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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

Allium schoenoprasum

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.

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Basil Greek Columnar

Basil Greek Columnar

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. (Only available in s

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Lavandula angustifolia Munstead

Lavandula angustifolia Munstead

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.

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Lavandula x intermedia Grosso

Lavandula x intermedia Grosso

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

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Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal

Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal

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.

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Lavandula x intermedia Provence

Lavandula x intermedia Provence

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.

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Lavendula angustifolia Platinum Blonde

Lavendula angustifolia Platinum Blonde

Lavender

Cream-lined silvery-green foliage makes for a striing plant. Purple blooms.

Requires full sun, perfectly well-drained soil, and prefers alkaline conditions. Attractive to butterflies and bumble bees. Long blooming and evergreen. Deer resis

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Lavendula stoechas Primavera

Lavendula stoechas Primavera

Lavender

Showy breed of lavender that features lovely, dark purple blooms resting atop a slender, slightly leafy stem. Foliage is a bundle of eye-catching silver, upright narrow leaves that cluster at the base of the plant.

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Mentha spicata

Mentha spicata

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.

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Mentha x villosa Mojito

Mentha x villosa Mojito

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

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Oreganum laevigatum Herrenhausen

Oreganum laevigatum Herrenhausen

Ornamental Oregano

This ornamental produces loads of dark-reddish violet flowers in late summer to earlly fall. The deep green leaves take on a red to purplish color as the weather cools. Very attractive to butterflies. Rabbit resistant. Rhizomatous and semi-woody.

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Oreganum laevigatum Rosenkuppel

Oreganum laevigatum Rosenkuppel

Oregano / Winter Sweet

Long blooming with warm pink blooms. Superb burgundy foliage in fall and winter. Improved version of 'Herrenhausen'. Great for edging, groundcovers, or rock gardens. Deer resistant.

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Oreganum rotundifolium Kent Beauty

Oreganum rotundifolium Kent Beauty

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.

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Oreganum vulgare hirtum

Oreganum vulgare hirtum

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. Ligh

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Petroselinum crispum Italian

Petroselinum crispum Italian

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.

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Ruta graveolens

Ruta graveolens

Rue

Attractive, delicate blue, evergreen foliage shaped rather like tiny spatulas and cartoon hands. Yellow to chartreuse flowers in early summer. Host plant for the swallowtail butterfly larvae.

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Thymus Archer's Gold

Thymus Archer's Gold

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.

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Thymus Bressingham

Thymus Bressingham

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 area

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Thymus Coccineus

Thymus Coccineus

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. Mode

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