Horticulturist Maureen Gilmer explores plants of the olden days.
This rich range of herbs may not be edible, but they possess many other garden-worthy qualities beyond being simply beautiful.
This perennial herb has a pleasant lemonlike aroma and flavor, but this variety tends to be grown more for its interesting color, compact shape and size, as well as its medicinal attributes. Its cousin, M. officinalis (lemon balm), can be a problem in the garden as it is a prolific self-seeder whereas the variegated form is much better behaved. The leaves can be used fresh or dried in an infusion and are renowned for their ability to aid relaxation or even to rejuvenate and alleviate nervous tension or depression.
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