Herbs We Grow: Medicinal & Culinary

lemon verbenaWe love fresh Herbs and we use them for medicinal purposes and to cook with. I love to go outside and rub my hand along a leaf or stem and then hold it to my nose and breathe in the beneficial essential oils that are naturally occurring in the herbs. I also love to take a nibble of those herbs that can be use for culinary purposes.

I think that herbs are fairly easy to grow, look beautful, are fragrant and they are so useful. If you take a look at any herb cataloge the variety can be overwhelming. Over the years I have tried to grow a wide variety of herbs but have settled on the ones listed below for a number of reasons. We live in the coastal plain of North Carolina and not all herbs grow well here. We get a lot of sun and our summers are usually drier than I would like. It does make growing things a bit of a challenge but I continually work at it and will not give up. Our current herb list reflects those that we enjoy, use regularly and that will grow well in our part of the country.

This list is what we are currently growing and using:

  • Basil – we grow the Lime, Genovesa and Opal varieties
  • Bay Laurel Tree – I used to grow it in a pot inside and it didn’t do very well, now it is in a very large pot and stays outside all year long – it is thriving
  • Bergamot or Monarda – I have the red and pink varieties
  • Blue Hyssop
  • Bronze Fennel
  • Calendula
  • Cat Mint
  • Chickweed
  • Chives
  • Clove Pinks
  • Comfrey – Bocking 4 (higher protein content) and Bocking 14 (higher allantoin content – medicinal)
  • Dill
  • Echinacea
  • English Thyme
  • Eucalyptus Trees
  • Feverfew
  • German Chamomile
  • Helichrysum Italicum
  • Horehound
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Balm or Melissa
  • Lemon Grass
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Lemon Verbena – one of my favorites
  • Mullein
  • Oregano
  • Parsley – flat and curly varieties
  • Peppermint & Chocolate Mint
  • Rosemary – we have several varieties including the BBQ and we love them all
  • Sage
  • Scull Cap
  • Self Heal
  • Sheep Sorrel
  • Soapwort
  • Spearmint
  • St John’s Wort
  • Stevia – Crazy Sweet variety
  • Tarragon – French variety
  • Vicks Plant
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood Artemisia – Silver King
  • Yellow Yarrow

What herbs are you growing? What is your favorite herb to grow and why?


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