HERBS

Common Name Scientific Height Remarks
Basil Ocinum basilicum 4”- 3’ Full sun; heat tolerant plant but prefers to be kept with somewhat moist soil; dies back in winter; replant in late spring. Keep plant at 6” – 8” tall by pinching off top leaves. Mint Family.
Cilantro n/a 4"-6” Full sun but a cool season herb only; grow from mid-November to mid-March; leave last crop to seed and collect seed for next year. Parsley Family.
Dill Anethum graveolens 24"-36” Full sun to very light shade; a cool season herb only; grows from October to early April and germinates easily from seed; great food for Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars. Parsley Family.
Lemon balm n/a 12"-18” Full sun but a cool season herb only; grow from mid-November to mid-March; leave last crop to seed and collect seed for next year. Parsley Family.
Mexican Mint Marigold Tagetes lucida 2-3' Sun/part shade; deciduous; yellow-orange flowers; benefits from light pruning in early summer to produce thick blooms; freezes to ground in winter; native to Mexico where foliage is used for teas and seasoning.
Oregano Origanum vulgare 4” Sun/part shade; semi-evergreen; small white flowers in summer; sprawling form; aromatic.
Rosemary, prostrate Rosmarinus officinalis ver. prostratus 1'-2' Sun; evergreen; small clusters of light lavender-blue flowers; blooms spring through fall. Prostrate varieties used as ground cover or bank cover. Endures hot sun and poor soil with little watering once established. Leaves widely used as a seasoning.
Rosemary, upright Rosmarinus officinalis 3'-5' Sun; evergreen; small clusters of light lavender-blue flowers; blooms spring through fall; makes a good ground cover. Endures hot sun and poor soil with little watering once established. Leaves widely used as a seasoning.
Santolina Santolina sp. 1-1.5' Sun; evergreen; bright yellow flower that blooms in midsummer; with green or silver foliage. Often used as an edging plant, it is also suitable for a mixed or shrub borders; requires well-drained soil.
Spanish Lavender Lavandula stoechas 18"-2' Sun; evergreen; flowers are fragrant with purple blooms; needs well drained soil with average water needs; careful not to overwater. Lavender is attractive to bees, butterflies and/ or birds.
Thyme Thymus vulgaris 6"-10" Full sun; drought tolerant plant; evergreen; attractive to honey bees; prefers pots and rock gardens; prune back severely in March and moderately in July.