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Show-Stopping Spring Herbs

Blaire Benson

Our spring selection of herbs has arrived! We love these leafy greens for the range of flavor they lend to our meals. With so many choice varieties, it’s hard to choose just one! Here are a few of our show-stoppers that you’ll want to be sure not to miss next time you are browsing the nursery.

  • ‘Barbeque’ rosemary is the perfect addition to your backyard cookout and great for skewers! Growing 2 to 4 feet tall, this hardy evergreen shrub is perfect for borders, hedges and containers. Plant in sun with moderate watering. Plus, small clusters of blue flowers bloom late winter into spring, attracting our favorite pollinator, bees!
  • Italian oregano is considered by many to be the best all-purpose culinary oregano. Distinguish it from Greek oregano by its darker and slightly hairier foliage. Plant in sun and enjoy leaves fresh or dried in your next meal!
  • ‘Brussels Winter’ chervil is a classic sweet and tasty herb enjoyed in French cuisine. Cook with fresh leaves (as heat ruins their flavor), chopped in Bearnaise sauce, soups, potatoes, egg dishes and fish and enjoy its mild anise flavor. Growing 6 to 18 inches quickly, plant in morning sun to part shade and keep moist.
  • Ginger mint’s sweet and fruity fragrance will fuel your culinary arts this season. Use in ice teas, fresh fruit compotes or salad and enjoy this zesty addition. This GMO-free and locally sourced herb is a vigorous spreader and should be contained. Plant in full sun to part shade and enjoy its tall and lush foliage.
  • Rub your fingers through the foliage of the lemon verbena and come out smelling like a lemon drop. Use this fragrant herb to flavor drinks and preserves, enjoying its terminal clusters of white blooms this summer. This hardy, semi-deciduous shrub (which grows up to 6 feet) likes sun with moderate watering. Rangy growth can be nicely controlled with pruning hard or 'pinching' often. 
  • You’ve seen this sugar substitute before, but have you tried it fresh off the bush? We recommend plucking off a leaf of stevia rebaudiana and trying it for yourself. This herb’s leaves are 30 times sweeter than ordinary sugar. Containing zero calories and safe for diabetics, this locally sourced and GMO-free herb is a must-have for rare plant collectors and all those with a 'sweet tooth.' Adorned with white florets in late summer, stevia will take full sun with moderate watering.

For all of our herbs, we recommend plucking off a leaf or two and trying it yourself to help narrow down your favorites. As always, our knowledgable staff is on-hand to help answer any questions you may have!