African Blue Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum ‘African Blue’ or (Ocimum ‘Dark Opal’ x O. kilimandscharicum) Annual Full Sun Height: 3′-4 In the Garden African Blue Basil is a cross between Dark Opal Basil and Camphor Basil. It is sterile and won’t produce seeds so it is reproduced using propagation. African Blue Basil is one of the hardiest basils…

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Alaska Nasturtium

Plant Specifications Tropaeolum majus. Annual. Morning to Filtered Sun. Height: 6-10” Widths: 6-9” Compact mounds of large flat rounded smooth leaves give way to intense cherry, orange and yellow blooms. A white variegated foliage with cream and green striped lily pad leaves. In the Garden This is primarily a fall or early spring plant, due…

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Albahaca Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum micranthum ‘Albahaca Abundante’. Sun to Partial Sun. Hardy Annual. Height: 50cm Commonly called “Abundate basil,” this variety is considered a rare species. However, it is a hardy species and can be grown any time of the year. The leaves are oval and slightly toothed and the flowers are white or purple. (O.…

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Amethyst Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum basilicum ‘Amethyst’ Annual Full Sun Height: 16″-20″ In the Garden Amethyst Basil is a Genovese basil that has thick, turned down leaves with a similar shape to Sweet Basil. It is the only Genovese basil that is purple in color. It needs moderately rich soil and full sun. It is not drought…

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Arp Rosemary

<h3>Plant Specifications</h3> Rosmarinus Officinalis. Hardy Perennial. Full Sun. Height: An upright shrub with gray-green needles. Arp was introduced by Madalene Hill of Hilltop Herb Farm in Cleveland, Tex., who discovered it growing behind a house in Arp, Tex., in 1972. Blooms are small, pale lavender flowers. <h3>In the Garden</h3> Not recommended for containers, instead this…

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Artemesia Powis Castle

Plant Specifications Artemesia ‘Powis’ Castle. Perennial. Full Sun to part shade. Height: 2’ – 4’ Width of 3’. Silver lace-like leaves that grow in lush clusters stand out in a garden. A woody, sturdy plant with a camphor-like fragrance. In the Garden This plant is very popular because of its reputation as an easy-to-grow herb.…

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Artemesia Sweet Annie

Plant Specifications Artemisia annua. Annual. Morning Sun or Partial Shade. Height: 3’-4’ A blue-green upright growing herbaceous plant. Blooms with aromatic yellow, goldenor chartreuse flower clusters. In the Garden Flourishes in cooler temperatures, as in Spring and Fall. Water regularly, but do not overwater. Self-sowing. Grows quickly from seed and will reseed to come back…

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Aussie Sweetie Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum xcitriodorum Annual. Sun to Partial Sun Height: 14 – 28” Width 8-10” Originally named for its development in Austin, Texas, (also known as the “Lesbos or Greek Column” basil) is a hybrid basil with small leaves, a columnar shape and a very sweet clove and citrus aroma. It generally does not flower,…

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Aussie Sweetie Tricolor Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum xcitriodorum Annual Full Sun Height: 2′-3′ In the Garden Aussie Sweetie Tricolor does not produce flowers. The leaves have three different colors: green, light green, and white, hence the name ‘tricolor. This basil will do best if you plant it in your garden instead of a container. It likes the full sun…

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Bay Tree

Plant Specifications Laurus nobilus. Full to Partial Sun. Woody Evergreen shrub or tree. Height: up to 50 feet tall. Woody stems of dark green leathery oval leaves bloom in the spring with small, creamy yellow flowers. Dark purple berries erupt after the flowers are gone. In the Garden Bay Trees love humus-rich, well drained soil…

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Berggarten Sage

Plant Specifications Salvia Officinalis cv. ‘Berggarten’. Perennial. Full Sun. Height 10” – 12” A small sage that grows into a low-growing mound with large wide, oval leaves. In the Garden Berggarten translates into ‘mountain garden’ and the bright green growth of the new leaves becomes soft downy gray older growth. Berggarten Sage Plants are a…

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Blue Boy Rosemary

<h3>Plant Specifications</h3> Rosemarinus officinalis cv. ‘Blue Boy’. Full Sun. Perennial. Height: 16” A sturdy, heat and drought resistant evergreen, it is one of the tiniest of the rosemarys. Fragrant, green narrow lobed leaves make way for showy pale blue flowers in mid summer. <h3>In the Garden</h3> A tiny rosemary among giants, Blue Boy is a…

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Blue Oregano

Plant Specifications Vulgare Oregano. Half day Sun. Hardy Perennial Height: 10” tall Width: 18” Compact oregano with small tiny, dark green leaves and striking dark blue flowers on a tall stalk. In the Garden Prefers a well drained, moist sandy soil. More of a ground cover. Beautiful blooms end of May through July. Great for…

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Borage

Plant Specifications Borago officinalis. Annual. Cool (morning) or Partial Sun. Height: up to 2’ tall Width: 18” Hollow, bristly sprawling stems and bristly oval leaves up to 6 inches long. Star-shaped, one inch flowers, which bloom pink then mature to blue. In the Garden Prefers humus-rich, sandy and moist, well-drained soil in cool, yet sunny…

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Bouquet Dill

Plant Specifications Anthemum graveolens. Sun: Full Sun Annual – one season plant. Height: 12-24 inches 3 ft. plant with strongly aromatic foliage, stems, and heads. Produces umbels of yellow flowers which turn into umbrella-like seed heads. Flowering time is summer to fall. The yellow flowers will attract beneficial insects to the garden. In the Garden…

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Bronze and Green Fennel

Plant Specifications Foeniculum vulgare. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: up to 3’ Width: 12” The perennial herb fennel differs from the annual vegetable fennel, in that it does not form a white, swollen base. Mounds of glorious light, lacy, fern-like leaves in a mixture of copper, green and muted purple stems all bend in the…

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Bronze Fennel

Plant Specifications Foeniculum vulgare ‘purpureum’. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: up to 3’ Width: 12” The perennial herb fennel differs from the annual vegetable fennel, in that it does not form a white, swollen base. Threadlike, feathery, bronze-purple leaves similar to dill, it blooms with tiny edible flowers in midsummer. New growth is bronze-purple throughout…

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Caraway Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus Herba-Barona. Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 2” – 4” Width: up to 14.” Tiny pointed leaves on characteristically red stems that spread out creeping runners with a pleasant caraway scent. In the Garden Like most thymes, it prefers well-drained sandy or rocky soil and at least a half day of good sunlight. Water…

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Catmint Six Hill Giant

Plant Specifications Nepeta Six Hills Giant. Perennial. Full Sun to Mostly Sunny. Height: up to 3’ The taller Catmint is among the hardiest of the Nepetas and has a much longer period of flowering. The plants are broad and vigorous, with prolific flowers, the color of deep violet blue. In the Garden It will grow…

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Catnip

Plant Specifications Nepeta cataria. Perennial. Half Sun. Height: up to 3’ Width: 18” Sprawling stems with triangular, toothed, 2 inch long leaves smelling of camphor, thyme and pennyroyal. Leaves and stems are covered with a downy white fuzz. Small tubular white edible flowers bloom in the Summer In the Garden Catnip prefers average, well-drained soil…

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Chamomile

Plant Specifications Chamaemelum nobile. Perennial. Full to Partial Sun. Height: up to 8” Width: 12” Finely cut, feathery leaves with daisy-like, one inch flowers in late summer and autumn. In the Garden Prefers sandy, average, well-drained soil in a mostly sunny setting. Can sow seed directly into the garden in spring or autumn. Great for…

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Chocolate Mint

Plant Specifications Chocolate Mint looks and tastes more like Peppermint than chocolate. Some people say they can taste or smell “chocolate” in the leaves but there are no oils or compounds in this plant that resemble chocolate. The leaves look similar to Peppermint with dark brown or chocolate edges. In the Garden Chocolate Mint needs…

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Cilantro

Plant Specifications Coriandrum sativum. Full Sun to Partial Shade. Hardy Self-Sowing Annual. Height: up to 20” Width: up to 8”. Cilantro, also known as coriander, is in the parsley family. The base leaves are broad, similar to Italian parsley, and are reputed for the better flavor. It creates a rosette of lacy leaves in cool…

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Cinnamon Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum basilicum ‘Cinnamon’ Annual Full Sun Height: 3′ In the Garden Originally from Mexico, it produces light lavender flowers with purple flower stems. It likes the full sun but is not drought tolerant so keep it watered. This basil likes the heat and warm soil as long as it gets enough water. It…

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Coconut Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus Praecos subsp. Arcticus. Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 3” – 4” A compact spreader with round leaves creating a bushy, mound-like growth. In the Garden Preferring cooler temperature, this thyme does best in south Texas during the Fall and Spring months. Hardy in cool weather, they can thrive well just before freezing temperatures.…

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Collingswood Rosemary

<h3>Plant Specifications</h3> Rosmarinus Officinalis ‘Collingswood.’ Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 3’ – 4’. Width: up to 2’ – 3’ An intermediate upright shrub with long pink/red stems. <h3>In the Garden</h3> Beautiful in the garden because of its unusual pink stems and light blue lavender flowers. Trim back stems after blooming to encourage new growth. Rosemarys will…

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Comfrey

Plant Specifications Symphytum officinale. Perennial. Filtered Sun. Height: 24” Spreads to a clump of 2’-3’ A Spreading plant with hairy, rough-textured pointed leaves up to 10” long. Slowers spikes of purple to white, tubular flowers bloom in Spring. In the Garden This plant needs moisture, particularly in hot weather. Grows pink/lavender flowers when in bloom…

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Compact Oregano

Plant Specifications Plant Specs Coming Soon. In the Garden Compact Oregano only grows to a height of 6 inches so if you don’t have much garden space to work with then this is the perfect plant for you. It will produce small pink or white flowers and is very fragrant making it a great addition…

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Corsican Mint

Plant Specifications Mentha Requienii. Known as a perennial, however, here in the South Texas Heat we treat it as an Annual. Morning Sun/Filtered Shade Height: ¾” Width: 12-18” Corsican Mint is a species of mint, native to Corsica, Sardinia, France and Italy. It grows very close to the ground and is desirable because it can…

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Creeping Lemon Thyme

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Cuban Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum basilicum ‘Cuban’ Annual. Full Sun Height: 2′ In the Garden It has heart shaped leaves that are about an inch long and an inch wide. It rarely flowers but when it does the flowers are white. It originated in Cuba which is where it gets its’ name. It grows upright similar to…

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Cuban Green Oregano

Plant Specifications Cuban Green Oregano should be treated more like a succulent than other types of Oregano. It will grow to a height of 12 to 18 inches. In the Garden It is very fragile and it must be protected against cold temperatures. Plant it in your garden or in a container where it will…

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Curled Mint

Plant Specifications Menta spicata ‘Crispa’. Perennial, but in in South Texas, treated as an annual. Plenty of sunlight but not the heat – Mints prefer ‘Cool’ sunlight (light or partial shade) Height: 12 – 18″ A taller mint that shows off bright green leaves that are curled. The taste and smell are similar to spearmint.…

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Curly Parsley

Plant Specifications Petroselinum crispum var. crispum. Half day Sun. bi-annual. Height: 1’ to 1’6”. An herb that does better in the Fall due to the hot sun in south Texas. The curly leaf parsley is preferred by others because of its more decorative appearance in garnishing. It has finely cut, ruffled, deep-green leaves held on…

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Dittany of Crete Oregano

Plant Specifications Dittany of Crete Oregano gets its’ name from the Isle of Crete in Greece which is the only place it grows wild. It only grows to a height of about 4 inches and will put on numerous flower stalks with tiny pink flowers. Since it grows naturally in the mountains of Crete, try…

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Doonevalley Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus vulgaris ‘Dune Valley.’ Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 3” – 4” Dark green, glossy leaves which develop variegation during the growing season. A mounding thyme with a delightful lemon scent and rose pink blooms. In the Garden Thymes tend to bloom in early May here in south Texas. Doonevalley Thyme will become more…

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Dutch Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandin x intermedia (synonyms: L. vera, L. hortensis, L. spica ‘Early Dutch,’ ‘Dutch Mill.’) Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 14″ In the Garden Dutch Lavender is in the same lavender family as Fred Boutin, Provence, and Grosso lavender called Lavindin. It is one of the hardiest lavenders you can plant in your garden. It…

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Dwarf Curry

Plant Specifications Helichrysum microphyllum. Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 12” A small, compact evergreen shrub, with soft, silvery needle-like leaves with a strong scent of curry. Its tiny blooms of soft mustard-yellow flowerheads in Summer are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. In the Garden Dwarf Curry grows best in well drained rocky or sandy soil, with…

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Dwarf Sage

Plant Specifications Salvia Officinalis minumus Dwarf Garden Sage. Perennial. Full Sun to Partial Sun. Height 12” – 14”. Another small compact sage that grows into a tight mound with narrow, gray green leaves and lavender blue, white lined flowers. In the Garden This sage, like some others, prefers its roots to be in a compact…

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Dwarf Savory

Plant Specifications Satureja Montana subsp. var. prostrata. Perennial. Full Sun to Partial Shade. Height: 6”-8”. Very low growing, creeping herb with curled miniature leaves. Smaller leaved than the winter savory. Blooms in Spring with delicate white to lavender flowers throughout the leaves and branches. In the Garden Does best on a hillside, and beautiful trailing…

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Elfin Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus Praecox Articus ‘Elfin’. Hardy Perennial. Partial and/or morning Sun. Height: 2” One of the most popular, very low growing thymes here at Natures Herb Farm. It’s glossy, green leaves grow in thick clumps that spread easily. Rich lavender blooms erupt throughout the plant making it a fragrant carpet for walkways and paths.…

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English Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandula Augustofolia. Full Sun. Perennial. Height: 3’ Width: 2.5 Silvery green stalks with long broad oval shaped leaves with a sweet aromatic scent. Long stems produce pale violet blooms from Spring to Mid Summer. In the Garden English Lavender is in the same lavender family as Munstead and Vera which is called the…

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English Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus Vulgaris. Hardy Perennial. Partial or Morning Sun. Height: 10” – 12”. Width: 12” – 18”. A short bushy, dark green, broad leaf plant that blooms in the Spring with white to light pink flowers. The English thyme has a spicy, sweet floral fragrance. In the Garden Thrives in well drained rich garden…

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Fat Spike Lavender (Grosso)

Plant Specifications Fat Spike (Grosso) Lavender will grow into a large, silver, shrub-like plant that is about two feet tall. This lavender is in the same lavender family Dutch, Fred Boutin, and Provence lavender called Lavindin. This lavender has really long flower wands that grow in every direction. In the Garden It is one of…

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Fern Leaf Dill

Plant Specifications Anethum graveolens. Partial Sun. Annual. Height: 12-15”, Width: 10-12.” Fernleaf dill is a dwarf, compact, upright plant with dark, finely divided foliage. Flowers are beautiful umbrella-like yellow clusters of blossoms. Good for containers, perfect for the kitchen windowsill. In the Garden Fern Leaf Dill is strictly a spring and fall herb. It does…

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Fernleaf Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavendula multifida. Half Day Sun. Tender Perennial. Height: 3’ Width 2.5’ Lacy, flat lobbed dark green leaves that fan like fern. A slight scented lavender that flowers periodically through Spring and Fall with indigo purple tuffs on the ends of long spikes. In the Garden Fern Leaf Lavender requires a well drained soil…

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Feverfew

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Tanacetum parthenium. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: Width: 18”
Many-branched plant with yellow-green, lobed and divided leaves up to 3 inches long.
Appearing as miniature daisies, the white flowers bloom from midsummer to early fall.

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Florence Fennel

Plant Specifications (Finocchio, Sweet Fennel) Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum. Full Sun. Perennial. Height: up to 3 – 5’. Florence fennel, also known as finocchio, is one of the most decorative garden vegetables, grown for the succulent, aniseed-flavoured bulb which develops from the swollen bases of the leaf stalks. Unfortunately, it is also one of the…

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Forestri Rosemary

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Fred Boutin Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandula Augustofolia. Sun. Perennial. Height: 18″ Silvery green stalks with long oval shaped leaves with an aromatic scent. In the Garden Fred Boutin Lavender is in the same lavender family as Dutch, Grosso, and Provence lavender called Lavindin. Fred Boutin Lavender requires a well drained soil and full sun. It doesn’t like wet…

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French Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandula angustifolia. Perennial. Sun. Height: 12” French Lavender has jagged or serrated leaves that resemble a dull saw blade. The flowers are purple and look a lot like a pineapple in shape. In the Garden Plant it in well drained soil in the full sun and be sure not to overwater because it…

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French Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus Vulgarius. Hardy Perennial. Takes full sun very well. Height: 14” – 18” Also known as Narrow Leaf Thyme. A popular culinary thyme for growing in the hot, south texas region. A woodier, sturdier plant than other thymes with a floral fragrance and savory flavor. In the Garden Drought resistant, it is one…

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Fruiticosa Sage

Plant Specifications Salvia officinalis X S. fruticosa (formerly S. triloba) Hardy Perennial. Full Sun. Height 18” – 32”. A hybridization of S. Officinalis and Greek sage now cultivated in Israel features deeply lobed, fuzzy silver-like leaves. Tall flower spikes bloom with lavender pink, fragrant flowers. In the past, this sage was referred to as Greek…

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Garden Sage

Plant Specifications Salvia officinalis. Perennial. Sun. Height 18” – 22”. A silver leaf sage with cluster of pale violet and blue flowers. In the Garden From this sage come many of the other cultivars blended with greek sage to create Fruitcosa and Bath-Rosea varieties. This sage does well in containers, preferring its roots to a…

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Garlic Chives

Plant Specifications Allium tuberosum. Sun to Partial Sun. Perennial. Height: 18”, Width: 12”. Garlic Chives, a member of the onion family, are similar to chives, except their leaves are broad and flat, instead of hollow. The upright, grassy stems look great tucked between other perennials in the garden. You can also cook with the clusters…

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Golden Lemon Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus x citridorius ‘Aureus’ Hardy Perennial – but due to Texas heat you’ll find they’ll die down. Full Sun. Height: 8” Width: 12” An upright, bushy growing herb with golden edged leaves with the scent of lemon. In the Garden This thyme, with its colorful leaves and slight lemon scent, does best in…

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Golden Sage

Plant Specifications Salvia officinalis ‘Aurea’. Perennial. Sun. Height 18” – 24”. Striking variegated gold and green leaves with a slight fuzzy texture that grows into compact mounds. A somewhat short life perennial, it should be replaced every second year. In the Garden Add a great accent of color contrast to your garden with this compact…

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Golden Yarrow

Plant Specifications Achillea millefolium ‘Moonshine Yellow’. Perennial. Sun. Height: 12-18” Width: 10” Yarrow is a flowering plant native to Europe, it has naturalized throughout temperate North America. In New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo, or “little feather”, for the shape of the leaves. Several tall stems rise from a rhizome root (fibrous…

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Goodwin Creek Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek’ angustifolia. Perennial. Sun. Height: 16 – 22” Excellent lavender for drought conditions, this short and thick leaved variety can be grown indoors and in containers successfully. In the Garden Goodwin Creek Lavender is often hailed by many South Texas growers as the lavender of choice because can take the heat…

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Gorizia Rosemary

<h3>Plant Specifications</h3> Rosmarinus Officinalis ‘G’. Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 4’ tall spreading out to 4’ wide. A large rosemary with clusters of large green needles on very thick stems. Blooms in Spring and Fall with large blue flowers. <h3>In the Garden</h3> An attractive, sturdy shrub in the garden, it is a popular and easy-to-grow rosemary.…

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Gotu Kola

Plant Specifications Centella asiatica. Perennial. Cool Morning or Filtered Sun Height: Also known as centella and Indian pennywort, is a creeping vine found growing in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Small sized leaves hug the ground as a ground cover, rooting at the nodes as it spreads over the ground. Leaves are kidney-shaped…

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Greek Oregano

Plant Specifications reganum vulgare hirtum. Full Sun. Hardy Perennial. Height: 14” Width: Spreads up to 2-3’. A very hot, spicy flavored culinary oregano. In the Garden Greek Oregano is an invasive plant that will quickly spread throughout your garden so you will have to cut it back often or plant it in a container to…

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Green Santolina

Plant Specifications Santolina pinnata. Hardy Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 12” – 18” A great aromatic bush to have near the ground. A low mounding woody bush with rich a green leaves, resembling a fluffy fir tree with a pine scent. Flowers are tight yellow clusters of small petals that resemble a ‘puffy ball.’ In the…

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Grey Santolina

Plant Specifications Santonina chamaecyparissus. Hardy Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 12” – 18” Also referred to as Ground Cypress and Petite Cypress. Another beautiful and aromatic low-mounding bush. A woody plant with striking silver-gray leaves, resembling a pale fir tree with a pine scent. Flowers are tight yellow clusters of small petals that resemble a ‘puffy…

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Herbs

In general use, herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or perfume. Culinary use typically distinguishes herbs as referring to the leafy green parts of a plant (either fresh or dried), from a “spice”, a product from another part of the plant (usually dried), including seeds, berries, bark, roots and fruits.    …

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Hoja Santa

Plant Specifications Piper auritum. Also known as a Mexican pepper. Perennial. Morning to Filtered Sun – prefers ‘cool’ sunlight, not direct heat. Height: up to 8 ft tall. A herbaceous, tropical plant with large dark green, shiny leaves and is ubiquitous along the San Antonio river. Has a distinctive root beer aroma. In the Garden…

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Holy Basil

Plant Specifications Plant Specifications coming soon. In the Garden Holy Basil will do great in your flower garden or in a container. It needs well-drained soil and will do best with only a half-day of sun. It attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds when it is blooming. The plant is an annual but it will re-seed…

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Hopley’s Oregano

Plant Specifications Specs: Oregano laevigatum (hopley’s purple) Perennial. Half Day Sun. Height: 6-10” when blooming up to 14” tall. Spread up to a width of Dark purple, green foliage, very attractive with its light scent and flowers. Blooms a lot throughout the Summer, from May through August. In the Garden Hopley’s Oregano is generally considered…

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Huntington Blue Carpet Rosemary

Plant Specifications Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Huntington Blue Carpet’. Perennial. Full Sun. Height 10” Spikes of blue flowers over dark green conifer-looking foliage. Intensely fragrant needle-like leaves have a distinctive pungent flavor. This cultivar of Rosemary originated in Huntington Botanical Garden in California. In the Garden Huntington’s upright, dark green carpet with fragrant foliage makes a great…

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Hyacinth Bean

Plant Specifications Iberis amara. Annual. Sun. Height: up to 20’ A dark purple vine, covered with deep green leaves and maroon pods that climbs, twining around fences, posts or trellises. The blooms are spikes of fragrant, pea-like purple flowers that bloom from early summer to early winter. In the Garden All the hyacinth beans we…

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Irene Rosemary

Plant Specifications Rosmarinus Officinalis ‘Renzels’ (‘Irene’). Perennial. Full Sun. Height: Trails can reach a length up to 3’. A favorite trailing rosemary with long trailing stems and blooms with dark blue flowers. Blooms longer than most rosemarys. In the Garden Not as hardy as the Santa Barbara Rosemary, grows best on the south side of…

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Italian Oregano

Plant Specifications Oreganum oregano (sp) Full Sun. Hardy Perennial. Height: 24” A Spreader. Needs well drained, moist soil, but can handle dryer conditions. Most popular culinary oreganos to cook with. In the Garden Italian Oregano is a rapidly growing herb that needs routine pruning to inhibit invasive growth. It requires a well drained soil and…

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Italian Parsley

Plant Specifications Or Flat Leaf Parsley. Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum. Full Sun to Partly Sun. Annual. Height: 1’ to 1’6”. Italian parsley grows in a beautiful, rounded mound of bright green feathery foliage and is perfectly at home in the perennial border or flower bed. It has bright green leaves that resemble celery. The flat…

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Jacob Cline Bee Balm

Plant Specifications Monarda, ‘Jacob Cline.” Perennial. Partial Sun. Height 3′ – 4′ Width can spread to 3′. Leaves are smooth to hairy. Blooms in late Spring, with large, striking red clusters. Very dramatic in the garden. In the Garden This plant is in the mint family and requires moist soil and frequent watering. The height…

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Jewel Mix Nasturtium

Plant Specifications Nasturtium “Jewel Mixture” Tropaeolum majus. Annual Morning Sun Height: 16” One of the more popular Nasturtiums, a mix of singles and doubles of blossom petals of red, pink, orange and yellow. Gorgeous light green waterlily-shaped leaves highlight the vivid spurred blossoms of this brilliant vining nasturtium. A riot of rich color. In the…

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Jim’s Best Oregano

Plant Specifications Oreganum vulgaria. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: 6-8” A low growing, bushy, variegated plant. Prefers a well-drained soil. Does well in a container. In the Garden Jim’s Best is a trailing oregano that will “spill” over the side of a pot so it will look great in a hanging basket or a mixed…

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Kent Beauty Oregano

Plant Specifications Oreganum Kent Beauty. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: 6” A compact oregano, perfect for containers. In the Garden Kent Beauty Oregano should be planted in well-drained soil and should receive plenty of sun since the color of the flower bracts is dependent on the amount of sunlight. You should water this plant routinely…

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Lady Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandula angustifolia. Perennial. Sun. Height: 12” In the Garden Lady Lavender needs a well drained soil, full sun, and be careful not to overwater because wet conditions promote disease growth. It is a compact lavender that only grows to a height of 12″ to 18″. Prune your lavender a few weeks after its’…

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Lamb’s Ear

Plant Specifications Stachys byzantine. Hardy Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 2’ Width of 2’. Fuzzy, silvery soft green leaves are often used in children’s gardens because of the soft, rabbit-like leaves. Spikes of tall flowers come in shades of pink/purple or white, in the late spring or early summer. Its soft, silvery color is a striking…

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Lanicaulis Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus vulgaris ‘ Lanicaulis’. Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 3” – 4” A prostrate, fuzzy variety of thyme. Dark green foliage with a delightful pine scent. In the Garden This is one of the few ornamental thymes that can endure the Texas heat much better than other thymes. When the mercury soars, this plant…

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Lavender Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus vulgaris thracicus. Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: 6” Width: 18” An unusual thyme, it has dense, needle-like leaves with a strong lavender scent. A mounding ground cover that is proliferates quickly. Beautiful lavender purple flowers that bloom in early May. In the Garden Again, prefers Spring and Fall in South Texas and tends…

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Lemon Balm

Plant Specifications Melissa officinalis. Hardy Perennial. Morning Sun or Filtered Shade. Height: 24” Width: 24” Lemon Balm is a perennial herb in the mint family Lamiaceae, native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. The plant’s woody stem is square and branching, and has at each joint pairs of broad heart-shaped, toothed leaves that emit…

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Lemon Essence Mint

Plant Specifications Mentha piperita citrata cv. Perennial. Morning Shade/Filtered Sun. Height: 10” Width: 24 -30″ A Mint that has a slight scent of lemon, and slow growing. A spreader but not invasive. Crinkly light green leaves on square stems. In the Garden This delightful mint tends to be less as invasive as other mints. It…

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Lemon Eucalyptus

Plant Specifications Eucalyptus Citriodora. Evergreen. Full Sun. Height: 14’ – 18’. Lacy clumps with leaves like lemon drops with pointed tips. When mature, it has an intensely refreshing lemon scent. In the Garden A beautiful shrub in containers or a garden. Grows well as a tree on the southside protected between buildings. This plant should…

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Lemon Grass

Plant Specifications Cymbopogon citatus. Perennial. Full to mostly Sun. Height: up to 28” A native of India, lemongrass is a stalky, grass-like plant with a lemony scent and used in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. The foliage on a healthy lemongrass plant is bright green with graceful, grass-like stalks. In the Garden As it is coveted…

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Lemon Tabriz Basil

Plant Specifications Sun to Partial Sun. Annual This basil has a stronger lemon taste than Lemon or Lime Basil. It grows taller and faster as well. In the Garden Lemon Tabriz basil grows great in a vegetable or flower garden. It grows very tall and fast and will quickly outgrow a container. It will not…

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Lemon Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus x citriodorus (cross between a pulegioides and vulgaris) ‘Lemon’ Hardy Perennial. Sun. Height: up to 12”. Width: up to 14” Small upright, bushy plant with dark green leaves and a sweet lemony fragrance. In the Garden Wonderful in the garden due to its dark rich color and heady lemony scent. A rapidly…

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Lemon Verbena

“The Queen of lemon scented herbs.” Plant Specifications Aloysia triphylla. Perennial. Partial Sun. Height: up to 5” Width of 3’. A woody shrub that goes dormant in the Winter, but leaves return in the Spring, much like a tree. Slender branches have lance-shaped leaves up to 4” long. Produces sprays of white and purple flowers…

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Lime Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum basilicum ‘americanum’. Sun to Partial Sun. Annual. Height: up to 2’. Width 2’. Both Lemon and Lime are varieties of basil are freshly citrus scented and offers an unusual, dramatic, tasty basil. This rare and tasty basil will work wonders in vinegar, with fish, salad dressings, sauces, and oils. In the Garden…

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Lockwood DeForest Rosemary

Plant Specifications Rosemary officinalis ‘Lockwood de Forest’ ssp. Prostrate Rosemary. Perennial. Full Sun. Height: Trailing stems can reach a length between 1’ – 2’. A bushy, trailing rosemary with white stems. Winter hardy, with sturdy, thick, lush green needles. Beautiful clusters of pale lavender-blue flowers bloom through Spring. In the Garden A showy, low growing…

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Majorica Pink Rosemary

Plant Specifications Rosemarinus prostrate rosea ‘Roseus’. Perennial. Full Sun. Height 24-36” A stiff, upright, tender Rosemary with blooms of a pink color against pale green foliage. A refreshing contrast to the usual blue-violet blossoms of other Rosemarys. In the Garden Majorca tends to sprawl out and then up. Like other Rosemarys, it prefers a Mediterranean…

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Mexican Mint Marigold

Plant Specifications Tagetes lucida. Perennial. Full Sun. Height 3’ Width 2’ A neat, upright bush with narrow, sharply toothed dark green leaves. When other herbs have played out for the season, it blooms in fall with small buttercup yellow flowers. Beautiful in the garden. In the Garden A native of south Texas, its ease of…

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Mexican Oregano

Plant Specifications Poliomintha maderensis. Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 36-48” Also referred to as Madrean Rosemary, Rosemary Mint and Lavender Spice, This is a heat hardy evergreen shrub with an aromatic scent. Profuse pale lavender blooms explode during mid-summer. In the Garden Mexican Oregano is a lot different than other types of oregano. It doesn’t look,…

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Minutolii Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandula minutolii. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: 3’ Width: 2.5’ Grey Green leaves with regular smaller lobed divisions that create the leaf shape. A double bracket of violet blue blooms create a spear-like appearance, with the upper lobes twice as large as the lower lobes. This lavender does not have a classic lavender…

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Mother of Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus pulegioides “Aureus.” Perennial. Partial Sun. Height: up to 4 – 6” Also referred to as Broad Leaf Thyme and Large Thyme. A low growing herb with pink flowers in late Spring. In the Garden Deer resistant and attractive to bees and birds. Works beautifully as ground cover between stones in rock gardens…

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Mountain Greek Oregano

Plant Specificatins Oreganum Vulgarius (mountain greek). Sun. Perennial. Height: 10-12” Can Spread up to 24” wide. Also known as Wild Oregano, this oregano is referred to as Mountain Greek because the seeds come from the mountains of Greece. Has a very strong and spicy hot flavor. In the Garden This oregano is a great plant…

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Mrs. Howard Rosemary

Plant Specifications Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Mrs. Howard’s Creeping.’ Perennial. Full Sun. Height 14” – 28”. A good, hardy rosemary with green upright growth. The large, wide, medium-green leaves on thick trailing stems, and its taller stature separate this variety from trailing rosemarys. In the Garden Beautiful flat-leaved upright rosemary with light blue blossoms. Very attractive, sturdy…

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Munstead Lavender

Plant Specifications Lavandula Angustofolia. Half Day Sun. Perennial. Height: 18” – 2’ with blooms One of the English lavenders, Munstead Lavender is a fragrant robust lavender that, due to its short size and tightly held purple blooms, makes a great hedge. It flowers profusely in the spring, after which a good pruning will provide an…

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Myrtle

Plant Specifications Myrtus communis Perennial (hardy up to 25 degrees) Height: up to 7ft. Width: 5 ft. Thick, small-leafed shiny evergreen shrub with white blooms that appear in the spring. Sweetly scented leaves and flowers compliment the garden. In the Garden Very nice for south Texas because of its variety of use in the garden.…

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Nazareth Sage

Plant Specifications Salvia officinalis ‘Nazareth’ Israeli Sage PBR. Hardy Perennial. Full Sun. Height: 12”–14” A smaller, low growing bushy sage created by researchers in Israel and is a cross between ‘Salvia officinalis’ and S. fruitcosa. Aromatic soft grey small leaves with lavender to blue blooms in Summer. In the Garden Takes the heat well, but…

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New Guinea Basil

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Onion Chives

Plant Specifications Allium schoenoprasum. Half Day Sun and Filtered Shade. Perennial. Height: 12” tall. A clumping herb, chives have tubular leaves with purple flowers with a mild onion flavor. Does well in containers and confined spaces. In the Garden In the Texas area, Onion Chives grow best when kept in a container but will also…

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Opal Bush Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum Minmum Purple Bush. Annual Full Sun. Height 8″ – 12″. Tiny delicate purple leaves with a sweet, spicy scent. Elongated lavender blooms in Summer In the Garden A low-growing miniature that needs plenty of light. Does best in well-drained, sandy soil. Do not over water as roots can rot. Trim flowers as…

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Opal Red Rubin Basil

Plant Specifications Ocimum basilicum ‘Purpurascens’. Partial Sun. Tender Annual. Height: 1 ½’ is an improved variety of Dark opal basil. Like many culinary basils, it is a cultivar of Ocimum basilicum (sweet basil). This basil variety has unusual reddish-purple leaves, and a clove-like spiciness flavor, making it superb for salads and garnishes. It is also…

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Orange Mint

Plant Specifications Mentha Aquatica. Perennial. Morning Sun or Filtered Shade. Height: 24” Width: 24” The round shaped leaves are smooth surfaced and often tinted purple and red mounted on a dark red stem. As the weather cools the leaves will turn even more purple. It can grow tall, but grows bushlike. With blooms of lavender…

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Orange Thyme

Plant Specifications Thymus Fragrantissimus. Perennial. Partial Sun. Height: 10” – 12”: (or Orange Balsam) A woody bushy plant with pale green leaves on rose color stems. Blooms in Spring with beautiful tightly clustered pale pink flowers. In the Garden Water regularly but do not over water. Drought tolerant. Propagates well from seeds. Plant Uses Great…

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Paprika Yarrow

Plant Specifications Achillea millefolium ‘Paprika’. Perennial. Sun. Height: 16” Width: 10 – 14” Yarrow is a flowering plant native to Europe, it has naturalized throughout temperate North America. In New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo, or “little feather”, for the shape of the leaves. Several tall stems rise from a rhizome root…

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Parsley

Parsley

A swallowtail catapiller enjoys the foliage of both parsely and dill. They do no harm to the plant, but obviously need to be removed if you wish to eat the leaves.