut stems and hang in bundles to dry. Plants reach 12-18" tall. 47M seeds/oz. Good container plant · Tender perennial (Satureja hortensis). Maturity 75 days. Don't forget to dry herbs for winter use
A hardy perennial, Sorrel has a lemony spinach flavor. One of the earliest spring greens to add to salads. When your sorrel plant gets woody cut it right back to the ground and it will re-grow! Maturity 60 Days.
The Stevia plant has been grown and prized in South America for many centuries as the native Indians recognised and used the sweet properties of these plants leaves. The food sweetening potential of Stevia has now been recognised in many countries around the world and commercial processing techniques have been developed to extract the sweetness and add this to other ingredients to produce low sugar foods and artificial sweetening tablets. The plant has hairy green foliage and insignifi..
Perennial herb. Tarragon is highly aromatic with thin, anise/licorice flavoured blade-like leaves. The leaves are used with meat and fish for spicy, sweet flavor. Tarragon will benefit from being split up after 5 years or after it gets too big.
Tiny aromatic leaves cover slender woody stalks ending in sweet white flowers.Makes a beautiful low-growing border along herb and flower beds, growing only 6-10” high. A versatile culinary staple. Our strain is a winter hardy variety that does well in cool regions. 99M seeds/oz Attracts bees • Perennial. (Thymus vulgaris) Maturity 90 days.
(Valeriana officinalis) Perennial. (Also known as Garden Heliotrope) Delicate-looking, low growing plants give rise to 4-foot, charming clusters of tiny pale pink flowers June- September; very attractive in borders or herb gardens. Extracted fragrance of the flowers was used in perfumes in the Renaissance. Valerian was touted for its medicinal properties for centuries, and modern research has confirmed its value. The root has been the part most used, having been recommended as a pain relieve..
This special herbal tea plant has attractive lobed leaves and creamy flowers. Once the pretty blossoms are spent, just pick and air dry the teardrop-shaped flower calyxes to make a delicious ruby-colored tea with a floral, berry aroma and well balanced, cranberry-like flavor. Antioxidant packed Hibiscus tea is delicious on its own either steaming hot or iced, or add a touch of lemon, a little honey, or your favorite fruit juice. Also called Jamaican tea or Roselle. Approx...
(Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’)
With this special strain, sweet lavender is now easier to start from seed. Our wonderful Hidcote has the loveliest perfume of all the English lavenders. The long blooming plants with their soft narrow silvery foliage and vivid, deep purple velvety calyxes make beautiful landscape plants. Cut and hang the richly scented flower spikes upside down in a cool place for fragrant long lasting bouquets and sachets, or leave the blooms to charm your senses ..
(Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’)
Renee's EXCLUSIVE - Our easy to grow Munstead has the perfume of authentic English lavender – a clear, sweet fragrance without medicinal overtones. The semi-dwarf plants grow into 1 1/2 to 2 foot, silvery-green mounds with plump lavender blue flower spikes. Use these plants in landscape borders for a wave of soft color in early summer. Their greygreen foliage and aromatic blooms will charm your senses and attract a flotilla of summer but..
Shiso - Perilla Frutescens ~ Red Leaf ~ Japanese Beefsteak Plant. A beautiful and delicious plant that is very popular in Asia. The purple-red leaves are used to color and flavor vinegar and to make beautiful, pink rice. Great in salads, pesto's & marinades. The flavor is a mix of basil, mint & Cumin. Whatever you call it this is an amazing leaf that should be used more in Canada!
EXCLUSIVE - These special Alpine Strawberries produce a multitude of plump, 1 inch pointed pastel yellow berries with the delectable flavor and aroma of pineapples and roses. The mounding little strawberry plants with their bright green leaves are rugged, easy to grow and do not set runners. Alpine strawberries begin bearing their first season, offering gemlike little fruits all summer and plants will grow larger and return every season. Indulge yourself by pairing “Pinea..
EXCLUSIVE - A French delicacy. Our improved cultivar of heirloom Reine de Vallée produces dainty little pointed red berries with an ambrosial woodland flavor. Mignonette forms compact perennial plants that grow in pretty leafy mounds and produce fruits the first summer from seed to enjoy all season long. These special petite berries are lovely as a border edging or in containers, or plant them in hanging pots so you can pluck their exquisite little fruits as you stroll p..
Add a crunchy, zesty flavor like no other to green salads, omelets, ripe tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and sandwiches with your own patch of fresh watercress. Once savored fresh from the garden, you won’t want to be without its sharp clean flavor. This healthy (high in Vitamins A & C), sprightly herb usually grows near running water, but its pretty rosettes of leafy stems will grow handily if you use our vigorous Dutch seed and keep plants very moist. Approx..