How to Grow Chocolate Mint 

If you are looking for something a little different to add to your herb garden, look no further than chocolate mint. A hybrid plant produced by crossing peppermint with Mentha Citrata or orange mint, this is an attractive cultivar that tastes of orange and smells of chocolate. Chocolate mint is a fragrant hybrid plant. Menthe

How to Grow Lemongrass

One of the most useful herbs, learning how to grow lemongrass can also add visual interest to your garden. Its long leaves sway gently in the summer breeze filling your outdoor space with color, interest and movement. As summer turns to fall the leaves turn from light green to pleasing shades of red or burgundy

How to Grow Turmeric Seeds 

One of the most exotic plants you can add to the garden, turmeric has a range of benefits. In addition to its large, green leaves providing you with lots of visual interest, the plant can be used to add flavor to dishes such as curries. This useful herb also has a range of health benefits.

How to Grow and Care for the Cumin Plant

Cumin is a very popular herb that gets used in Mexican and Indian dishes. The cumin plant has very fragrant foliage that you can add to salad mixes and it resembles dill. Although the foliage looks like the dill plant, cumin is actually a part of the parsley family. Along with being added as foliage

The Best Yarrow Companion Plants + What to Avoid

Yarrow companion plants are great for a large range of garden crops, and yarrow is a drought-tolerant, flowering, perennial herb that is semi-evergreen. It offers flowers that can be yellow, white, or pink, and it’s common to find it growing naturally in North America in grasslands. However, it can quickly become invasive if you don’t

15 Ideas for How to Preserve Fresh Herbs

Growing herbs is the first step for many people in creating a garden and growing your own food. Fresh herbs just can’t be beat, and constantly going to a market to buy herbs is expensive and tedious. Growing herbs is also ideal for beginners since herbs don’t require much space and grow quickly. In fact,

How to Grow Mint Indoors 

Mint is one of the most popular herbs. Easy to grow and infinitely useful, like many other types of herbs it is also ideal for growing indoors in pots. If you want to learn how to grow mint indoors, this guide is for you. We will cover everything from starting a new plant from cuttings

How to Grow Red Creeping Thyme 

If you are looking for a colorful, aromatic, low maintenance ground cover plant, Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus Serpyllum) is a must. Native to Mediterranean climates, these full sun loving perennial plants are pleasingly versatile and easy to grow. Suitable for a range of locations, soil types and styles of garden, if you want to learn

8 Plants that Look Like Lavender + Growing Tips

Lavender is a stunning flowering herb that is native to the dry, hot Mediterranean region. It’s well-known for having a gentle scent with delicate purple flowers that appear during the warmer summer months. It can lend an air of refinement to your spacy, but this is a very picky plant that can be a challenge

25 Types of Lavender + Growing Conditions

Are you considering adding some lavender to your garden or a container this season but you’re not sure which type of lavender to plant? There are several different varieties that all fall under five main types, so picking the correct plant for your hardiness zone and need is important. With the delicate but strong floral

How to Grow Crimson Clover

Crimson clover is also called Italian clover, and it’s a clover type that is native to virtually every part of Europe. It’s actually an annual legume that you plant in the late summer or very early fall months for the best results, and it makes a pretty addition to your garden as it produces flowers

10 Lavender Companion Plants

A popular addition to both floral and herbal gardens, lavender is also a good companion plant. When planning a garden it is a good idea to plant specimens that work well together. This mutually beneficial relationship encourages growth and productivity whilst also reducing the amount of maintenance work that you need to do. It is

How to Grow and Care for Papalo

If you’re looking for a good substitute for cilantro, try papalo. Since cilantro is very prone to bolting during the summer months, it can be very frustrating to try and grow. So, you may want to explore the papalo herb. Even though it’s less well-known, it’s easy to grow and it’s a herb that has

How to Grow and Care for Mexican Sage

Mexican sage is an ornamental, perennial sage that many people choose to grow as an annual during the summer months in northern planting zones. It will only survive your winters in northern climates where the temperatures don’t dip below 18°F, so most people treat it like an annual that only survives for one season in

The Complete Guide to Growing Cilantro Indoors 

Cilantro is one of the basic herbs you’ll see in any garden, whether it’s a full backyard garden or a beginner herb garden. It’s relatively easy to grow and care for and is a commonly desired herb for cooking, so it has earned its place as an essential herb. Because it’s such a staple, it

13 Different Types of Cilantro You Can Grow 

Cilantro is one of the few herbs that is known and used all over the world. This tasty and bold herb is used in many different cuisines and has been for a very long time. Because of this, cilantro has become a staple herb found in many grocery stores, markets, and plant nurseries. Although, because

When to Harvest Lavender? Picking the Right Time 

Lavender is a popular garden plant. Fragrant, colorful and easy to care for, these attractive specimens are more than just an ornamental flower. If you harvest lavender you can use the dried buds to soothe the skin, ease the mind, bring fragrance to your home or flavor to your cooking. But when is the best

How to Grow Fenugreek Plant – The Complete Guide

The fenugreek plant is a Mediterranean herb used for spice, cooking, soaps, cosmetics, to improve digestive problems, healing inflammation, and lowering cholesterol. You can buy this plant in capsules that have the ground seeds at most health food stores, but it’s usually not commonly found in your local grocery store. By preparing your garden properly

What Herbs Can Be Planted Together? A Quick Companion Planting Guide

Having fresh herbs on hand to cook with is a huge benefit for anyone, and they work wonderfully to liven up any meal. However, not everyone has the space required to set up a full herb garden with each herb getting its own space, so this leads people to wondering what herbs can be planted

A Guide to Pruning Lavender 

One of the most popular cottage garden or floral plants, lavender is a colorful, aromatic, long lasting plant. Just at home in the flower bed as it is in the herb garden, these delicate looking plants are pleasingly long lasting and resilient. Knowing how to care for lavender (Lavandula) helps you to get the most

How to Grow a Curry Leaf Plant

The curry leaf plant or Murraya koenigii is an elegant, small bush or tree commonly grown as a culinary herb. The main attraction of Murraya koenigii is the pinnate foliage which comprises of many leaflets. The leaves, at their best when fresh, emit an aromatic, spicy scent. Adding further attraction, in addition to the pungently

16 Popular Herbs that Grow in Shade – Facts and Photos

Herbs are aromatic and savory plants, and many people grow them from their fragrance, flavoring, and medicinal uses. Most herbs do very well with little maintenance or intervention from you, especially herbs that grow in shade. They need less fertilizer and water than many other garden plants, and they’re usually free of pests. Since herbs

16 Best Herbs for a Herb Container Garden

If you’re someone who likes to use fresh herbs to season your meals, it’s hard to beat growing your own. Most herbs require little care or nutrients to survive, and a herb container garden can fit nicely on your windowsill. Not only that, but herbs can keep producing year-round. Cultivating your own herb container garden

Malva Plant Guide for Gardeners

The malva plant, or common malva (Malva neglecta) is one of the most underrated garden flowers. Unfairly considered by many to be a nuisance or a weed, the malva plant is, in fact, an attractive and useful addition to the garden. Also known as French hollyhock or tall mallow these are grand, old fashioned flowers

10 Types of Oregano 

Herbs such as oregano have a variety of uses. They can be used to add flavor to a range of dishes, mixed to create an effective herbal remedy or essential oil or simply grown for their ornamental appearance. For many keen gardeners, as well as a range of pollinators, a herb garden containing one or

27 Types of Spices That are Essential in Your Kitchen

Spices are aromatic flavorings that come from bark, fruits, seeds, rhizomes, and a host of other plant parts that you use to preserve and season food. Spices also have a place in medicines, perfumes, and dyes, and they’ve been a very high-priced trade good for centuries. Spice derives from the Latin species, and this means

How to Grow and Care for Bee Balm

Bee balm, also known as Monarda, is a favorite perennial flower and herb much loved by humans and wildlife alike. It blooms with fantastic color in shades of red, pink, and purple. Not only is bee balm a beautiful ornamental plant, it’s also edible, fragrant, and has medicinal value. This is one plant you don’t

How to Grow Chamomile Plant

Both useful and attractive, the chamomile plant is a versatile addition to the garden. Classified as a herb, the chamomile plant is actually a member of the Asteraceae or daisy family. The chamomile plant has been grown for its medicinal and herbal properties for many years. A popular herbal skincare treatment, the foliage can also

Growing Borage Plant – How to Grow Borage Care Guide

In this guide we teach you what you need to know about growing borage plant. Borage plant (borago officinalis) is an easy to grow, annual herb. Originating in the Mediterranean, its attractive blue flowers are popular with pollinators, particularly bees. This has given borage its other name of Bee Bush. Borage’s popularity with pollinators means

How to Grow Basil Indoors

How to grow basil indoors? Growing basil plants is one of my favorite hobbies. I hope you had an amazing summer overloaded with fresh garden fruits and vegetables.  I know summer is coming to an end when the farmers market heats up with the season’s final produce.  My potted tomato and basil plants topple into

Growing Lavender in Pots – How to Grow and Care for Potted Lavender

Want to master growing lavender in pots? Lavender is an extremely versatile herb.  It is grown both in northern Africa and in the Mediterranean mountains. While there are hundreds of varieties of lavender out there, they all come with many uses and benefits including the fact that they’re fragrant, aesthetically pleasing and fairly easy to

How to Grow Valerian Plant

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is an attractive flowering perennial herb. Valued for its many culinary and medicinal uses the valerian plant is native to Asia and Europe. Its name derives from the latin verb valere meaning “to be strong and healthy”. Sometimes called all-heal, Pliny recommended the valerian plant as an analgesic over 2000 years ago.

How to Grow Dill Plant and Add to Your Herb Garden 

The useful dill plant makes a great addition to any kitchen garden or herb spiral. A popular culinary herb Dill can be used either fresh or preserved. Additionally its fragrant foliage and bright yellow flowers add interest to any floral display or herb garden. Despite its delicate appearance dill is also surprisingly hardy. This growing

Growing Yarrow Plant: Complete Planting and Care Guide

Yarrow is a plant with many uses in the garden. It’s frequently used as a medicinal herb, has great ornamental appeal, and is loved by pollinators. Though it blooms with delicate-looking flower clusters, yarrow is incredibly hardy and very easy to grow. You can put in an herb garden, native meadow, wildflower garden, or use

Growing Oregano Plant: Planting, Care, and Harvest Guide

Oregano is a very popular herb found most often in pizza and pasta sauce. It’s also used frequently in Greek cooking and has made its way into recipes around the world. If you enjoy this pungent herb, it’s very simple to add oregano to your herb garden or grow it in pots on your porch.

Growing Lovage Plant: Complete Planting and Care Guide

Lovage is an outstanding herb that many gardeners don’t know about. It was found in almost every kitchen garden during the Middle Ages but somehow got lost and almost forgotten over time. Thankfully, chefs and gardeners have once again picked up on the excellent flavor and easy-to-grow habit of this celery-like herb. It’s a great

Growing Ginger Guide – How to Grow Ginger At Home

A useful ingredient, ginger is commonly used in both Asian and Indian cuisine. Once mature the root is easily used either fresh, powdered or juiced into a smoothie. These knobbly rhizomes may not look the most attractive, but they are full of health benefits, including the ability to relieve digestive issues and boost the immune

Growing Fennel Plant: Detailed Care and Harvesting Guide

Fennel is a unique plant because it can be grown as an herb, a vegetable, or both. Some varieties are also grown as ornamental plants because of their decorative foliage. Easy to grow, you can use freshly harvested bulbs or leaves to cook with, or use the seeds as a medicinal herb. The plants typically

Complete Guide to Growing a Turmeric Plant at Home

You’re probably familiar with turmeric as a bright orange superfood. This spice is loaded with health benefits and keeps appearing in more and more forms as it keeps getting more and more popular. In spite of the fact that it’s really a tropical plant, you can actually grow your own turmeric at home! If you

23 Types of Sage Plants for Cooking and Splashes of Color

When you think of types of sage, you may not realize that Sage encompasses a huge range of plants from tender herbs to woody shrubs. They’re excellent for adding splashes of color to your yard, and they also work very well in cooking in various dishes. Different types of sage is also popular in companion

How to Grow and Harvest Lemon Thyme

Thyme is a much-loved Mediterranean herb that flavors many recipes. Its tiny leaves are packed full of huge, pungent flavor, and the flowers are loved by pollinators. Lemon thyme is a specific variety that has a beautiful, lemony fragrance. It works equally well in both sweet and savory dishes and is a favorite of many

How to Plant and Grow Cilantro Seeds

Cilantro is a fast-growing and highly fragrant herb. It has one of those love it or hate it flavors and is often the star of Mexican and East Asian cooking (not to mention salsa). It’s easy to grow cilantro in your garden, although it has a short season of growth because it bolts quickly in

List of Herbs to Grow and for Seasoning Your Dishes

A culinary herb is an aromatic, edible plant that you can add in very small amounts to your dishes to flavor them. A lot of the herbs people use for culinary dishes also have medicinal uses, and they come from the plants by using their leaves and seeds as herbs and spices. If you’re new

How to Grow Queen Anne’s Lace 

Queen Anne’s Lace is an attractive wildflower herb. Its clusters of small white flowers sit above delicate fern-like foliage. In the center of the flower is a dark purple spot. This is said to be the blood of Queen Anne, an English queen who was a keen lace maker. One day she pricked her finger

How to Grow Lemon Balm Plant

Lemon balm is one of the most fragrant and delightful herbs you can grow. It has a wonderful lemony fragrance and taste that brightens up recipes and makes a delicious herbal tea. It also happens to be one of the easiest herbs you can grow in your garden or in containers. Lemon balm is a

How to Grow Stunning Coleus Plants

There are lots of summer annuals like zinnias and geraniums that give you a beautiful display of flowers, but few plants can match coleus for its colorful and attractive foliage. Coleus plants are very easy to grow and propagate. They look stunning in the garden but can also fill out containers and window boxes. When

How to Grow Citronella Plant

The citronella plant is prized for its citrus-like aroma. The scent is mistakenly thought to contain citronella which repels mosquitoes. This belief has given the plants their alternative name of mosquito plant. Pelargonium Citronella may not be the most effective way to keep mosquitoes away from your home. However, they are still pleasingly attractive and

How to Grow and Care for Lobelia

Lobelia is a happy and attractive little plant with a ton of versatility. It comes in many varieties and colors and makes a great addition to garden spaces, containers, and hanging baskets. Easy to grow and care for, lobelia is a plant for beginner and seasoned gardeners alike. Many gardeners love it because it’s one

How to Grow Peppermint Plant

Peppermint plant (mentha x piperita) is a delightful perennial to grow. It can be grown as a ground cover, planted in an herb garden, or put in a container to spill over the edges. All mints are hardy, easy to grow, and have wonderful fragrance. You’ll soon be putting fresh peppermint leaves in iced tea

How to Save Pepper Seeds and Grow Pepper Plants

Peppers can be considered a staple vegetable both in the garden and in the kitchen. Whether you like sweet peppers, green peppers, or hot peppers, there is almost an endless variety to choose from. Not only are they a healthy and colorful snack, peppers are also filled with flavor and easy to grow in areas