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Our Herb Garden is located behind the garage in the a 7x15-foot raised bed that formerly held strawberries. Some of the herb are died and used for cooking.  We often enjoy having fresh herbs for cooking and garnish through the summer -- but mostly the herbs or grown just for the love of growing herbs.  We normally add a small stand of tomatoes to the bed each year and everything does well with the South East exposure. Late in the afternoon the bed falls into shade.

Thyme Ground Cover



Photos August 2005
Photos Fall 2005

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Summer Savory  
Italian Oregano
origanum x majoricum
A cross of oregano and marjoram. Blends well with basil and tarragon. Flower color is pink.
Lemon Balm
melissa officinalis
Lemon scented with a hint of mint, leaves can be used whole or chopped in a variety of dishes, including salads, marinades, vegetables, lamb, and shellfish. Lemon balm can also be used to make a delicious tea.  Flower are yellow or white clusters.
Planted 2003 from seed from Roger Hoehensee

English Lavender
lavandula angustifolia
Not only is English Lavender a superb fragrant ornamental, but it also has culinary and medicinal virtues. Flower color is medium purple.

Planted 2003
Sweet Basil
ocimum basilicum
Rather than being sweet, as the name implies, this herb is spicy. Very popular for use in pesto. Flowers are edible.  Basil is a member of the mint family
rosmarinus officinalis
Described as piney, sweet and mint-like, with a finish of ginger. Combines well with a variety of meats and fish, rosemary also enhances several vegetables and complements other herbs. Also excellent in a variety of marinades, sauces, soups and marinades.  Flowers are pale blue clusters.
Garden Sage
salvia officinalis
Shooting up to three feet with its blooms, garden sage is a purple delight Flower color: purple
 purple_sage.jpg (96011 bytes) Purple Sage
Salvia offinalis purpurea
Aromatic, oval purple foliage is very ornamental.  Produces spikes of blue flowers.  Plant in full sun.  Grows 18' tall.
Driveway Herb Bed
Golden Sage
salvia officinalis icterina
Can be used in any recipe calling for sage. Fresh leaves make an attractive garnish for roast chicken or turkey.  Flower color blue. Rarely blooms.
Pineapple Sage
salvia elegans
While pineapple sage does have a pineappley fragrance, its only real use in cooking is as a fresh edible flower. The flowers are reminiscent of honeysuckle and make a colorful addition to salads, fruit cocktails or any garnish. Their vibrant red color complements many dishes particularly attractive with yellow or green bell peppers. Flowers can be sugared and used to garnish cakes or cookie platters.
Great plant for attracting hummingbirds to the garden.  Flower color: bright red. Tubular shape.
2005 Plant Exchange
Berggarten Sage
salvia officinalis "berggarten'
Dense, compact growth habit with large, aromatic, gray-green leaves.  Use in cooking and for its decorative effects in the garden.  Full sun.
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Plectranthus amboincus
This aromatic species has fleshy green leaves and a trailing habit when the branches are allowed to grow long.  Cuban Oregano is a member of the same family as Coleus, and as such is not a true oregano. It makes a nice houseplant - especially the variegated type shown above, and is propagated easily by cuttings.
Purchased from HyVee Garden Center Spring 2005
allium ochoenoprasum
Tastes like sweet, mild onions. Minced fresh leaves can be used in recipes or as garnish. Whole leaves can be tied decoratively around vegetables. Flowers can be used in salads, vinegars or as a garnish.
Flower color: pale purple


Started from seed fall 2002.  Harvest in Summer 2005.
Winter Onions  
Red Stem Chard  

Green Santolina virens  (perennial)
Shrubby growth with finely textured, deep green foliage and yellow, buttonlike flowers.  Use in knot gardens and as a edging.  Plant in full sun.  Grows 24-30" tall.
Neapolitan Santolina (perennial)
An uncommon santolina bearing long, silver-gray, finely divided leaves and bright yellow flowers.  Use in knot gardens, for borders, dried flowers.  Plant in full sun. Grows to 30"
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Cynara cardunculus
elfin_thyme.jpg (42473 bytes)  Elfin Thyme  a.k.a. creeping thyme
Thymus praecox arcticus 'Elfin'
small closely spaced leaves and lowers makes it not only one of the smallest thymes but also one of the slowest growing thymes. It is a good choice for planting between stepping stones where spaces may be very small.
  'Archer's Gold' Tymus citriodorus
planted under the cedar tree in the stump patio in 2006
thymus cv.
Flower color: pinkish lavender
Coconut Thyme
Thymus praecox arcticus
Low growing perennial herb with tiny leaves scented like coconut.
Golden Thyme  
French Thyme
Narrow green leaves yield a spicy, sweet flavor.  Full Sun.
German Chamomile
matricaria recutita
Chamomile tea is brewed from dried flowers. The flowers may be used fresh or dried and are best when picked the day they open. Flowers can be picked for several months. Flower color white
Italian Parsley
petroselenium crispum cv.
Commonly used as a garnish, the edible sprig is high in vitamin C, vitamin A, several B vitamins, calcium and iron. Due to its high chlorophyll content, it’s a natural breath freshener.
Lemon Mint  
Curly Mint
Mentha aquatica "Crispa'
A compact-growing mint with a spearmint scent and crispy, ruffled foliage.  Does well in damp shady areas.  Can be grown in pots.  Likes Shade.
Chocolate Mint  


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