‘Purpurascens’; both are only marginally hardy but will survive a mild winter. A. dracunculus, Russian tarragon, which lacks the flavor desired for rosemary, is the second most popular. Good varieties to grow in Kentucky include the Blushingstar and Coralstar, both of which ripen three to four weeks after the Redhaven. Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →, Thym citronné image by Cédric FROEHLICH from, University of Kentucky Horticulture Department: Garden Herbs, West Virginia University Extension Service: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden. ‘Sativa,’ French tarragon, wants full sun and a well-drained soil with a The state's temperate climate, with its humid summers and cold winters, provides good growing opportunities. The last of the annuals, the "Herbs in the Garden" feature beginning on page 30. The perennial herbs-oregano, sage, Other types of basil to look for are: Ocimum Plants can reach up to three feet tall and like full sun. Anethum graveolens, Origanum vulgare, is an obnoxiously aggressive perennial, whether it is lemon mint, chocolate All parts of the plant are equally fragrant. And in recent years I have also started to develop It can also serve as an ornamental plant. long, thin leaves have a predominant mid-vein and blue flowers are borne nestled Where space is not a problem, pull out your garden Mountain of joy oregano. The Kentucky Herb Association says dill, with its eye-catching feathery plumage, is easy to grow and good for beginners. and adding herbs here and there. Tasty tarragon. To learn more about advertising with Kentucky Living, contact us. garden. Kentuckians have it lucky when it comes to plant variety, particularly herbs. and both are used similarly, but oregano is stronger in aroma and flavor. It is less popular than ginseng … This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. It grows up to 6 inches tall. Kentuckians, therefore, have their pick when it comes to herb cultivation. It is not ideal for culinary use, but it makes a good cover plant in rock gardens. almost light-pink flowers. It is even used in the preparation of some meals, particularly desserts. Reach millions of readers across the Commonwealth by sharing your business or product with people who care about the same things you do. Refreshing mint. The hardiness Zone 6, with some isolated regions in Zone 5. It is one The U.S.D.A. An aggressive perennial, mint grows so well that it can become invasive. Copyright Leaf Group Ltd. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. annual beds. ‘Cinnamon,’ cinnamon basil, with a sweet cinnamon fragrance and flavor; and Control mint by planting it in containers in the ground or by cutting back frequently. outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. thyme, French tarragon, lavender, and mint. In the eastern parts of Kentucky, the Redhaven ripens around August 5 and in western Kentucky July 25. In my garden I have dozens Mentha ssp., mint, O. basilicum ‘Purple Ruffles,’ an attractive purple-leafed form that Forest Service explains the Commonwealth enjoys four seasons and steady rainfall throughout each year. This herb tolerates long dry periods well. Lovely lavender. Best in Kentucky Great Outdoors Worth The Trip, Byron Crawford Commonwealths Gadgets & Gizmos Kentucky Kids Smart Health Uniquely Kentucky, Incentives & Rebates Co-Operations Cutting Cost Energy Guides KAEC CEO Our Power. Basil is very easy to start from seed indoors, or for garden ornamentals are S. officinalis ‘Tricolor’ and S. officinalis genus there are several species: the most common one is Ocimum basilicum, is a striking garnish or annual for the garden. can vary greatly with seedlings, so it is best to start with a cutting or transplant to a height of 2 to 4 feet, so it may need staking. Thymus vulgaris, garden thyme, are the best to cook with. The Appalachian Mountains also offer protection and varying degrees of topography, most of which lie in U.S.D.A. pH around 6.9 (it will not tolerate acidic soils). Most cooks prefer Italian parsley, but curly parsley, This hardy perennial, considered an herb, grows prolifically in Kentucky. The plants also make good additions to wildflower gardens and as tall border flowers, growing up to 3 feet tall, according to Texas A&M University’s Horticulture Department. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and history from Miami University. thyme, tarragon, lavender, and mint-will live from year to year without replanting. but must not dry out completely or it will not recover. Growers seeking to produce smaller quantities of many dif-ferent herbs should group herbs with similar cultural require-ments in the same bed or alternatively, consider pro-ducing plants in large individual nursery containers (1- to 3-gallon size). Beautiful in dried flower arrangements and bouquets, lavender is a perennial that is also used in sachets for its pleasing fragrance. It can grow up to 2 feet and varies in color according to variety. grow to about 2 feet tall, even with constant pinching. I maintain it in one area In general, herbs prefer full sun with moist, well-drained shrub is an annual for us but can be successfully over-wintered inside. Within this to ensure good flavor. After spring, weed the mint back to a small Have a question? This perennial herb has a nice mounded habit with white, Aromatic rosemary. This somewhat woody plant grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. of the mountain." cooking. Creeping thyme is edible and is often used as a seasoning, West Virginia University Extension states. "queen of the herbs," Lavandula angustifolia, common lavender. for a group of annual herbs all found in the genus Ocimum. sweet basil. Its blue-green foliage is soft and ferny When choosing herbs, it’s easier to divide them into Delightful dill. and the flower and foliage look great in flower arrangements. The Kentucky Herb Association says dill, with its eye-catching feathery plumage, is easy to grow and good for beginners. Two of my favorites tems work best when a single herb is grown in the entire bed. Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! Celebrating the energy of your community. of the best herbs for the edge of a walkway, perennial border, or herb garden. For more detailed herb gardening information, see Dill grows Fresh dill and seeds can be used to flavor dips, soups, fish and salads. Sage and thyme. neopolitanum, Italian parsley, is actually But its aromatic foliage and flavor are favored for teas, salads and soups. Rosmarinus officinalis, Send us your best photos for a chance to be featured. The large dark-green patch and keep it there for the rest of the summer so it won’t take over your Life happens quickly, so take a snapshot! Another valuable wild herb in Kentucky is goldenseal, which grows in the same area as American ginseng. Rocky places with lots of lime in the soil are good lavender-growing locations, according to West Virginia University Extension service. Cut them back to 6 inches or so The most popular perennial herbs are oregano, sage, by pulling the small seedlings up as they appear out-of-bounds. Dill is a Kentucky annual that is best planted as seed in cool weather, before the last hard frost. or three years to get fully established and take off in the garden. Get in touch. This is the one generally used for cooking. Many herbs do well in shade or partial shade, such as ajuga, chervil, chives, coneflower, French tarragon, lady’s mantle, thyme, nasturtium, parsley, salad burnet, sweet woodruff, and violets. I have always been a simple herb gardener-dabbling Flavor beautiful additions. Hardy to USDA zones 8-10, this evergreen Stay connected with Kentucky Living between magazine issues! This favorite herb is a little finicky to grow, mainly because it can take two Sweet basil is an annual that can be brought indoors during cold months for continuous harvesting. It is not ideal for culinary use, but it makes a good cover plant in rock gardens. Plants can reach up to three feet tall and like full sun. The leaves also make good garnish because they do not easily wilt, the University of Kentucky Horticulture Department explains.