Herb garden plants are essentially of three types: annuals, biennials and perennials. Each of these types has different requirements with regards to planting and caring. When you are getting started with your herb garden, you will have to first decide which are the specific herbs you want to use and do your research accordingly, so that you get the best results.
Herb Plant Categories
Annuals: Annual garden plants include herbs such as cilantro, basil and summer savory. These annuals cannot withstand frost and die every winter, which means you will have to plant a fresh batch every year. They can be planted either by using seeds or small plants.
Biennials: Biennials have a distinct growth pattern- they form leaves in the 1st growing season and produce flowers and then seed in the 2nd growing season, after which they die. These are best planted directly in the garden in late spring.
Perennials: Herbal perennial plants include winter savory and sage. These herbs are able to withstand colder temperatures and return annually.
Uses for Herb Plants Herb plants are versatile and can be used for culinary, medicinal, ornamental and aromatic purposes.
Culinary Herbs: Strongly flavoured herbs that are typically added in small quantities to add aroma and taste to various dishes come under this category. Some of the more commonly used culinary herb garden plants include basil, thyme, marjoram, sage, chives and savory.
Medicinal Herbs: For centuries, a variety of herbal plants have been used for their medicinal properties but it is best to be cautious when using herbs as medicine. Some herbs are beneficial, whereas others can be dangerous if swallowed.
Aromatic Herbs: Aromatic herbal plants such as lavender and lemon verbena are widely used to scent closets and linen drawers. They are often dried, crushed and made into potpourri.
Ornamental Herbs: Herb plants with brightly coloured foliage and showy flowers are a great way to liven up any room instantly.
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