Plants for Herb Gardens

An herb garden is a feature the whole family can enjoy.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant an Herb Border

Children like the tastes, smells and textures of herbs; parents and grandparents enjoy cooking with them. Many herbs are best in a sunny location, but chives and parsley can both be grown successfully in more shady spots.


Rosmarinus officinalis, or rosemary, is an attractive evergreen shrub with pine-needle-like leaves. Its trusses of blue flowers last through spring and summer in a warm, humid environment. Extremely pungent leaves can be used fresh or dried.


Chives, Allium schoenoprasum, is an herb that is popular in both herb gardens and flower gardens. Their showy flowers and clump-like growth make them a perfect border plant. Enjoy their savory flavor as well.


Matte purple evergreen foliage of Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' makes it a useful garden accent or container plant. It benefits from yearly shearing or frequent culinary trimming to keep it less woody.

Curly Leaf Parsley

Curly leaf parsley, Petroselinum crispum, has leaves that curl into small frilly leaflets. It is often used as a garnish and is the variety most commonly sold, even though it has less flavor than Italian parsley.

Common Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum', or common fennel, is an upright, branching perennial that is typically grown in vegetable and herb gardens for its anise-flavored foliage and seeds, both of which are commonly harvested for use in cooking.

Borage Officinalis

Borage officinalis is a hardy annual plant and has long been grown freely in kitchen gardens, both for its uses as an herb and for the sake of its bright blue star-shaped flowers, which yield excellent honey.

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