The Basics of Permaculture

Learn all about the natural, wild garden design and lifestyle of permaculture, which works to incorporate natural surroundings into your environment.

The Business of Mini-Farming

Examine the ways a flourishing backyard farm could impact your household’s bottom line—and how to make sure your garden pays.

Elegant Edible Garden Design

Get garden design inspiration with these expert tips from Barbara Pleasant and lovely images from botanical gardens.

All About Organic Garden Fertilizers

Natural sources of soil nutrients are available for free, yet in some instances you might want to buy supplemental fertilizers. Use this guide to build your soil’s nutrient content and save money over high-priced commercial fertilizers.

Plant a Perennial Food Garden

Grow these perennial food plants, and you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labors for many seasons to come.

Gardening for Bees

The pollinating work that bees do is crucial to our food supply. Learn how to help our fuzzy friends by creating a bee-friendly garden.

How to Start Seeds Indoors

Use our tips to start seeds indoors now and kick off your superproductive, unique and money-saving garden.

Echinacea Varieties

The purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is one of the North American prairie’s great contributions to gardens across the globe. It’s no wonder, then, that breeders are working to create hybrids with exciting new colors and exotic flower forms. Check out this handy chart, which organizes these new and interesting echinacea varieties by name, color, zone and more.

About Garlic

Unlock the health benefits of garlic varieties that have long played a key role in fighting infections and viruses like colds and coughs. Try these garlic remedies, learn how to grow your own garlic, store it and use it in the kitchen with this compilation of our best garlic articles from throughout the years.

Lavender Plant Love & Obsession

Discover which lavender plant best suits your garden, and add one of our mouth-watering lavender recipes to your cookbook.

Grow a Butterfly Garden

Plant a butterfly garden to attract all kinds of native pollinators to your yard and enjoy a diversity of wildlife, colorful blooms and natural pest control.

In Basket: May 2012

The Herb Companion readers discuss botanical postcards, an herb seasoning blend, immune defense, German Commission E, and more in this month’s “In Basket.”

Garden Spaces: Grow a Garlic Garden

Garlic Garden: All these plants are easy to grow, they don’t take much garden space, and their strappy leaves provide a textural contrast when tucked into any herb or flower bed. But the beauty of growing them all together is the ease of harvest.

Make a Cold Frame for Herbs

Appearing in guises from fancy to very plain, cold frames help you grow more herbs and extend your season.

Fresh Clips: Historic, White Gardens

Discover the Silvers Cult, a gardening craze that was prevalent in the mid-1900s, when gray and white single-color gardens were a popular design theme.

In Basket: November 2011

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters from the November 2011 issue.

Garden Fashion

Some tips on what to wear in the garden for the best experience possible.

Attract Pollinators to your Garden

One garden alone can't save the bees, birds and butterflies, but if each of us plants just a few herbs pollinators love, what a difference we could make.

In Basket: July 2011

Our readers are always writing to us and asking us questions about herbs. Read some of our favorite letters regarding the July 2011 issue.

How to Make Seed Balls

The seed ball is the Molotov cocktail of the community gardener. Try mixing up your own batch! Learn how to make seed balls at home.

7 Sensational Silver Plants

Designed by nature to withstand climate extremes, silver plants light up the garden and enliven color schemes wherever they grow.

Steven Foster's Favorite Trees

Approximately 2,500 tree species thrive in North America; more than 600 are native. Discover these classic trees.

How to Plant a Tree

Planting a tree requires more than digging. Learn the proper technique for returning a tree to the earth.

Your Guide to Fresh Herbs Year-Round

If you’re longing for fresh herbs during cold, wet winter days—take heart. With a little preparation, plant know-how and winter protection, it’s possible to have herbs in every season.

Round Robin: Dramatic Foxgloves

Notes from regional herb gardeners: Elisabeth Sheldon grows several varieties of foxglove for their bright colors adn dramatic history.

12 Herbs for the Colonial Garden

The Colonial hern garden served as the apothecary, perfumery and spice rack for the average household. Create your own Colonial garden with our help; discover which herbs to include.

Fresh Clips: Preserve Herbs All Winter

Preserving that fresh herb flavor doesn’t end with the drying process. Here’s how to keep that distinct flavor going strong until next season.

Down to Earth: Sal's Rooftop Garden

Jim Long's musings: My friend Sal arrived in the Ozarks in 1974 straight out of college, never before having been outside of New York City. Sal saw himself as some sort of pioneer, honestly believing anything west of New York was literally “Out West.” Read more.

Book Review: Field Guide to Herbs and Spices

Designed to be a portable guide for identifying, selecting and cooking with herbs and spices, this compact book fits easily in pocket or purse to take to the market, then back home again to use in the kitchen.

Herb to Know: Plantain

Plantain (Plantago major) is one of the most widespread wild herbs in the world.

Herb to Know: Calendula

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) has been a garden staple for centuries, thanks to its springy blossoms and skin-soothing abilities.

Herb to Know: St. John's Wort

A cheerful-looking, hardy herb, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) is famous for healing everything from depression to bruises and burns.

Down To Earth: Sarah's Imagination, My Inspiration

Jim Long's musings: A year ago I was just out of the hospital after a kidney transplant. It was February, the time of year when I normally would be planting potatoes, peas, onions, poppies and cilantro. Not yet able to travel, I was staying with my cousins, Bill and Laveta, in Kansas City, Missouri. Read more.

Herb to Know: Wild Yam

Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) is a versatile herb that might not win any beauty contests. Its rootstocks grow crooked and bear horizontal branches of long, creeping runners with thin reddish-brown stems that grow to a length of over 30 feet. 

Herb to Know: Queen-Anne's-Lace

Queen-Anne’s-lace grows freely throughout North America, but its  traditional medicinal and culinary uses are not well-known today.

Seed Storage Guide

Wind down your summer with these seed care and storage tips, and enjoy an organized (and fruitful) spring planting season.

Herb to Know: Epazote

The toothed leaves of epazote (Chenopodium ambrosioides) taste delicious in chili.

Harvest Edible Wild Herbs

Did you know there are many herbs and edible plants native to the United States that you can grow, or find already growing, in your garden? Some can be found in the wild, and may even be growing in your garden, but you aren’t recognizing them as useful, edible plants.

Herbal Escape: The Cloisters Museum and Gardens

If you’re ever in New York City, be sure to discover the rich tapestry of colors, textures and fragrances of more than 250 medieval herbs thriving in not one, but three cloister gardens in Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park.

Summer Garden Guide: Planting Zones

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the AHS Plant Heat-Zone Map can help you in your quest for the best herbs to grow in your region.

Round Robin: Garden Reflections

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: During these cold, gray days, I like to think of my colorful enclosed garden containing the most brilliant ­orange, yellow, and scarlet flowers I can raise from seed or buy from nurseries. Reflecting back on last summer’s star performers, I realized that my garden provided more surprises than usual. Read more.

Round Robin: Winter Dreams

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Beguiling, shiny, and colorful, the seed catalogs flood in at this time of year. I, for one, am happy to see them come, particularly the specialty and rare-plant catalogs that keep me up-to-date on current cultivars. For many years, herbs were herbs, and the old favorites didn’t change much. Now we have a plethora of choices. Read more.

Round Robin: Justify That Plant

Note from Regional Gardeners: I tire of visitors’ giving unsolicited advice. Too often, they dismiss plants as inferior to some form that they cultivate, or they warn me that something is going to get out of hand even though they don’t understand how some other­wise aggressive plants may stay docile in a semiarid climate. Read more.

Round Robin: High-impact Gardening

Notes From a Regional Gardener: I recently saw an interview with a fitness expert on the morning news. He stated that gardening had little or no exercise value. I nearly dropped my bowl of Cheerios. “Oh, yeah,” I grumbled at the television, “I’d like to see you come over here and go through what I do every day.” Read more.

Round Robin: Heat Wave

Notes From a Regional Herb Gardener: In August, my pond (which I call Glimmer Pond) is murky with a bright green algae bloom, the water lilies are thick with their chalice-shaped flowers of pink or yellow rising above the glossy lily pads, and heat shimmers above the surface of the water in vertical waves. Read more.

Round Robin: Weather Toll

Notes From a Regional Herb Gardener: This was not an ordinary year in my herb garden, nor was it for others nearby who found their gardens this spring flooded by 5 feet of water from a burst dike. Read more.

Herb Profile: Yarrow Varieties

In considering the various species, I like to classify them according to their native habitat and growth habit. Learn more.

Round Robin: A Farmer's Potpourri

Note from a Regional Gardener: If you’ve ever stopped to examine a timothy stalk in bloom, you know that its tip is made up of many hundreds of compressed flowers densely packed on a long spike. This is the stage when I pick bunches to dry for winter bouquets, even for potpourri.­­ Read more.

Round Robin: Death by Drowning

Note from Regional Gardeners: In the West, ­especially in Colorado, the traditional response to high temperatures is to turn on the hose. It’s my theory that more plants perish by drown­ing than by drought, which seems an odd paradox in our semiarid climate. Read more.

Round Robin: Beautiful Biennials

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Gardening here is a month ahead of much of the country: April stands in as our “lusty month of May”, while May is the height of our season, with temperatures in the high 80s and 90s and perennials achieving full growth and magnificence. Read more.

Round Robin: Plant Greed

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: How is it that you have time to sit down and read a magazine? I, for one, hardly have time for meals. But perhaps you had a kinder autumn last year than we did. Read more.

Round Robin: Behind Closed Doors

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: My greenhouse is alive. Shifting a pot to a new location, I surprised a small nest of sow bugs, which scurried for new cover. And when the skies darken and the first heavy drops fall on the greenhouse plastic, a chorus of croaking frogs begins. Read more.

6 Plants That Repel Insects

Keep the crushed leaves of these six plants in a small container at intervals on your patio to repel mosquitoes.

Echinacea Varieties: Varieties with Exotic Flower Forms

Most echinaceas have the typical daisy form with droopy rays around a central cone, but breeders are doing their best to come up with unbelievable alternatives: flowers that are fully double, anemone-form, or with spoon- and quill-shaped petals. Read more.

Herb to Know: Peony

Did you know that peony is an herb? It is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine in a variety of herbal medicines. The plant is generally not used in modern Western medicine, but scientists continue to study its effects and properties. Learn more.

Moonlight Garden Plants

This moonlight garden was planned and planted by Carolee Snyder of Carolee’s Herb Farm in Hartford City, Indiana

Easy Winter Recipes: Tips For Drying Herbs

Learn more about drying herbs, including what the two most popular methods are, how to extract the best flavor retention from herbs and how to store leaves properly.

DIY: Hybridizing Scented Pelargoniums

If you grow different kinds of scented pelargoniums in close proximity, you may find that the offspring of these seeds are not identical to the plants from which you collected them but are hybrids. Learn how to hybridize scented pelargoniums.

Round Robin: Late Arrivals

Notes From A Regional Herb Gardener: This is a fine time for planting here. Temperatures are cooling down, and so the herbs are losing less moisture from their leaves and generally need less tending. Read more.

Gone Native: A Massachusetts Farm and Garden

Ellen and Robert Sousa's four acres of central Massachusetts river valley had everything they had dreamed of: woodlands, a pond, a stream and pasture. It just needed some wildlife-friendly, native plants and a little TLC.

Scented Herbal Groundcovers

If you adore gardens filled with scent, keep an eye out for these seven herbal groundcovers. These herbs live up to their multitasking reputations; practical, beautiful, aromatic.

Drought Tolerant Groundcovers

Sunny areas require extra ground coverage to keep moisture in the soil. These nine herbal groundcovers will thrive in hot areas while keeping moisture close to plant roots.

5 Reasons to Plant Herbal Groundcovers

Did you know there also are living mulches? I’m talking about the soil-huggers, the low-growers of the plant world—the unheralded herbal groundcovers.

Fresh Clips: Endangered Echinacea

Two of the nine species of echinacea native to North America, the Tennessee coneflower (E. tennesseensis) and the rare Appalachian smooth purple coneflower (E. laevigata), are federally listed endangered species. Learn more.

Richters Herbs: Fragrant Tea Blend

Good hot or cold, Avery of Richters Herbs suggests that fresh is best, but dried herbs can be used as well to enjoy this tea in full.

Richters Herbs: Edible Potpourri

A great salt substitute that can be used fresh or dried, this recipe is from Cathy Avery, marketing manager at Richters Herbs. Quantities can be altered to taste.

Round Robin: Tea Among the Herbs

Chatting with like-minded gardeners while sipping a cup of fragrant tea is a blissful way to pass an April or May afternoon.

Plants for Roof Gardens

Not all plants thrive on roofs. Choose these plants, which are suited for most climates, but especially for high-altitude, dry climates.

Garden Spaces: Garden in the Desert

To see photos of the Fosselius' garden from "Garden Spaces: Plant a Water-Wise Garden," as it was when they first wrote to us, click on the IMAGE GALLERY. 

Round Robin: Georgia Garden Soil

Clay soil isn't all bad, but to make an herb garden great in Georgia, you need to garden your way around red clay.

Victorian Tussie Mussie: Glossary of Herbal Sentiments

Here is a glossary of more than 70 garden herbs and their meanings compiled from dozens of nineteenth-century language-of-flowers books from several horticultural libraries as well as from my own library.

Moving Out of Your Garden

When moving, it is sometimes difficult to transplant yourself in your new garden and environment. Wyoming gardener Pat Herkal is trading her half-acre garden for a smaller garden in the Pacific Northwest; however, her transition to the Zone 8 proves more challenging than expected.

Growing Chili Peppers in Chicago

During the summer, daytime temperatures between 85 and 95 degrees means ones thing for Chicago gardener Leah Zeldes, hotter chili peppers! Maximize your pepper harvest by tracking the day and evening temperatures.

Garden Spaces: Grow a Native Plant Garden

Grow a low-maintenance native plant garden full of hardy plants. Learn the basics of native garden designs and how to spot edible native herbs in the wild.

Round Robin: Wand Weaving

I come from a family of weavers and find the wand-making process therapeutic and relaxing, at least up to a point. Read more.

Round Robin: Wondrous Returns

Strolling through the garden in this glorious summer weather, gazing appreciatively at the foaming masses of color and texture produced by the interplanting of herbs, perennials, annuals, and shrubs, I have that wonderful feeling of what-hath-God-wrought that comes over me every year when this piece of earth, which seemed a dreary waste a month or so ago, turns into a small paradise. Read more.

Round Robin: A Gardener’s Lament

My hands are a mess. Odds are yours are, too. One thing gardeners share is the need for a full-time manicurist. A few gardeners wear gloves, I’m told. Read more of Rob Proctor's musings.

Lavender Farm Musings

 I was very surprised this year to see how my lavender farm reacted to the weather.

Frost Watch

The frost watch is on as the fall weather alternates between warm and sunny and cool and rainy.

Aloha, Herbs!

 In Hawaii, where I live and grow medicinal herbs, it’s easy to forget the season. Changes in the weather are reflected in the fruits, vegetables and herbs that are in season at the time.

Staghorn Sumac Season

This season when the leaves show brilliant colors, none are more attractive in my eyes than those of staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), now a bright scarlet.

Garden to Make a Difference

Use these eight simple actions to garden more responsibly and help protect and preserve our planet's health.

Editors' Choice: Water-Wise Oasis

By collecting rainwater and reusing graywater from their home, two brothers have created a lush, food-producing garden outside Tuscon, Arizona.

Editors' Choice: A Garden Full of Secrets

 Based on the historic folk gardens of Texas and Mexico, this Austin, Texas garden features native plants and a stone wall inlaid with fossils and trinkets.

Editors' Choice: Serenity in Bloom

Influenced by both Asian and European styles, this garden of the decade features a Japanese teahouse and a bridge spanning a 100-year-old irrigation ditch.

A Bright Idea: BrightBuilt Barn

With its super insulation and solar-power system, the prefabricated BrightBuilt Barn by Kaplan Thompson Architects and Bensonwood Woodworking Company produces far more energy than it consumes.

The Perfect lavender

 Growing lavender can be challenging at times, but with Geraldine’s tips, you’ll have more lavender than you’ll know what to do with.

Beating the Bugs

 Pests come and go throughout the season and they vary between climates.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Top Roses for Tough Growing Conditions

Roses are not only beautiful landscape shrubs, but also useful for cosmetics, cooking and healing. Yet many classic varieties are notoriously prone to disease, requiring time-consuming care regimens.

Herb to Know: Sorrel

Once a common ingredient in soups, stews, salads and sauces, sorrel vanished from use for hundreds of years. Now this delightful, leafy green is finding its way back into gardens and kitchens, where its tantalizing flavor and good nutrition can be enjoyed each spring.

7 Herbs that Grow in Shade

Herbs in shade may seem like a difficult combination. Fear not. For beds and borders shaded by trees, fences or buildings, try one or more of these seven stars for shade.

A Guide to Propagating Herbs: Layering

Layering is coaxing a shoot, stem or branch to form its own roots while still attached to the parent plant. This process takes longer than cuttings or division—sometimes up to a year.

A Guide to Propagating Herbs: Division

The easiest and fastest way to generate new plants for your landscape is to divide fully grown, herbaceous (non-woody) perennials that are already in your garden. Each division will make a new plant for your own garden or to share with friends.

Cut, Divide & Conquer: A Guide to Propagating Herbs

The propagation method you choose will depend on the specific plant and time of year. With a small investment of time and a few simple tools, you can create a new generation of plants for free, and enjoy transforming your garden along the way.

Book Review: Flowers and Herbs of Early America

Flowers and Herbs of Early America is a thoroughly documented survey of 58 species of flowers and herbs, illustrated with glorious modern photography and period hand-colored engravings.

Fresh Clips: Colony Collapse Disorder Update

In 2006, beekeepers in the United States (and other parts of the world) noticed a dramatic decline in honey bee populations, a phenomenon now known as “colony collapse disorder.”

Herbal Escape: Gardens at Cambria Pines Lodge

Nestled along California’s Central Coast, Cambria Pines Lodge features 5 acres of themed gardens. Most are self-contained within living walls of hedges formed by Monterey cypress, pittosporum or New Zealand tea tree (Leptospermum scoparium). Walking into each garden room is like discovering a secret space.

Flavor First: Herbs for Pottage

Around 1525, an alphabetical list of “Herbys necessary for a gardyn” was compiled for English landowner Thomas Fromond.

Fresh Clips: How to Compost

Compost—the dark, crumbly humus left when organic matter has completely decayed—is the best thing you can give your plants. Check out our three-step guide.

Tips from an Easy-Does-It Gardener

Many of Jan’s favorite plants are low-maintenance herbs that “volunteer” throughout her garden, as well as scented plants, and those with interesting shapes.

Round Robin: Winter Madness

It’s too early to start seeds under lights in the basement. I could stretch the truth and babble about the tawny colors and fascinating textures of the winter garden—all those pods and rose hips caressed by silver frost—but I’m not going to risk frostbite just to exclaim over the pale sun shimmering on winter’s mantle. I just want it to melt the damn snow.

Round Robin: Waiting for Spring

I think I’m suffering from short-term memory loss. That’s the only plausible explanation I have for being so eager to start all over again on the herb garden.

Round Robin: Favorable Reviews

The weather has settled into its dreary winter mode of endless rainy days. It’s no wonder that the Pacific North­west has burgeoning coffee shop and herb tea industries, good for warming both body and spirit and for confronting the depressing weather.

Garden in Smaller Footprints: 10 Tips for a Low-Carbon Garden

As much as half of household water use can be attributed to landscaping and garden uses, and a good amount of fossil fuels go into producing and using garden tools and equipment. Prepare for spring with these 10 tips to create a yard and garden that support your local ecosystem and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels.

Green Patch: Start Your Seeds Indoors This Winter

Q. This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter? A. Seed starting is like baking bread—you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature and viable yeast.

Ancient Herbs, Modern Uses: Milk Thistle

We aren’t certain milk thistle is one of the thistles and briers referred to in the Bible, but it could be. We know that milk thistle grows among shrubs common in Samaria and parts of Israel today.

Ancient Herbs, Modern Uses: Garlic

Believing that garlic increases virility, Hebrews have relied on the herb to be able to “be fruitful and multiply” as directed in Genesis.

Ancient Herbs, Modern Uses: Flax

Linen is one of the world’s oldest textiles; the earliest fragment of identified cloth (considered to be of linen) is from eastern Turkey, carbon-dated to 9,000 years ago.

Ancient Herbs, Modern Uses

These 7 ancient herbs were necessary for the well-being of spiritual ancestors. Learn about their ancient uses among the Jewish, Muslim and Christian people and why we still need these herbs today.

The Essence of Rosemary: Rosemary Hall of Fame

Rosemary is easy to grow in the garden or pot. Give this Mediterranean native full sun and well-drained, slightly alkaline soil and it will be quite content. The difficult part is choosing which rosemary to grow - that's where we come in.

Herbal Escape: Brigit's Garden

Spreading upon the green-hued fields of Rochall, County Galway, Ireland, is Brigit’s Garden, a celebration of Celtic folklore, mythology and heritage. Because of the climate-moderating effects of the nearby Gulf Stream, a surprising array of colorful flowers, herbs and vegetables thrives in this garden, which reflects the four seasons and the cycle of life.

A Winter Garden within Reach

Let it snow. With living herbs filling your home, summer’s flavors and scents are just a few steps away.

8 Tips for a Natural Lawn

Make your yard sustainable with these eight easy tips. From growing the right grass to mowing properly, we'll tell you how to keep a natural lawn.

Down to Earth

Garden blogs can be a wonderful source of new plants and new friends.  

A Few of My Favorite Garlics

This list of tried-and-true varieties can get you off to the right start for growing your own garlic.

Fresh Clips

Boost your garlic harvest, stir things up with 'curly' sage and more herb news.

Garden Spaces

Gardens and hammocks were made for each other, and with a little planning, your back yard can become a relaxing retreat.

Green Patch: Grow Arugula in Fall

Arugula's popularity has skyrocketed as people discover the pleasures of eating—and growing—this distinctly aromatic leafy green.

Try This at Home

The Herb Companion offers tips for creating your own natural pest control.

Stone Wall Beauty

Create a cascade of color and fragrance by planting a stone wall with herbs.

Take a Walk on the Wild Weed Side

Spring greens help detoxify and invigorate the body—gather some on a refreshing nature walk and try these fun, fresh recipes.

Failing to Grow Herbs from Stem Cuttings

Just as gardeners can be divided into those who like giant alliums and those who think they are silly, so can gardeners be divided into those who successfully propagate plants from cuttings and those whose cuttings die a lingering death.

Pitfalls in Rooting

Getting a cutting to take root isn't for the easily discouraged.

Fresh Clips

Would you like to grow something a little different this year? You can find many interesting possibilities through The Herb Society of America’s Promising Plants Program, which spotlights little-known or underused herbs.

Seeds or Weeds?

Sometimes it's difficult to tell the difference between herb seedlings in the garden and weeds, which often spring to life right next to newly germinated herbs.

Create a Water-Wise Herb Garden

By combining herbs that thrive under dry conditions with several time-tested strategies for reducing moisture loss, you easily can grow an herb garden that requires little or no supplemental water.

Here Comes the Sun

Get a jump start on the season with a cold frame--a growing bed framed with 2x4s and covered with an old window sash of a sheet of heavy plastic.

Coming to a Garden Center Near You

If you’re looking to jazz up your herb border this spring, Monrovia Nursery has a couple of outstanding new selections to add to your list.

"Basil to Thyme" excerpt

"Basil to Thyme" excerpt August September 2005 Tim Haas and Jan Beane Book Excerpt Chapter 4 Container Gardening Container gardening, is a phrase we have heard often. So what does this mean? Container gardening is for those who do

Winning Against Weeds

We've got all the right tools to help you beat out those nasty weeds. Take these 7 basic steps to create a beautiful organic garden, sans excessive weed growth that eats away at your happy flower home.

Terrific Trees: Secrets to Caring for Trees

What's the secret to number one tree care? Eric Fowler, a certified master arborist with SavATree, says a proactive regimen is the best approach to tree care.

A Kitchen Garden: Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs on the kitchen windowsill reward you with flavor, fragrance and foliage. Learn how you can grow your own kitchen herb garden and discover which herbs work best for your kitchen.

Discover the Beauty of Sage

Not your common garden varieties—ornamental salvias add rich texture, color and fragrance to beds, borders and beyond.

Monet’s Garden of Living Color

Take a lesson from a master: Use nature’s palette of flowers and herbs to create a scene of ever-changing beauty.

No Rest for the Gifted

Founder of the biodynamic herb farm Resting in the River and Oscar-nominated actress Marsha Mason gracefully maintains an intimate connection with the earth and an incredibly busy schedule.

How to Prevent Weeds with Herbs

Growing dainty, fragrant herbs in the crevices of paths and walls prevents weeds and adds whimsy to your yard or garden.

Reduce Stormwater Runoff With a Rain Garden

You can single-handedly curb your city’s pollution by building a lovely, native rain garden. Rain gardens absorb stormwater runoff, diverting water runoff from storm drains and helping cities return to nomral drainage patterns.

Wintering Herbs Indoors

Save your favorite herbs by bringing them indoors for winter care, and enjoy fresh flavor throughout the season.

Old Roses Become New Again

A Texas garden center proves that diverse, easy-to-care-for antique rose varieties are anything but old-fashioned.

Raising Chickens in the City

Urban gardeners are flocking to chickens to keep bugs away and provide eggs and compost. Keeping backyard birds is easier than you might think.

Sow a Garden for the Future

 Planting a connection between children and the earth may seem difficult in today’s world of video games, computers and DVDs. Generations away from the farm, many children today don’t have a connection with soil and seed.

Get Going on the Garden

The weather might keep you out of the dirt, but you can start planning with these great mail-order nurseries -- for hard-to-find herbs and expert guidance no matter where you live.

Please Bees with Germander

While many plants are known to be bee magnets, honeybees and bumblebees will pass them all by when germander blooms.

Lemony Fresh

Here are some pointers on how to grow and make the most of lemon-scented herbs.

Room at the Top: Grow a Green Roof

Green roofs are all the rage in Europe, and they're catching on in progressive cities such as Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Should you plant a garden atop your house?

Save the Herbs!

Work with the earth for your health and a healthy ecology.

The Wabi-Sabi Garden

The garden is a natural place to embrace wabi-sabi, the art of imperfect beauty, and practice the delicate balance between nature and nurture.

Cool Tools

Several new tools on the market this year make gardening more fun, less stressful and more efficient.

Gardening with Fairies

Will these tiny, sprightly landscapes actually attract fairies?  To find out, follow these guidelines, and keep your eyes open for magic.

Down to Earth: Herb Garden is in the Eye of the Beholder

For many gardeners, the garden is a personal, sacred space. It’s a place of meditation, of labor, of seeing growth and progress. It’s a place to experience the joy of participating in nature on a daily basis.

Wading into Water Garden

Any yard or garden can feature the wonder of water. Master the planning process with these basic considerations. 


GREEN PATCH TOPICAL GARDENING TIPS December/January 2004 By BARBARA PLEASANT Seeds or Plants? Question: I am confused about which herbs I can grow from seeds, and which ones I should buy as plants. When is one way better than the other? Answer: Herbs are such diverse plants that there is no simple answe

Plants Need Tea, Too!

Just like humans, plants soak up the nutrients from tea. By brewing garden tea or fertilizer teas, your plants will get the extra boost they need. 

Growing Shadberry

Shadberry has many names, a few of which are shadblow tree, Amelanchier spp. and juneberry. This medicinally beneficial tree is one of the highlights in JoAnn Gardner’s New York garden.

What Lewis and Clark Didn’t See

President Jefferson enjoyed gardening at Monticello and he introduced amercians to Tom Thumb lettuce and hyacinth bean vine. Despite his flourishing garden, he dreamed of the West and what native plants existed.

The Art of Pinching

Pinching back herbs can be a difficult process as each plant has different requirements. Pinching will yield a larger harvest and it is great for the herb plant too.

The Wild Maquis of Corsica

A French province and deep Italian roots natures variety give rise to exquisite cuisine and exceptional wine.

Tender Transplanting

Transplanting can be a difficult and traumatic process for your plants. Ease the transition with these helpful tips. 

Best Outdoor Garden Furniture

Outdoor garden furniture can increase your homes usable space and bring it out into nature. Just follow this guide to find the most durable, eco-friendly, best outdoor garden furniture.

Bountiful Mints

Mint has been used for different purposes throughout history. Nancy Smith explores mint throughout the ages and tops it off with a recipe for glazed carrots with mint sauce.

Early Spring Herbs

From Allium schoenoprasum to Stachys byzantina, chives are just around the corner marking the spring growing season.

Tutor your Topiary

If you’re having troubles growing or taking care of you topiary, follow Kathleen’s advice for beautiful topiaries.

Herbs for Hummingbirds

Barbara Pleasant discuses what herbs are safe for birds and which will attract them to your yard.

Sacred Garden Spaces

Create symbolic reminders of the past and healthy connections to the present with a medicine wheel garden.

My Old Friend the Juniper Tree

An old Juniper tree use to sit outside Jim Long’s window, he cut it down a few years after moving in. Now his kitchen is filled with light, his gutters and yard are clear of leaves and the stumps serves as a large bird bath; however, Long misses his old friend.  

The Pot Spot: How to Pot a Plant

Although perhaps obvious to experienced gardeners, there are some guidelines for potting up an herb and getting it off to the best start possible

An Indoor Visual Feast

Select a basket and your favorite herbs for a fresh look and flavor all winter long.

Sisters of the Soil

Madonna lilies, dame’s rocket and woad are true sisters of the soil.

Round Robin

Notes from regional herb gardeners across the U.S.

Calling all Dreamers

Hints, wishes and garden-variety fantasies from some of our favorite herb lovers.

Only the Best

Advice on how to grow this season's garden like a pro.

Hazelwood Herb Farm

At Hazelwood Herb Farm in Ladysmithe, British Columbia, you'll find a love for herb gardening, cooking and natural beauty products with hazelnut trees all on the perfect plot of land.

Round Robin

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners

Down to Earth: The Real Curry Plant

Learn how to discern the real curry plant (Murraya koenigii) from commonly misidentified curry plants (Helichrysum italicum).

Grow Your Own Herbs

Pick the right spot, plant a few seeds, add some water and sunshine and magic you have your own herb garden.

Love Your Lawn

You can have a thick, green lawn without turning your backyard into a toxic waste dump by following these eco-friendly suggestions.

Home is Where the Weeds Are

Noxious weeds infest about 100 million acres of North America and conquer more than 3 million acres each year. You can help stop the invasion of the non-natives by paying attention to what's in your own yard.


Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners

Standing Tall

Gussy up your garden with herbal shrubs

Urban Farming: Growing Food in the City

A growing number of urban farmers are finding that they dont have to choose between the penthouse views and the land spreading out so far and wide. They're creating green acres right where they are.

Getting Rid of Weeds in the Garden

Garden weeds control has never been easier. Learn how to take control of your herb garden by controlling and diminishing unwanted weeds.

Fragrance Underfoot

Extend your garden to include herbs around the stones of a walkway.

To Know a Rose

A sampler of hardy roses and the absolute truth about them.

Running for Cover

Extend your garden's growing season by protecting plants against early frosts.

Off the Grass

In their quest to minimize mowing, a couple creates a suburban oasis, complete with a potato field and resident frogs.

Care and Feeding for the Beginner

Planting your first herb can be difficult as there are lots of questions that arise. These helpful pointers turn you into an experienced gardener in no time.  

Native Seeds/SEARCH

A Tucson-based organization is on a mission to collect and preserve herbs and other rare vegetables.

Lucky Shamrocks

Red clover, purple clover, please turn a fourth leaf over

Botanizing the West

Learn how Lewis and Clark contributed to the herbs we eat today.


Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners

The Robison York State Herb Garden

The scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is home to Cornell Plantations, the botanical garden, arboretum, and natural area preserves of Cornell University.

First Nations' Herbs

The North American natives hold deeply rooted herbal practices.   

An Island Refuge

The diverse habitats of Block Island are a haven for nature lovers.   

The Scoop on Soil

Get the most out of your soil by adding what it needs to produce a beautiful garden.

Naming The Elf

Coming across an elf at a herb show is something that doesn't happen everyday.

A Natural Way to Landscape

Interested in redoing your front lawn? Try these natural varieties as well as turf removal tips.

Sacred Ground

Chef Horst Pfeifer saw horticultural promise in a parking lot adjoining an abandoned convent near his New Orleans restaurant. Now Bella Luna patrons dine on cuisine made with freshly picked herbs from his garden plot

Taking Notes: Reflect on your Herb Garden

As long as I’ve been a serious gardener, I’ve kept a gardening jour­­nal. I use it to record not only plant names and bloom times but also my hopes and dreams for my tiny plot of land.

The Winter Garden

I wanted to write of dark earth singing, of spring’s ease and soft mouth flower, of birds in light step. But sometimes it is not spring we need, but winter, how it calls us from the walnut dark of our rooms to kneel in the unplowed gardens, carrying our stick leaf, musk thistle, hound’s-tongue.

Lions and Tigers and Herbs

Chef Pete Peterson couldnt resist helping himself to the massive resources in the San Diego Wild Animal Parks 4,000-square-foot herb garden. Now, with cuttings and transplants from the mother garden, he has a culinary plot of his own.

Better Flower Arrangements

Let flowers become your small window into another world—a world of pure color, intense fragrance, profound simplicity. There's no need to bind your flower with wires or poke it into foam or fret about rules of floral arrangement.

A Sense of Place

Indiana’s Stream Cliff Herb Farm is a thriving enterprise that maintains a family’s heritage of both ­living on and making a livelihood from the farm.   

Greenhouse Herbs for Year-Round Gardening

In the depths of the dark side of the year, it may seem as if nothing will ever grow again. You can lift your herb production (and your spirits) with a greenhouse that allows for early seed starting or even year-round growing.

Denizens of the Drylands

Whether your garden spot boasts sandy or gravelly soil that drains too quickly or reflected heat from a concrete walk, ­driveway, or foundation wall, it’s an ideal position for a whole host of xeric herbs.

Going Organic in the Herb Garden

Going Organic in the Herb Garden February/March 1999 By Bill Duesing M y first garden was located to the south of an old barn, next to and just a few feet above a wetland area. Although I was a novice gardener, that wonderful patch of earth easily brought forth abundant herbs and vegetables without a spritz

The Parsley Garden

A boy, a hammer and an everyday herb create a coming-of-age story.

History of Heirloom Herbs

Discover the history of heirloom herbs including Victorian violets, dame's rocket, silver spires rosemary and more.

Emily Dickinson's Herbarium

In addition to writing poems, Emily Dickinson was also passionate about creating her own herbarium of dried pressed flowers.

Victorians and the Language of Flowers

The Industrial Revolution in England spurred rich Victorian families to use herbs and flowers to show off their expensive taste with extravagant decor, recipes and fashion.

An Expert Discovers New Herbs

Herbalist Jim Long tells of his experience discovering new herbs and learning new tips for growing an herb garden.

Herb Gardening for Beginners

Identifying unknown herbs in a new garden plot can seem like a daunting task--these tips will help you differentiate everything and label your plants so this dilemma doesn't happen again.

Our Personal Favorite Herbs

Everyone has their own personal favorite herbs, here's a list of favorites from readers and contributors at The Herb Companion.  

Family Bonds in Festival Hill

A mother and daughter create family bonds at their home in Round Top, Texas by sharing their love of herbs with others at the Festival Hill Institute.

The Grown-Up Herb Garden

Take some gardening advice from experts who have been maintaining herb gardens for decades and learn how to regain control of your unruly garden.

Green Patch: Perennial Pruning

Rita Buchanan answers a reader's question about the best way to go about pruning herbs. Perennial herbs require pruning to encourage healthy growth and to keep them looking tidy. Try these tips to stimulate your garden after the end of winter.

Round Robin: Dirt Cologne, Rue Herbs, and More

Hear from gardeners in every part of the United States. They have engaging tales to offer ranging from the hard work that early spring requires to the allergy effects of the rue plant.

Growing Lavender Plants

Growing lavender may seem daunting, but there's a reason it has remained popular. Lavender is one of those timeless plants, valued for its fragrance and abundance of uses. We've gathered information from gardeners, botanists, and chefs to find out which species of Lavender are the "go-to" plants.

Gardening Window Boxes

Window boxes add a charming touch to any home. Pick some favorite flowers and herbs, mount a window box, and get started with a mini-garden right out your window!

Four O'Clock Plants and Other Clock Flowers

Flowers do double duty as both a beautiful addition to your garden and a living clock. Make your own "clock garden" and watch the different flowers open throughout the day.

Try Organic Liquid Fertilizers

Improve your soil and the growth in your garden with organic liquid fertilizers. This micronutrients-filled fertilizer is simple enough to make at home, and will feed your garden while giving your plants a boost.

Starting From Scratch With an Herb Garden

Find out everything you need to know about starting your own herb garden: where to go, what kinds of plants or seeds to look for, and the best methods to grow your seeds into strong, healthy herbs.

Grow Opium Poppies

Learn how to successfully grow opium poppies and all their many varieties.

Round Robin

Hear some fascinating stories from gardeners all around the country.

Scented Pelargonium Fragrances to Try

Scented Pelargonium, known more simply as the rose-scented geranium, is available in an extraordinary number of varieties. Learn the characteristics assigned to each kind, and decide for yourself which will capture your senses.

Pollination Ecology: or, Sex in the Herb Garden

Flowering plants are not just putting on a show for us to enjoy - it is an important piece of their reproductive methods. Plants use flowers to attract birds, bees, and a number of other insects to help with pollination. Growing certain flowers in your garden can help build a fascinating ecosystem.

George Washington Estate Herbal Pursuits

Take a trip through history and learn about the extensive gardens George and Martha Washington cultivated on their estate in Virginia. Learn what herbs and vegetables they grew for cooking, as well as for their personal, well-stocked medicine cabinet.

Fennel and Frogspit

During a trip to the garden, two young brothers learn more than they had planned about fennel: its uses, its function in nature, and most importantly, its taste.

Herby Turns Ten!

A memorable lesson: 10 years of writing about herbs.

The Dry Herb Garden

Plant a water-wise herb garden in arid climates and heat-baked locations.

The Benefit of Violets

Some of the skills I learned as a small child on my grandparents’ farm are lost to me now. One of them is mending socks with the aid of a darning egg—the art of filling in a hole. Another is the skill of finding spring, which I learned from the hired hand named Mingo. Read more.

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Shades of Spring

Gardeners from around the world share their experiences with the herbal bitters of the Jewish passover, new gardening techniques and herbs, sharing your garden with visitors, and cutting fresh salad greens.

Round Robin: Continuing Education

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: One of the joys of herb gardening is the opportunity to learn something new almost daily. Certain things, however, I never seem to master. Read more.

Garden Design: How to Make a Peter Rabbit Garden

Is your herb garden worthy of the quirky Peter Rabbit? If not, perhaps you haven’t hit on the right combination of plants. Gardeners in all parts of the United States have used Beatrix Potter’s rascally rabbit and the other characters of her children’s tales as an intriguing starting point for little herb plots that delight visitors young and old.

Vintage Herbs

Discover the lush herbal landscape of California wine country.

The Life of Beatrix Potter

A proper young lady in ­Victorian London, spinning dreams on the pages of her little books, introduced generations of children to a remedy for tired rabbits: chamomile tea at bedtime. Beatrix Potter’s fetching characters and engaging stories reflect her delight in the natural world around her, a world free from the restrictiveness of the society in which she was born in 1866.

Round Robin: Fall Breakfasts

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Fall is a relatively languid season here. The barn is stuffed with hay to feed the animals over the winter, and the shed is stacked with dry wood to keep us warm. Nothing to do now but loll around and eat tomatoes, the red, juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes that Jigs raises each summer. Read more.

Down to Earth: My Favorite Herb

In 1996, when it was time to choose the official Herb of the Year, Jim Long explains why he used his tie-breaking powers as a National Herb Week chairman to support monarda.

The Most Hardworking Bugs in a Garden

Most gardeners realize that many kinds of insects in a garden can be beneficial in managing the damaging kinds that also occur there. Not often, however, do gardeners give much thought to the needs or cultivation of these naturally occurring biological controls. Learn more.

Garden Design: How to Create a Lemon Garden

Lemon gardens can be a fun addition to your backyard. Start with some of your favorite lemon-scented herbs. Read our story that journeys through each season of a lemon garden.

Round Robin: Hot Time in the City

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: Here in the South, I pinch sprigs and tips of my herbs for cooking year round, but summer is the best time for a full-scale harvest. Read more.

Plant a Moonlight Garden

As night falls, this bed of herbs and flow­­­ers glimmers, glows, catches the moonlight, and tosses it back. The fragrances of the evening seem sweeter­ and stronger than those of the day, ­or perhaps the surrounding darkness dims other ­senses and makes the night ­garden more ­intensely fragrant and evocative. This bed where I linger is my moonlight ­garden. Read more.

Round Robin: Lungwort Watch

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: My lungwort watch begins at the end of the first week of April. As my husband, Jigs, and I rush past the garden on the way to the barn to do the chores, I cast an eager eye over the decayed vegetation that edges the first planting I established here, soon after we moved to the old farm twenty-five years ago. Read more.

Down to Earth: Earning Their Keep

Plants in my garden have to justify their existence. Like my animals, which earn their keep by producing something or protecting the territory, herbs have to prove to me that they are useful to merit space in my garden. Read more.

Lessons: Wild, Labor-Free Garden

Yarrow. Angelica. Hoary mountain mint. Wild onion. Sweet violet. Greens ­galore: purslane, lamb’s-quarters, wild lettuce, wild beet, dandelion. All these and many others grow beautifully and prolifically in my wild herb garden. What’s more, the garden is absolutely labor-free save for harvesting and enjoying, which are not work at all. Learn more.

Plant Annual Herbs

Annuals—those plants that give their all in one season—are every bit as valuable in the herb garden as in other kinds of gardens. Although annuals are among the most useful of culinary herbs, others often make their most important contribution in the landscape.

Round Robin: Early Green

Notes from regional herb gardeners: Spring comes early to Atlanta: the weeping willow beyond the creek greens up in February. Some years, when sunny 65°F weather arrives soon after Valentine’s Day and summer is postponed by a cool, rainy May, spring stretches to four glorious months. Read more.

Growing Scented Pelargoniums in Containers

Scented pelargoniums are grown mainly for their fragrant foliage. As useful as they are when planted in beds, though, scented pelargoniums often have their finest moments in containers. Pelargoniums and pots seem made for each other. Learn more.

Garden Profile: North Carolina's Historic Bethabara Park

Volunteers at Historic Bethabara Park have been able to reconstruct the America’s oldest, medicinal physic garden—known at that time as Hortus Medicus —and the accompanying communal kitchen garden. Learn more.

Roots on Roots: Propogating From Cuttings

An easy way to multiply your herbs is to cut roots. Herbs that have fleshy roots or that tend to produce suckers are good candidates for this kind of propagation. Learn more.

Garden Profile: London's Chelsea Physic Garden

In the heart of metropolitan London grows a garden of living history: the Chelsea Physic Garden. It is the oldest teaching garden in continuous use in the Western world, and it is of particular interest to herb lovers because its purpose for more than 300 years has been the study of useful plants. Learn more.

Profile: Joy Logee Martin

Joy Logee Martin is the anchor of Logee’s Greenhouses in Danielson, ­Connecticut. Horticulturist, grower, and artist, Joy has been working in the greenhouse since she was old enough to walk. She is a founding member of the American Begonia Society, secretary and horticulture chairwoman of the New England Herb Society, and a fifty-eight-year member of The Herb Society of America. Her plant collections include species from all over the world, and she has developed many new varieties herself.

Round Robin: A Year To Remember

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: What exactly is a normal year? Every New Year’s Eve, our weatherman sounds like a broken record with his succinct summation: “It was a normal weather year with average rainfall.” His statistics may indicate an average year, but my garden told a different story. This year’s weather has been more like a roller-coaster ride. Read more.

Down to Earth: Making Dirt

Sometimes I feel like a god—not the invincible, “able to move heaven and earth” kind of god, but just a minor creator inside my own fences. I’m the official Creator of Dirt for one tiny patch of garden on this Earth. Read more.

Perched on a Porch: Garden Ideas for Small Spaces

Lacking a plot of ground, Barbara O’Connor has created her herb garden out of ­innovation and perseverance. On two tiny porches off her third-floor walk-up in a South Side Chicago neighborhood, she has been growing herbs in a big way for twenty years. Learn more.

Round Robin: Herb Garden Makeover

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: I am facing a midlife garden crisis. It happens every five to six years when I realize that the formal herb garden is out of control. It is time. I have decided on an herbal makeover. I am talking major surgery.

Down to Earth: Dreams from the Garden

Jim Long recalls when he learned how valerian root capsules and a dream pillow would help relieve him from frequent sleepless nights.

Short Seasons Long Harvests

In the stone raised bed of a Rocky Mountain herb garden, mint grows comfortably and forms a lush background for the rosemaries, which are grown as annuals in this climate.

Water Works: Rooting Cuttings in Water

We’ve found a simple, inexpensive, effective way to root cuttings of many herb varieties; all you need is a glass of water and a windowsill.

Garden Profile: Berkshire Botanical Garden

Herbs lead a double life at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, whose 15 acres straddle a busy highway west of the town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. On one side of the road, neat rows of plants provide a harvest of herbs for jellies, vinegars, dried blends, sachets, and cat toys, which are sold in the Garden Gift Shop. Across the roadway and through a shady grape arbor is an herb display garden, a collection of some 200 herbs of all kinds including culinary, fragrance, medicinal, and dye plants.

Round Robin: Making Soil Amendments

Notes from Regional Herb Gardeners: This is the time of year when I order my soil amendments. This year, I hope to try some “mint straw”, the composted “greens” left after cooking up fresh mint to distill the oil. Learn more.

Growing Herbs in Urban Landscapes

Creating suitable growing conditions for herbs planted in an urban landscape can be a challenge. Learn how to defeat these challenges.

Round Robin: Experimenting with Catmint

Notes from regional herb gardeners: I’m experimenting this year with catmints. The challenge is to keep the neighborhood ­felines from discovering them.

Down To Earth: Small Space, Big Challenge

People are always telling me they don't have enough space for a garden, but I seldom respond. I would like to say, “Don’t make excuses. If you don’t like to garden, don’t, but if you love growing herbs and flowers, find a way.”

Garden Profile: A Working Garden

When Jeanne Rose steps into her quiet, intimate herb garden, tucked within in a turn-of-the-century row house located in the Haight district of San Francisco, she is transported to another world, far from the urban bustle.

Photographing Your Herb Garden

The garden offers so many sights worth capturing on film—towering seed heads of dill, dew glistening on leaves at sunrise, the different stages of a blooming flower. Each year, as conditions alter through the changing of the seasons, events will happen in your garden that may never happen again. Read more about photographing your garden.

Round Robin: Detective Stories

What a detective story! Herbal usage reaches far back to the dawn of human history. I find this continuity endlessly interesting. Read more.

Growing Purple Basil

When the light is right and soil conditions have been just so, you can see highlights in the leaves that might seem purple or red or blue or maroon or violet or burgundy, or even green.

Round Robin: Zoning Out

This is the time of year when we have our most trying winter weather. Last year we had scarcely any snow during the four winter months; it was all being saved up for March.

A Back-Door Herb Garden

Herb gardening doesn’t have to be a sprawling, consuming hobby. For some, a tiny plot just outside the back door or a few square feet of green in an out-of-the-way place is sufficient.

Down to Earth: A Fragrant Wedding

The strewing herbs made the wedding unique; the fragrance of the calamus leaves and rose petals tied the ceremony and reception together.

Round Robin: Healing my Earth

I have a favorite talk that I deliver to any group that asks me. Titled “Herbs: The Nurturing Connection”, it’s one I feel called to give. It has evolved and been fed from many sources at many levels, and one of its main messages is that herbs can heal not only humans, but the Earth as well, if we allow them to.

Round Robin: Lawns Old and New

Thank goodness for Rita Buchanan. The June/July issue of The Herb Companion arrived just when my confidence was ebbing. Having been in my new house and garden for less than a month, I was faced with hundreds of decisions, and one of them was about lawns.

Complete Your Gardening Cycle: Growing Seeds

In my garden, most of the annual herbs such as borage and love-in-a-mist reseed themselves without any intervention on my part. Many of the herbaceous (nonwoody) perennial herbs also tend to reseed with reckless abandon.

Herbal Lawns

Getting started with an herbal lawn may be as simple as changing your definitions and attitudes.

Down to Earth: The Death of a Tiller

When I first moved to the farm more than a decade ago, I’d just survived a divorce, and I tackled the garden for therapy as much as for food. The family who had farmed the property for a lifetime before me had planted gardens but hadn’t attended to the overall appearance of the property. With my background in landscaping and my love of gardening and herbs, I began shaping the garden to fit my mental view of order.

Growing Herbs in the Air

For many home gardeners, a hanging pot of herbs is just that: a potted herb plant that’s hung up with a wire or macrame hanger. Ideally, the herb stems extend and hang down over the sides of the pot, eventually engulfing it in a cascade of lush, fragrant foliage. But it doesn’t usually work out that way; more often, the result is thin, leggy stems producing widely spaced foliage that doesn’t really cover the pot at all.

The Nature of Garden Pests

Just as a weed is any plant growing where we don’t want it, a garden pest is a pest only by virtue of our opinion of it.

Along the Edges of an Herb Garden

The edge of an herb garden—where it meets the grass, or greets the street, or curves around a path—is a special place.

Miniature Herbs

Imagine a small child hunched motionless over a plant, peering through the foliage at a tiny bug as it treks over the shaded ground below. To a child, the tiniest variation in ­terrain becomes colossal as the bug traverses dirt clods large and small, a fallen twig, and seemingly impenetrable vegetation; even a miniature herb plant can appear ­gigantic.

Divided They Stand: Sharing Herbs by Dividing THem

One of the greatest joys of herb gardening for me is sharing my perennial plants with other gardeners. I take comfort in knowing that I can satisfy my urge to share my herbs without spending a cent and at the cost of only a few minutes of my time and a little elbow grease. I do this by dividing them.

Growing Herbs from Stem Cuttings

A novice gardener with only a windowsill to work with can, with patience and understanding (and perhaps a little divine intervention), propagate many herbs from cut pieces of leafy stem.

Indian Culinary Herbs You Can Grow

Many of the plants from which the more unexpected flavors ­Indian cuisine can derive can be grown in this country, ­either as house plants or outdoors.

Herb Topiaries

Container-grown herb topiaries can graciously frame an entryway or ­decorate a table or windowsill, and generally enhance decor, whether indoors or out.

The Magic of Garage Sales

Discover the magic of garage sales, includes suggestions and tips for finding botanical treasures on book sale tables and treasured herbal books to look for.

Regional Herb Gardeners: Cold Weather Crop Problems and Oregon Water Rationing

Regional herb gardeners share information on cold weather problems for tomatoes and lawns, Oregon water rationing and notes from the latest International Herb Growers and Marketers Association conference. Originally published as "Round Robin: Notes From Regional Herb Gardeners" October/November 1992 Herb Companion.