Grow an Herb Garden

Which herbs would you like to grow based on these four categories of use?

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Grow an herb garden

Cook, decorate, heal and spread lovely scents—all with your herb garden

Herbs can flavour your cooking, add fragrance to your home, beautify your garden and improve your health. Determine the herbs you’d like to grow based on these four categories of use. Remember that some herbs fall into more than one group.

Culinary herb garden

These are the herbs you will throw in with meat dishes, chop up and add to salads or use to dress up a platter. Parsley, lovage, sage, thyme and basil are big in this category.

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Aromatic herb garden

Herbs that have fragrant flowers or foliage that retain their aroma for a long period when dried are perfect for potpourris, perfumes or to scent linens and clothing. Examples include mint, marjoram, rosemary and lavender.

Ornamental herb garden

Add colour to your garden with these herbs that are commonly grown for fresh or dried arrangements. Some favourites are yarrow, catmint, anise and garlic chives.

Medicinal herb garden

Chamomile, echinacea, ginseng and arnica are among the many wonderful herbs that heal.