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 be planted somewhat isolated from other plants since it releases oils that can damage surrounding plants. Encourage growth by trimming.

Plant Uses

Primarily used as an ornamental. Cut leaves for fresh flower arrangements or drying and wreaths. Gently crush the leaves for scent. Frequently used in potpourris.

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

Plant Specifications

Eucalyptus Cinerea. Evergreen. Full Sun. Height: 6’–10’.
Smaller than the Lemon Eucalyptus it is stunning in the garden. On windy days the silvery, blue gray leaves shimmer in the breeze.

In the Garden

Popular for yards and landscaping, should also be somewhat isolated from other plants due to oils it releases.

Plant Uses

Good for fresh cuttings into a vase with or without water to bring the refreshing scent into your home. The beautiful silver leaves are a graceful addition to home decor.

Fern Leaf Dill

dill leaf

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 not do well in the Texas summer because of the long hot days. Plant it in well drained soil with a half-day of sun. Swallowtail butterflies love this plant and you will notice caterpillars everywhere. The caterpillars will eat the foliage of the plant so take them off if you want to use the fresh leaves for cooking. Fern Leaf Dill is compact and low growing so it is ideal for growing in a container.

Plant Uses

Fern Leaf Dill is primarily used for its fresh foliage rather than its seeds. The fresh foliage is great on potatoes, seafood, vegetables, butters, cheeses, soups, and lamb chops. To harvest the fresh foliage, cut the leaves off close to the stem to promote additional growth. Fern Leaf Dill is slower to form flowers and seeds so if pickling seeds is what you are looking for then this might not be the Dill for you.

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

Bouquet Dill is strictly a spring and fall herb. It does not do well in the Texas summer because of the long hot days. Plant it in well drained soil with a half-day of sun. Swallowtail butterflies love this plant and you will notice caterpillars everywhere. The caterpillars will eat the foliage of the plant so take them off if you want to use the fresh leaves for cooking. Bouquet Dill will do great in your garden or in a container and it will require average amounts of water.

Plant Uses

Bouquet Dill can be used for its fresh foliage and for the seeds. The fresh foliage is great on potatoes, seafood, vegetables, butters, cheeses, soups, and lamb chops. The seeds can be gathered and used for pickling. To harvest the fresh foliage, cut the leaves off close to the stem to promote additional growth. Once the plant begins to flower you will no longer be able to use the fresh foliage. Let the flowers seed out and cut the flower stems before the seeds begin to drop. Place the seed pods in a paper bag and let them dry out completely before placing them in a container.

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 a half-day of sun. It grows well in either a container or in your garden. It will produce yellow flowers in the summer and go dormant in the winter. Be careful not to over-water this plant because its roots will begin to rot.

Plant Uses

Dwarf Curry is edible and has a slight curry taste but a strong curry aroma. It is barely detectable in the dish so be generous when using it. You should only use it in cold dishes because it tends to turn bitter when added to hot foods. Try it in chicken salad, cheeses, and cold soups. If you love the way curry smells then this is the plant for you, since it brings that curry smell to your garden or to your home.

Standard Curry

Plant Specifications

Helichrysum Italicum. Full Sun. Height: 16”
The soft fuzzy leaves are a bit bigger than the dwarf curry and a faster growing curry herb.
This curry looks very similar to Spanish Lavender.

In the Garden

This plant grows well in rocky or sandy soil, Great for rock gardens…etc.
Standard Curry prefers is a native of Turkey, prefers it warm and dry and thrives on sunny slopes where it attracts beneficial insects to its unusual flowers.

Plant Uses

Use strictly in cold foods – again this is not the curry spice but an herb, therefore when used with hot foods can turn bitter.

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 and runs tubers out to spread the plant. The leaves can be cut back to the ground to encourage new growth. Leaves are jam pact with lots of nutrients and highly recommended for adding to composts. This plant propagates by root division, spreads rapidly and can become invasive.

Plant Uses

An ancient medicinal herb. While having been used for centuries for medicinal purposes, it has been found that comfrey contains small amounts of alkaloid that can cause liver damage. We at Nature’s Herb Farm do not recommend it for internal use. Still, its one of the best herbs for external healing by crushing the leaves into a “poultice” and applying directly to wounds or insect bites. A dual-use plant, everyone should have one of these in their garden.

Vietnamese Coriander

Plant Specifications

Polygonum odoratum. Sun to Partial Sun. Perennial. Height 12”.
From Southeast Asia and similar to Cilantro, it has pointed, oval leaves that withstands
hot weather and grows well indoors.

In the Garden

Vietnamese Coriander is more like mint than cilantro. It requires a moist, nutrient rich soil in a container or in your garden. It is fast growing and does best with the morning sun and afternoon shade. Cutting the plant back as you use it will promote additional growth. Give this plant plenty of space because it will spread out in a clumps but is not as invasive as mint.

Plant Uses

Vietnamese Coriander is also known as Rau Ram. It is a staple in Vietnamese cooking and is essential when making “laksa” which is a Vietnamese soup. You can also use it in salads, chicken salad, summer rolls, and soups. It is a tender perennial so it will provide you with that coriander flavor year around.