Plant ideas for when you start planning your garden.
I like to try new plants in my garden, but I also have long-time favorites that I come back to again and again.
Right now is harvest time in some parts of the world. People are bringing in squash and vegetables, and are protecting their gardens from the coming frost. In other areas, it's just time to start the garden. Either way, now is a good time to plan!
Three of my favorite aromatic plants for the garden are rosemary, lavender, and basil. I don’t feel like my garden is complete without them!
Rosemary is a remarkably simple aromatic plant to grow. Although it still needs love, it is more often over-tended than under-tended. It can grow year-round if it’s not exposed to frosty weather. (If you live in a part of the world where winter sets in, you can grow rosemary in a pot.) And the best part? It’s a beautiful, edible, aromatic plant! Even the flowers are edible!
Lavender is a hardy aromatic plant, and does well in rock gardens and pots. It can withstand drier, more arid climates, too. Just a few plants are all you need to scent your entire garden. Bees love lavender, too—and I always think they’re welcome friends in any garden!
When you harvest and dry lavender, cut a small bundle of stems, tie them together with string, and hang them upside down in a cool, dark, ventilated area. This keeps away mold and preserves the rich color. Rosemary and lavender are great for potpourri sachets, and look beautiful when displayed in vases or bowls. They scent the room up beautifully!
This aromatic plant really likes to be pruned—the more you prune the basil, the more basil you’ll have, so be sure you have a plan for using or preserving it. (Just be sure not to clip it to within an inch of its life!)
Basil is also often used for a host of natural remedies, such as promoting digestion. Or let’s say you get stung by one of those bees who love your lavender so much—some gardeners will pluck a fresh basil leaf, chew it up, and put it right on the sting to soothe the pain.