Basil is an aromatic herb that is popularly cultivated for culinary uses. There are many different types of basil available that vary in taste and can add a wide variety of complex flavors to Mediterranean style or Oriental dishes.
This perennial herb is cultivated for both culinary and ornamental uses. It thrives in hot climates and has a good tolerance of drought, making it very low maintenance and easy to care for. In warmer climates, it can be evergreen all year round, or in cooler regions can be grown as an annual plant. Read on to discover the many different types of this aromatic plant.
Garlic is a bulbous perennial that belongs to the onion family. The bulbs are very flavorsome and are a common ingredient in cooking. They are easy plants to grow at home, requiring little maintenance and being adaptable to a wide variety of climates. There are hundreds of varieties of garlic, but they can all be categorized into two main groups; hardneck and softneck. From here, these groups can further be broken down into eleven types of garlic.
Sage plants encompass a plethora of plants that can be woody shrubs or tender herbs. Many are perennial in warm climates, but they are also popularly cultivated as annuals in cooler regions. Some sage plants are edible and commonly used for culinary purposes, while other sage plants are purely ornamental. Learn about the different types of sage plants here.
Herbs are a wonderful addition to any garden, offering instant flavor to culinary dishes and providing fragrance wherever you grow them. Herbs are often also ornamental and can be grown indoors in containers, or outside in borders, making them suitable even for people with very limited growing space.
Bay laurels are an evergreen plant hailing from the Mediterranean and are known as one of the oldest trees to be cultivated. It is now grown for its ornamental beauty, but also for use in cooking, in which its dried leaves are commonly used to flavor soups, stews, broths, casseroles, and sauces.
Often associated with the French fields of Provence, lavender is now popular all over the world. There are five main varieties. Let's uncover these varieties and their cultivars (photos & growing tips included)
The lemongrass plant is grown for a number of reasons, including for culinary use and the medicinal benefits of the essential oils occurring naturally in the plant. Let's delve into this herb.