idea of an herb garden can excite many home cooks ó snipping chives
for a summer salad, picking a bunch of basil for pasta fresca, or
grabbing some mint to muddle mojitos. This fantasy can come crashing
down the moment dill creeps out of the garden and into your lawn,
cilantro goes to seed before any homemade salsa gets made, or the
basil seeds you planted never sprout.
"A lot of
people have this romantic idea of an herb garden," says Zannah
Crowe, horticulturist at Monches Farm. But for your herb garden to be
successful, you have to know the subtleties, she says. M
Here are 10 great herbs, with tips to make
your summer herb gardenfantasy
perennial can get weedy if you donít snip off its pretty flowers as
soon as you spot them. Instead of just discarding, they add an edible
beauty to salads and soups.
This annual should not be planted until thereís no chance of frost
ó usually right around Memorial Day. Try the lettuce leaf variety
instead of greens on your next sandwich.
This annual is best planted as seeds ó at least three separate times
ó during the growing season so youíll have leaves to snip for
salsa, as it goes to its seed version, coriander, pretty quickly.
Italian flat leaf version of this biennial isnít as pretty as its
curlier cousin, but it tastes better in dishes.
Technically a perennial, but not in this climate. Bring it inside for
the winter. "Itís a little finicky," Crowe says. "Iíve
had some rosemary last five years, and other plants only a few
This perennial needs to be protected in winter months. Elfin is flat
and "great for growing between stepping stones," while lemon
is especially fragrant.
aggressive perennial, which boasts dozens of varieties, needs to be
taken out of the garden in fall and put into a pot so that its roots
donít spread throughout the yard.
annual tends to bolt. "If you let it go to seed, it will seed all
over your garden," Crowe advises.
perennial is 300 times sweeter than sugar, but itís not hearty here
so it grows more like an annual.
This perennial isnít hearty enough in this climate, so bring it
inside during winter and give it lots of light and supplemental light.