Spring Cleaning in the Garden

| 3/25/2010 11:25:24 AM

N.HeraudYou can check out the Lemon Verbena Lady at her blog http://lemonverbenalady.blogspot.com.

We had a beautiful weekend for late March and so I ventured into the herb garden to see what was sprouting and what the damage might be. I tend to do too much during the first days of spring in the herb garden so I'm trying to pace myself this year. (Learn how to pace yourself.)

Lemon Verbena Herb Garden
The Lemon Verbena Lady's herb garden in early spring.

I am always pleased to see a perennial favorite of mine, salad burnet (Poterium sanguisorba). It doesn't get too large in one season and sometimes reproduces itself, but it is not an herbal thug. It has very pretty red seed heads toward fall. It also has a delightful cucumber flavor and is a great substitute if you can't tolerate eating cucumbers. I think I will keep the leaves around it so that if we get a frost it will withstand it.

Salad burnet 2
Salad burnet peaks out from under the leaves.

The next plant is in the Lamium family. It is more of a weed and is called purple henbit dead-nettle. It looks like it belongs in the rock wall, but no! It will just keep reproducing and will take over if you let it.