If you want to grow herb garden plants, this article will give you some background information about different kinds of herbs. There are annual, biennial, and perennial herbs, each having a unique distinction from each other. To successfully grow a garden, there is a need to find out how to care for specific herbs.
Annual herbs are the type that must be replanted yearly as a seed or young seedling. They will die during frost. Some annual herbs are basil, summer savory, and cilantro. Biennial herbs just grow leaves on their first year, and then blossom, generate seeds and then die afterwards. Biennial herbs are best planted in late spring. Some of these are angelica, caraway and parsley.
Perennial herbs remain tough even in winter months, and thrive every year. One example is sage. First thing to do in planting is to prepare the soil and make it fine. Also sprinkle a small amount of water. Dig up shallow holes, plant the seeds and firmly press the soil to take out any air pockets. To make fine seeds growth more even, add some sand to the soil. Spread a wet burlap or paper on soil bed to maintain the moisture of soil for better seed germination.
There is a very wide range of uses for herbs the most common of which are for cooking, fragrances, and medicinal purposes.
Cooking herbs are the most common herbs grown in the garden, for their many uses in the kitchen. Strongly flavored herbs like chive, thyme, basil, sage, savory and marjoram should be added in food in small quantities. Parsley has often been used as a garnish, and is a very popular herb. Another use for herbs is for aromatic purposes. The flowers and foliage of aromatic herbs bring out a sweet scent. Loyage, mint and rosemary excrete fragrant oils used in perfumes, toilet water, or other things requiring scent. Fresh herbs can be used to give fragrance to linens and clothing, or their fragrance can be preserved for a long time by turning them into potpourri. Lavender and lemon verbena make great potpourris. Herb garden plants can also be purposed for health. For hundreds of years medical science has attested the power of herbs to heal the body. However, use of herbs should be made with utmost care, as there are some that are injurious, if taken internally.
Herb garden plants can also be grown merely for their beauty, and believe me some herbs are truly stunning. These decorative herbs possess multihued foliage and flowers. Chicory and borage, for instance, grow vibrant blue blossoms while valerian blooms some stunning crimson flowers. Numerous herbs give out pale colored flowers and foliage.
Many of these herbs have more than one function. Like mint, which is popularly added to food, made as tea, or pest control. The important thing is, you already have an idea in mind what herb you want to grow, have a background about its nature, and know about the uses of this plant.
If you have been intrigued by this article and want to start a herb garden what you need to do next is to find out more about the other essentials of herb gardening in general. Things like cultivation, maintenance, and harvesting are the main areas to get to grips with.