Herbs in the Southern Garden: 10 Great Herbs for Southern Gardens

Create a colorful Southern-style garden

| March/April 1999

  • Pansies glow against the leaves of ‘Osaka Red’ mustard and colorful lettuces.
    Photo by Tom Peace
  • In high-contrast plant­ings, perilla and silver ­plectranthus make good bedfellows.
    Photo by Tom Peace
  • Golden feverfew takes a starring role among a chorus of dianthus, violas, and catmint.
    Photo by Tom Peace
  • Dependable echinacea brightens many southern gardens.
    Photo by Tom Peace

10 Great Herbs for Southern Gardens

1. Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’. Beautiful silver foliage; tolerates southern heat and humidity.

2. Artichoke (Cynara scolymus). Bold silver foliage for the winter garden.

3. Basils (Ocimum spp.). Herbs that excel in southern gardens; wide range of colors and flavors to choose from.

4. Cuban oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus). Its succulent round leaves stand in for regular oregano in humid climates.

5. Double-flowered soapwort (Saponaria officinalis ‘Plena’). Pink flowers light up a shady spot.

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