Variety Description Height Spread Sun
ArugulaArugula Eruca vesicaria sativa  Mustard-like, horseradish-flavored leaves and edible, white yellow or purple flowers in summer.  Use the flowers, leaves and seeds in salads, stir fries and pasta. Young leaves may be cooked and served like spinach. Plant in rich, well drained soil in the garden.  Remove flowers to promote more leaf growth. 12-24″ 6-8″ Full Sun to Part Sun
Basil CinnamonBasil Cinnamon Ocimum basilicum.  This basil variety has narrow, cinnamon-scented foliage and white to purplish flowers in summer.  Used in legume dishes and teas.  Use leaves in Mexican cooking and tomato-based dishes.  Plant in containers and the border garden in rich, well-drained soil. 24″ 12-18″ Full Sun
Basil Green BouquetBasil Green Bouquet Ocimum basilicum. Beautiful annual herb with small, oval leaves, a compact habit and white flowers in summer. Used fresh or dry to complement Italian cuisine. Perfect for adding flavor to all tomato based dishes, in pesto sauce and salads. Plant in gardens and containers in rich, well drained soil. 12″ 12″ Full Sun
Basil LemonBasil Lemon Ocimum basilicum citriodorum  Beautiful annual herb with lemon scented foliage and white to purplish flowers in summer.  Use fresh or dry to complement Italian and East Indian cuisine.  Ideal for potpourri and for a soothing herbal tea.  Adds flavor to legumes, eggplant, fish and poultry dishes.  Plant in border gardens in well drained soil. 24″ 10-24″ Full Shade
Basil Purple RufflesBasil Purple Ruffles Ocimum basilicum purpurescens.  Beautiful herb with dark, purple ruffled foliage and purple fading to pinkish-purple flowers in summer.  Used fresh or dry to complement Italian cuisine.  Perfect for adding flavor to all tomato based dishes, in pesto sauce, and salad.  Plant in gardens and containers in rich, well drained soil. 18″ 12-18″ Full Sun
Basil Red RubinBasil Red Rubin Ocimum basilicum purpurescens.  Beautiful aromatic, annual herb with dark maroon leaves and small white to pale pink flowers in summer.  Used fresh or dry in salads and vinegars.  Perfect for adding flavor to all tomato based dishes, delightful with duck and as a pesto sauce.  Plant in border gardens in rich, well drained soil. 15″ 12-15″ Full Sun
Basil SweetBasil Sweet Ocimum basilicum  Beautiful, aromatic, annual herb with large, heart-shaped leaves, a compact habit and white flowers in summer.  Use fresh or dry to complement Italian cuisine.  Perfect for adding flavor to all tomato based dishes, in pesto sauce, and salads.  Plant in gardens and containers in rich, well drained soil. 24″ 12-15″ Full Sun
CatnipCatnip Nepeta cataria.  This aromatic herb has gray, hairy foliage with blue flowers in July-September.  Use in teas.  Dried leaves are used to stuff cat toys.  Plant in the border garden in rich well drained soil. 24-30″ 12-18″ Full Sun to Part Shade
ChivesChives Allium schoenoprasum.  A grass-like perrennial herb with thin tubular foliage and edible purple rose flowers in June.  Flowerheads can be  cut and used in floral arrangements.  Great with potatoes and eggs or as a garnish for soups, salads, soft cheeses and sauces.  Best grown in containers or garden borders in average, well-drained soil. 12-18″ 12″18″ Full Sun
Chives GarlicChives Garlic Allium Tuberosum.  A grass-like perennial herb with thin tubular foliage and edible, fragrant, white flowers in July.  The flowerbuds and leaves can be cut and used in soft cheeses, salads or stir-fries.  Great with potatoes and eggs or as a garnish for soups and sauces.  Best grown in containers or garden edges in average well-drained soil. 18″ 12-18″ Full Sun
Cilantro/ CorianderCilantro/Coriander Coriandrum sativum  A widely used annual herb with flat parsley-like leaves and white flowerheads in summer.  The fresh leaves are ideal for South-East Asian, Mexican and Middle-Eastern cuisines.  The seeds and roots are also good for pickling. Plant in average, well-drained soil. 24″ 4-12″ Full Sun
Curry PlantCurry Plant Helichrysum italicum.  Woolly, silver-gray, needle-like foliage and mustard-yellow, button-like flowers from June to August.  Use fresh leaves for a mild curry flavor in develed eggs, rice and vegetable dishes. (Remove before serving).  Plant in containers, is aromatic and makes a superb dried flower?  Grows in average, dry soil 12-24″ 24″ Full Sun
Dill BouquetDill Bouquet Anethum graveolens. This aromatic herb has plumes of finely cut foliage and springs of greenish-yellow flowers in summer. The seeds and leaves can be used with potatoes, eggs, fish, chip and vegetable dips, or seafood dishes. Also ideal for pickling. Plant in average, well-drained soil. Annual. 24-36″ 18-24″ Full Sun
Dill FernleafDill Fernleaf Anethum graveolens  (AAS)  All American Selection.  This culinary herb has finely cut foliage and tiny, greenish-yellow flowers in summer.  Sprigs are used in salads, potatoes, eggs, fish and on grilled meat.  Also used in pickling.  Plant in average, well-drained soil. 18″ 12-18″ Full Sun
FennelFennel Foeniculum officinale.  This culinary herb has anise-flavored foilage and yellow flowers in summer.  Leaves and seeds used in teas, fish dishes and salads.  The bulbous base can be added to salads or sauteed.  Plant in avertage, well-drained soil. 48″ 18″ Part Sun to Part Shade
GermanderGermander Teucrium chamaedrys.  A shrubby herb with shiny, dark green leaves and purple-pink flower spikes in late summer and fall.  The flowers attract bees and butterflies. A decorative, ornamental plant which can be pruned to maintain a neat, compact shape or low hedge.  Grow in the border garden in average, well drained soil. 18″ 8-10″ Full Sun
Lavender MunsteadLavender Munstead “Muinstead Strain” Lavandula angustifolia  This beautifully scented, butterfly attracting herb has gray-green foliage and masses of edible lavender flowers in July through September.  The oil from the flowers is used in perfumes and toiletries or dried and used in linen sachets.  Plant in containers, garden beds and borders in average well-drained soil.  Remove old flowers for continuous bloom. 12-18″ 12-18″ Full Sun
Marjoram SweetMarjoram Sweet Marjorana onites.  Sweetly fragrant annual herb with delicate, small leaves and light purple slowers in summer.  Also used as a medicinal herb.  Used fresh or dry in many meat or tomato based dishes, pasta or to flavor oil and vinegar.  Plant in garden borders or use as a groundcover in rich well-drained soil.  Perfect for potpourri 18″ 24″ Full Sun
Marjoram Sweet VariegatedMarjoram Sweet Variegated Variegated Marjoram.  Origanum vulgare “variegatum”.  A tender herb with aromatic, gray-green foliage and gold tips.  From July to August it produces white to purple flowers.  The leaves can be used in meat dishes, tomato soup, pasta and to flavor oil and vinegar.  Use drived leaves in potpourri.  Plant in border gardens and containers in rich, well-drained soil. 3-6″ 18″ Full Sun
Mint PineappleMint Pineapple Mentha suaveolens “variegata”.  The aromatic leaves of this mint are attractively marked with broad, creamy streaks and margins.  The white to pink flowers have a rich, fruity fragrance and are produced in summer.  Use in jellies, sauce for lamb dishes, herbal teas, iced drinks and garnishes.  Plant in containers or border gardens in well-drained soil. 3-12″ 24-36″ Full Sun
NasturtiumNasturtium Tropaeolum majus  Fast-growing, decorative plant with almost cirular leaves and yellow to orange to red, slightly scented flowers in summer.  Nasturtium flowers and leaves are edible and have a tangy taste like water cress. The colorful flowers really brighten up a green salads and can be added to an herb vinegar.  Plant in average, well-drained soil.  Great in containers or the border gardens. 3-10″ 10-20″ Full Sun
Oregano GreekOregano Greek Origanum heracleoticum “Greek Strain”.  An culinary herb with small gray-green spreading foilage.  Edible white to purple flowers in summer.  Use fresh or dried to add flavor to Italian, Greek and Mexican cuisine.  Best planted in borders and herb gardens in well drained soil, and is useful as a ground cover. 24″ 12-24″ Full Sun
OreganoOregano Origanum heracleoticum.  A culinary herb with small gray-green, spreading foliage.  Edible white to purple flowers in summer.  Use fresh or dried to add flavor to Italian, Greek and Mexican cuisine.  Best planted in borders and herb gardens in well-drained soil. 24″ 12-24″ Full Sun
Parsley ItalianParsley Italian Petroselinum crispum neopolitanum  Strongly flavored biennial herb with flat, dark green leaves, used fresh or dried to complement Italian cuisine.  Perfect for adding flavor to all tomato based dishes.  Ideal as a garnish for sauces, butter, fish, dressings and stuffing.  Plant in border gardens and containers in rich, well drained soil. 12″ 15-24″ Sun/Part Sun
Parsley Triple CurledParsley Triple Curled Petroselinum crispum. Strongly flavored biennial herb with closely curled bright green leaves. Used fresh or dry to complement Italian cuisine. Perfect for adding flavor to all tomato-based dishes. Ideal as a garnish for sauces, butter, dressing and stuffing. Plant in border gardens and containers in rich, well-drained soil. 12″ 12″ Full Sun
PeppermintPeppermint Mentha x piperita.  Aromatic, dark green leaves with a strong peppermint flavor and mauve flowers in summer.  Use fresh as a flavoring in desserts, iced drinks, salads and garnishes.  Leaves can also be immersed in hot water for a soothing herbal tea.  Popular in potpourris and sachets. Plant in herb gardens and containers in rich, moist soil. 16″ 20″ Full Sun
RosemaryRosemary Rosemarinus officinalis.  Beautiful shrubby herb with bluish-green, needle-like foliage and edible blue flowers.  Sprigs may be used fresh or dry in meat dishes, soups and stews and to flavor oil and vinegar.  Also used as a medeicinal herb.  Ideal for garden borders, grown as an informal hedge, or potted topiary.  Plant in average well-drained soil in full sun. 30″ 20″ Full Sun
Rosemary CreepingRosemary Creeping Rosemarinus officinalis prostratus  Beautiful prostrate herb with fragrant, bluish-green, needle-like foliage and edible pale lilac flowers in summer.  Sprigs used fresh or dry in meat dishes, soups and stews and to flavor oil and vinegar.  Also used as a medicinal herb.  Ideal for borders or used as a groundcover.  Nice accent in containers. Plant in rich well drained soil in full sun. 3-6″ 24-36″ Full Sun
RueRue Ruta graveolens  A shrubby herb with lacy, aromatic leaves and small yellow flowers in summer.  Leaves are dried and used in powders, or to repel insects.  Plant in the border garden in rich, well-drained soil.l 36″ 18-24″ Full Sun
SageSage Salvia officinalis.  This aromatic perennial herb has downy silver-gray leaves and edible blue flower sin summer.  Perfect as seasoning for stuffings and sausages, or used dry to make a soothing tea.  Also used as a medicinal herb.  Plant in garden borders in average, well-drained soil. 30″ 36″ Full Sun to Park Shade
Sage GoldenSage Golden Salvia officinalis “Aurea”.  This culinary herb has varigated gold and green foliage and edible blue flowers in summer that are a source of nectar for birds and butterflies. Leaves are used in sausages, stuffings and teas.  A colorful accent in the border garden and containers.  Plant in average, well-drained soil. 16-20″ 36″ Full Sun to Part Sun
Sage Honeydew MelonSage Honeydew Melon Salvia elegans “Honeydew Melon”  An herb with dark green, pointy foliage and edible bright scarlet flowers in summer that have a fruity fragrance when crushed.  The flowers are a source of nectar for butterflies and birds. Add sprigs to fruit slaads, iced drinks or as a garnish fro desserts. 36″ 24″ Sun/Part Shade
Sage PineappleSage Pineapple Salvia elegans.  This variety of Sage has dark green, pointy soilage and edible, bright red flowers in summer that are a source of nectar for birds and butterflies.  This herb is aromatic and also attracts hummingbirds!  Add sprigs from this herb to fruit salads and iced drinks, or use as a garnish for desserts.  Plant in the border garden or containers in average, well-drained soil. 42″ 36″ Full Sun
Sage PurpleSage Purple Salvia officinalis “Purpurescens”.  This variety of Sage has handsome reddish-purple foliage and blue flowers in summer that are a source of nectar for birds and butterflies.  The leaves can be used in sausages, stuffing, omelettes and teas.  Plant in the border garden or containers in average, well-drained soil. 10-20″ 36″ Full Sun to Park Sun
Sage TricolorSage Tricolor Salvia officinalis “tricolor”.  This variety of Sage has gray-green foliage tipped with carmine pink and flecked with creamy white.  Blue flowers produced in summer are a source of nectar for birds and butterflies.  The leaves can be used in sausages, stuffings and teas.  Plant in the border garden or containers in average, well-drained soil. 24″ 36″ Full Sun to Part Sun
SorrelSorrel Rumex scutatus.  An herb with fleshy green leaves which are mildly sour, with a taste of lemon.  The leaves can be cooked like spinach, used in soups and sauces, or the young leaves added fresh to salad.  Plant in the border garden in well drained soil. 24″ 24″ Full Sun
Stevia Rebaudiana SugarplantStevia Rebaudiana Sugarplant “The sweetest known natural herb”!  Two or three leaves will sweeten a cup of coffee, tea, lemonade, or other beverage.  To dry the leaves, store them in a dark area with good air circulation, or on a low setting in the microwave until crisp.  Best to harvest the leaves when you see the showy, white flowers in spring and summer.  Virtually no calories, does not promote tooth decay, and does not raise blood sugar levels.  Plant in rich, well-drained soil in full sun. 24-36″ 12″ Full Sun
Tarragon FrenchTarragon French Artemisia dracunculus  Culinary herb with slender, dark green, anise flavored leaves.  Use fresh or dried with chicken, egg, in salad dressings, mustards and sauces.  Best planted in garden borders in rich well-drained soil. 30-26″ 12-15″ Full Sun
Thyme CreepingThyme Creeping Thymus vulgaris.  Beautiful herb with scented creeping foliage and pale pink flowers in July.  Use fresh or dry in fish, poultry and vegetable dishees.  Ideal for borders, containers or used as groundcover.  Plant in very well-drained soil. 4″ 24″ Full Sun
Thyme EnglishThyme English English Thyme. Thymus vulgaris.  An aromatic, gray-green,shrubby herb with lavender colored flowers in July.  Use fresh or dry in fish, poultry and vegetable dishes.  An essential ingredient in “bouquet garni”.  Also used as a medicinal herb and in potpourri.  Plant in garden borders in very well-drained soil. 12-24″ 8-12″ Full Sun
Thyme Lemon VarigatedThyme Lemon Varigated Thymus x citriodorus.  Beuatiful herb with lemon scented shrubby foliage and pale lilac flowers in July.  Use fresh or dry in fish, poultry and vegetable dishes; fruit salads and jams.  Ideal for borders, containers or used as groundcover.  Plant in very well drained soil. 6-12″ 12-24″ Full Sun
Thyme Silver PosieThyme Silver Posie Thymus vulgaris “Silver Posie”  A culinary herb with unique gray-green foliage that has white margins and lavender flowers in July.  Used to flavor soups, marinades, stuffings and vegetables.  Ideal for the border garden, beautiful accent in containers, or as a groundcover in very well drained soil. 10″ 12-18″ Full Sun

Summer Coolers

Variety Description Height Spread Sun
Mint JulepMint Julep Mentha spicata, Spearmint ‘Kentucky Colonel’. This is a spearmint of choice when making mint juleps. The purple flowers attract butterflies in summer. Plant in containers in full sun to part shade in rich, moist soil. It is hardy in Zones 5-11. Wash 18-24″ 24-36″ Full Sun to Part Shade
Mint MojitoMint Mojito Mentha x villosa. This unique tasting mint tantalizes the taste buds with its mild and warm scent and flavor. It is an essential component of cocktail lounges everywhere as the real mojito can only be made with this true mojito mint. The combination of 12-18″ 18-24″ Full Sun to Part Sun

Teas

Variety Description Height Spread Sun
Chamomile TeaChamomile Tea Matricaria recutita.  This aromatic herb has finely cut spreading foliage and lovely white and yellow, daisy-like flowers in July.  The sweet and mild flavor of the leaves and flowers are used in herbal teas and hair conditioners.   Plant in the border garden in average, well-drained  soil. 12″ 6-12″ Full Sun
Lemon Balm TeaLemon Balm Tea Melissa officinalis.  This herb has strongly lemon-sceneted foliage and white flowers in July.  Used fresh in soups, salads, sauces, game, fish, and can be used as a relaxing herbal tea.  Also used to flavor liquors and dried for potpourri.  Plant in the border garden or containers in rich, well-drained soil. 24″ 12-18″ Full Sun to Part Shade
Mint Apple TeaMint Apple Tea Mentha suaveolens.  Soft, fuzzy, gray-green, apple-scented foliage with edible, whitish or pink flowers in summer.  Leaves are used in jellies, sauces for lamb dishes, herbal teas and iced drinks.  Also used as a garnish or candied.  Plant in rich, moist soil. 24″ 24-26″++ Full Sun to Part Shade
Mint Chocolate TeaMint Chocolate Tea Mentha x piperita  This herb has fragrant, bronze, peppermint-foliage and edible, pinkish lavender flowers in summer.  Used to flavor jellies, herb teas and iced drinks.  Also used as a garnish or candied.  Plant in rich, moist soil. 18-24″ 24-36″+ Full Sun to Part Shade
Mint Lemon TeaMint Lemon Tea Monarda citriodora  Lemon -mint scented foliage with edible, white to pink flowers in summer.  Used in herbal teas, jellies, sauces for lamb dishes, and iced drinks.  Also used as a garnish or candied. Plant in rich, well drained soil. 24″ 18-24″++ Full Sun to Part Shade
Spearmint TeaSpearmint Tea Mentha spicata  This aromatic herb has bright green, toothed, spreading foliage and edible, purple flowers in summer.  Used in jellies, sauces for lamb dishes, herb teas and iced drinks.  Also used as a garnish or candied Plant as a groundcover in rich, moist soil. 18-24″ 24-36″++ Full Sun to Part Shade
Verbena Lemon TeaVerbena Lemon Tea Aloysia triphylla  This herb has lemon-scented foliage and whitish flowers in summer.  Use fresh in teas, stuffing and salads and use the dried leaves in potpourri.  Plant in average, well-drained soil. 18-24″ 18-24″ Full Sun
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