Growing Herbs in Texas: The Best Basil for Texas

| 7/29/2009 11:33:57 AM


Cynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, gardening with herbs and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage ( for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state. 

This summer has been exceedingly hot and dry where I live. Plants that seem to have laughed at drought conditions in the past are showing the effects of many weeks without rain. The pastures around our farmhouse are brown and dusty. It's not an uplifting sight. But when I go out to my little herb garden I am met by the bright green leaves of basil plants!


Ah! Cool, green and flavorful. What could be more uplifting than to pick a leaf of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) just to smell and to rejuvenate the senses? Or how about lemon basil (O. xcitriodorum) with its citrus aroma and flavor that adds so much to a pasta salad or a marinade for chicken?