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.
Anise Hyssop - Agastache foeniculum. This is a supremely wonderful Butterfly, Bee & Hummingbird plant. Spikes of fragrant, lavender coloured flowers are edible and ornamental. Try them fresh in fruit salad or dry them with the leaves for a minty-licorice flavoured herb tea. Easy to grow branching plants will reach one metre or more and flower from mid- summer through fall. Thrives in full sun in well-drained soil and will self-seed freely. Deer resistant for those of you with gardens ne..
Vigorous plants were a hit in our trials, producing huge juicy bulbs.
Very large, uniform bulbs with slightly flattened shape. Finale stores well, keeping good quality and maintaining a crisp, juicy texture and pleasant flavor. Excellent bolt resistance. Bolt-resistant. 4" bulbs
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.
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.
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.
(Foeniculum vulgare var.)
Striking 4 to 5 foot plumes of filigreed coppery leaves and lacy golden flower umbels that ripen mellow anise-flavored seeds. Smokey Bronze Fennel makes a stunning addition to flower or herb beds and is a major nectar & pollen host for many butterfly and beneficial insect species. Season seafood, salads or cooked vegetables with the feathery copper-bronze leaves. Tea made from the aromatic leaves or sweet seeds soothes upset stomachs and calms the nerves. Approx. 1..
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.
Lemongrass is an elegant and beautiful choice for planters, beds, and large ornamental groupings. Well-known for its strong lemon fragrance. Perfect for teas and other beverages. Used in soups, stir-fry and Thai cooking. I keep mine in a nice container and bring it into the house during the winter.
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, ..
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) - Traditionally used as a restorative spring tonic tea that is high in iron. Greens can be stir fried or braised as well. Dry or cook nettle leaves to remove the stinging effect. You can makes nettle tea and sprays it on plants to give them a pick me up in cool spring weather. One of the biodynamic herbs.
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.
Parsley~Flat Italian - Organic. Its culinary uses include salads, soups, butters, fish and poultry. Italian parsley contains large quantities of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Flat Italian parsley is preferred for flavour by cooks and chef's! Maturity 70 Days.
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..
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..
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..