Herb

Herbs are mostly easy to grow plants that can be used for both culinary and ornamental purposes.  The majority of these prefer full sun and well-drained soil.  Many are drought tolerant and most prefer little or no fertilization for best flavor. Frequent harvesting will produce fuller plants and assure a continual crop for kitchen use.

We consider most of these to be deer resistant except where noted. (We also grow many plants that may be considered medicinal herbs but we cannot recommend their use and so do not list them in our herb section.)

All are perennial unless otherwise noted. 

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Allium schoenoprasum
Common Name: Chives

Fine green, onion-like foliage and pretty lavender globe-like flowers are nice cut and dried.  Green leaves are used for seasoning and blossoms are edible as well. Evergreen. Deer resistant.


Allium tuberosum
Common Name: Garlic Chives

Slightly flattened, onion-like blue-green foliage with clusters of showy, 1"-2" white flower umbels in mid to late summer.  Leaves and flowers are edible. Remove spent seed heads to prevent self sowing. Not deer resistant. Evergreen.


Anethum graveolens 'Bouquet'
Common Name: Dwarf Dill

Dwarf selection suitable for containers and smaller gardens. Can be used fresh in sauces and salads and is especially good with fish. Use dried or the seeds for pickling. Host plant for butterflies. Not deer resistant.


Basil 'Greek Columnar'
Common Name: Basil

Small green leaves on upright columnar plants. A favorite because it continues to produce fresh leaves all summer. Generally does not bloom because our day lengths are not long enough. Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Annual.


Basil 'Large Leaf Italian'
Common Name: Sweet Basil

Wonderful for pesto and Italian dishes. Large shiny green leaves. Deer resistant. Annual.


Fennel 'Bronze'
Common Name: Bronze Fennel

Decorative herb with wonderful bronze colored ferny foliage and attractive flowers and seed heads. Used in vegetable dips and with fish. Self sows. Host plant for butterflies. Not deer resistant. Drought tolerant.


Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'
Common Name: Hops

Vigorous, twining vine with chartreuse foliage and fragrant, mint green flowers that age to a straw color. Attractive to butterflies. Yes, this is one can be used to make beer. 


Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Common Name: English Lavender

Old fashioned fragrant shrubby plant has silvery-gray leaves and erect spikes of lavender flowers. Attractive to butterflies. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Long blooming.


Lavandula angustifolia 'Violet Intrigue'
Common Name: English Lavender

Silver gray foliage and deep violet blooms characterize this vibrant, upright grower. Blooms maintain good color even in heat and humidity. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Plant patented.


Lavandula x intermedia 'Dilly Dilly'
Common Name: Lavender

Compact, silver-gray foliage with extremely fragrant, violet-blue flower spikes. Attractive to butterflies. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Long blooming.


Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'
Common Name: Lavender

Relatively compact plants with strong stems of deep violet blooms in midsummer. Vigorous and disease resistant plants hold up well in summer heat and humidity. Heavy oil producer. Attractive to butterflies. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Long blooming.


Lavandula x intermedia 'Hidcote Superior'
Common Name: Lavender

Selected for its deep violet flowers and compact silvery-gray foliage. Attractive to butterflies. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Long blooming.


Lavandula x intermedia 'Phenomenal'
Common Name: Lavender

Uniform plants have remarkable fragrance and bright purple flowers over silvery green foliage. Exceptional winter hardiness! Great in the garden and wonderful for cutting, for oils, and cooking. Plant patented.


Lavandula x intermedia 'Provence'
Common Name: Lavender

Tall variety with gray-green leaves and light purple flowers. Better humidity tolerance than other cultivars. Evergreen. Deer resistant. Attractive to butterflies. Long blooming.


Mentha piperita 'Peppermint'
Common Name: Peppermint

1/2"-1" highly secented green leaves have a strong peppermint flavor. Used in teas and Jelly. Very vigorous and should be planted in large buried pots to control the spread of runners. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant.


Mentha pulegium 'Nana'
Common Name: Dwarf Pennyroyal/Mosquito Plant

Evergreen, creeping plant with tiny leaves that send out the aroma of mint when brushed or stepped on. Light lavender flowers in summer.  Moderate foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Mentha requienii
Common Name: Corsican Mint

Wonderful, mat forming groundcover that features tight green, aromatic foliage. Tiny lavender flowers in summer. Plant between stones so that the gentle mint scent is released when walked on. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Mentha spicata 'Spearmint'
Common Name: Spearmint

1"-2" green leaves have a sweet mild, peppermint favor. Lavender flowers. The best mint for flavoring jelly. Very vigorous and should be planted in large buried pots to control the spread of runners. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant.


Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Chocolate'
Common Name: Chocolate Mint

Very fragrant, attractive, rounded leaves tinged with dark purple on a green base. Used in teas, sauces, punch, and candy. White flowers. Very vigorous so plant in large buried pots to control the spread of runners. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant.


Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Orange'
Common Name: Orange Mint

1/2"-1" green leaves are citrus scented. Neat, attractive habit. Lavender flowers. Very vigorous and should be planted in large buried pots to control the spread of runners. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant.


Mentha x spicata 'Julep'
Common Name: Mint

Large, fragrant green leaves make this variety ideal for use in beverages, especially the famous Mint Julep. Very vigorous so plant in large buried pots to control the spread of runners. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant.


Mentha x villosa 'Mojito'
Common Name: Mint

Pretty green leaves are quilted and fragrant. A wonderful culinary herb from Cuba with a distinctive warm, mild sweet flavor, not pungent or overbearing - perfect for a genuine Mojito. Wonderful with other dishes as well! Like other mints it will spread aggressively, best in contained situation.


Nepeta cataria
Common Name: Catnip

Whitish-lavender blooms and toothed, heart-shaped, gray-green foliage. The fragrant foliage is adored by felines - a must for every cat lover. Also great as a groundcover. Deer resistant. Self sows.


Nepeta faassenii 'Cat's Meow'
Common Name: Catmint

Spikes of sky-blue flowers are held on well-branched stems above dense, rounded mounds of small, fragrant, gray-green foliage. Plants maintain their shape all season long. A Proven WinnerTM variety. Plant patented.


Oreganum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'
Common Name: Oregano (Ornamental)

Ornamental. Beautiful pink flowers appear on the tips of paper thin, hop-like, blush pink bracts. Interesting small oval, gray-green veined leaves. Pinch back to promote branching. Long blooming. Deer resistant. Great for containers.


Oreganum vulgare hirtum
Common Name: Greek Oregano

Small, quilted, medium green, slightly hairy leaves adorn somewhat woody stems of bushy, spreading plants. Frequent trimming will keep plants from becoming rangy. White flowers in midsummer detract from foliage so keep removed. Lightly sheer as needed. Deliciously scented foliage with excellent flavor. Attractive to pollinators. Deer resistant.

 


Oreganum x majoricum
Common Name: Italian Oregano

Pretty gray-green to bright green foliage. Pink flowers can detract from foliage so keep removed. Frequent cutting will keep plants bushy and discourage blooming. Sweet and savory flavored foliage has a milder flavor than Greek Oregano. Deer resistant.


Osmunda claytoniana
Common Name: Interrupted Fern

This majestic native fern resembles Cinnamon fern, but prefers moist woods rather than swamps. Its fronds are "interrupted" by the sporangia that are borne in the middle of the frond, rather than on the entire frond. Deciduous.


Petroselinum crispum 'Italian'
Common Name: Italian Parsley

Dark green, flat leaf variety with pronounced flavor. The gourmet's favorite. Larval food for butterflies. Biennial, but will self-sow. Not deer resistant. Excellent source of vitamins, iron, and calcium for people.


Pycnanthemum muticum
Common Name: Clustered Mountain Mint

Lustrous leaves, silvery bracts with pinkish blooms, and a compact habit distinguish this member of the mint family. Spreads by rhizomes.


Rosmarinus officinalis 'Arp'
Common Name: Rosemary

Strong growing compact plants have a Christmas tree growth habit. Shrubby and evergreen with aromatic gray-green leaves and woody stems.


Rosmarinus officinalis 'Hill Hardy'
Common Name: Rosemary

An upright form like 'Arp' that is supposed to be hardy to Zone 6. Shrubby and evergreen with aromatic gray-green leaves and woody stems.


Rosmarinus officinalis 'Joanna Reed'
Common Name: Rosemary

Evergreen, shrub forming variety that grows wider than tall. Pretty blue blooms for much of the year.


Rosmarinus officinalis 'Salem'
Common Name: Rosemary

Dark green, needle-like leaves and blue flowers on bushy plants that can substitute for shrubbery. Blooms for much of the year.


Ruta graveolens
Common Name: Rue

Attractive, delicate blue, evergreen foliage shaped rather like tiny spatulas and cartoon hands. Yellow to chartreuse flowers in early summer.


Salvia officinalis 'Purple'
Common Name: Purple Sage
Strong aromatic, semi-evergreen, shrubby plant with oblong leaves and spikes of violet flowers. Stems and leaves are bluish purple making them ornamental, as well as excellent for stuffing, sausages, stews and meats.

Santolina incana (chamaecyparissus) 'Nana'
Common Name: Lavender Cotton

Silvery-gray, fragrant foliage and a compact, globe-like growth habit characterize this semi-woody evergreen.  Yellow button flowers 1/2" across bloom in early summer.


Santolina virens
Common Name: Lavender Cotton

Bright green, fragrant foliage and a compact, globe-like growth habit characterize this semi-woody evergreen.  Yellow button flowers 1/2" across bloom in early summer.


Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz'
Common Name: Lavender Cotton

Bright chartreuse yellow, fragrant, thread-like foliage distinguishes this unique lavender cotton. Compact, mounding form is slightly wider than tall. Pale yellow pompom flowers in early summer.


Thymus ''Wooly''
Common Name: Wooly Thyme

Creeping, wooly gray foliage and pink flowers create a versatile evergreen groundcover that will cover dry slopes, fill in between rocks or grow in containers. Not humidity tolerant. Works well between stepping stones or around roses. Evergreen. Moderate to heavy foot traffic. Space on 8” centers.


Thymus 'Archer's Gold'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme

Bright gold creeping foliage in winter follows attractive dark green foliage in summer. Evergreen. Small pink flowers in late summer.  Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Thymus 'Bressingham'
Common Name: Thyme

This very low-growing thyme resembles wooly thyme, but with tiny, dark green foliage that is less hairy. Hot pink blooms fade to soft pink creating a delicate carpet to show off roses, line walkways or make a small lawn in difficult areas. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus 'Coccineus'
Common Name: Creeping Red Thyme

Soft aromatic foliage is covered with light rose flowers in summer. Deep green foliage gives way to bronze as weather turns cold. Very versatile perennial that will cover dry slopes, creep around roses or work well as a small lawn substitute. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus 'Coconut'
Common Name: Thyme

Lightly coconut-scented green foliage is covered with lavender-pink flowers in July. Forms a ground hugging mat of evergreen foliage. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant.


Thymus 'Doone Valley'
Common Name: Thyme

Green foliage with irregular golden areas that turn reddish in winter. Evergreen. Wonderful lemony fragrance, lavender flowers.  Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus 'Hi Ho Silver'
Common Name: Thyme (English)

Selection of English Thyme with bright white variegation and purple flowers. Upright, culinary form that benefits from frequent light shearing. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Requires well-drained soil, especially in winter.


Thymus 'Highland Cream'
Common Name: Thyme "Hartington Silver"

This creeping thyme has bright cream/gold foliage with a touch of green in the middle. Soft pink to white flowers adorn it in late spring. Bright color makes this an absolute must for entryways and patios or for draping over a retaining wall. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8” centers.


Thymus 'Silver Edged'
Common Name: Silver Lemon Thyme

Green and white variegated leaves with whitish flowers. Lemon scented foliage. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Bushy upright form that benefits from frequent light shearing.


Thymus 'Spicy Orange'
Common Name: Thyme

This unique thyme has a feathery look and very strong fragrance when crushed. Light green needle-like foliage creeps along to form a nice carpet covered with 1" soft pink flower spikes in June and July. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus 'Transparent Yellow'
Common Name: Thyme

Low growing plants have chartreuse foliage that turns yellow-orange in fall. Evergreen. Lemony fragrance. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. May be used as a groundcover or lawn substitute, even tolerating light foot traffic.


Thymus citriodorus ''Creeping Lemon''
Common Name: Creeping Lemon Thyme

Ground hugging mats of small, glossy green leaves are randomly splashed with gold. Lemon scented foliage. Evergreen. Lavender flowers in August. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant.


Thymus citriodorus 'Lemon'
Common Name: Thyme

Shiny green leaves on a compact, mounding plant. Very fragrant foliage. Lavender flowers. Evergreen. This bushy upright form benefits from frequent light shearing.


Thymus serpyllum 'Albus'
Common Name: White Creeping Thyme

Low growing, aromatic plants have white blooms in summer. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'
Common Name: Thyme

This miniature thyme forms a tight, solid mat of gray/green foliage. Gorgeous when it blooms with light pink flowers in summer. Creates a versatile groundcover that will cover dry slopes, fill in between stepping stones or creep over rocks. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Evergreen. Heavy foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme

This creeping thyme keeps a tight grip on the ground to make an nice small lawn substitute or groundcover. Deep green foliage has a nice fresh scent of lemon when stepped on. Covered with carmine pink flowers in spring. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 6” centers.


Thymus serpyllum 'Mother of Thyme'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme

Bushy, upright form has attractive lavender flowers in June and July. Very fragrant. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Benefits from frequent light shearing.


Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme

Soft, hairy, gray-green leaves showcase pretty salmon-pink flowers in summer. Perfect in between pavers, along a garden path or covering a dry slope. Use in entryways or patios to enjoy fragrance. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8” centers.


Thymus vulgaris 'English'
Common Name: English Thyme

Dark green, small leaves and white to lavender flowers are attractive to butterflies. A favorite for seasoning foods. Evergreen. Bushy upright form benefits from frequent light shearing. Deer resistant.