The following Herbs are useful not only as edibles but most make exceptionally fine ornamentals as well.

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Sage (Salvia officinalis) has been selected as the Herb of the Year for 2001. It is an easy to grow herb and a good perennial. It's main needs are good light and a well drained soil. We grow several varieties, including Tricolor, Purple, Golden, and Garden. Pictured above is Purple and Golden. Below you can see the beautiful blue flowers of Garden Sage.

The Herb Growing and Marketing Network has put together a great page that gives extensive information and use of this plant. Click here to visit it http://www.herbnet.com/sage.htm


Rosemary is a standard in any herb garden. This needs good light and good drainage. In our area, it is marginally hardy. The winters are usually a bit too damp to suit it. Many gardeners grow it in a container, bringing it in for the coldest months of winter. Inside, it can be moist (not WET!) with good sun.  Edible and ornamental, it gets light blue flowers and has bluish green foliage.



Lavender-A classic herb that is standard in any  garden. Lavender is grown for its blue flowers and grayish foliage, as well as its aromatic scent. Problems can arise from too much moisture. The plant can rot when kept too damp. The newer Lavandins are a cross between L. angustifolia and L. latifolia. They are taller growing and more rot resistant than their parents. They have been bred for their oil production. They are hardy, long lived perennials. All lavenders prefer sunny, well drained areas. "Fred Boutin" can grow to 3'. "Provence" stays a little smaller at 2'. If you have had trouble growing "Munstead" or other varieties with the wet seasons we can get, give these a try.


An old favorite with ornamental value as well as excellent taste, we grow three varieties of chives. The standard chives, with it's green grass-like leaves and lavender pink flowers, is the best known and most grown. The garlic chives has flatter leaves with a bluish cast and white flowers. As the name implies, it has a slight garlic flavor. We also grow an ornamental variety, cowlick or curly chives. Pictured above is a pair of curly chives and a garlic chives.


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