Herbs have become an important component of most of my planting designs. Not only are they beautiful and tough, but their essential oils help protect whatever is planted near them from grazers. Most herbs can take our summer heat and many Mediterranean herbs, like Rosemary, survive our winters to grow larger and more beautiful year to year.

Some herbs support butterfly larvae, all of them support pollinators in their season, and most can also be used fresh or dry in cooking. Some herbs, like Basil, are personal favorites to use in cut arrangements, too.

Here is a collection of posts made to Forest Garden over the past few years. May you find some fresh inspiration and ideas.

Growing Herbs for the Beauty of It

Growing Herbs (Fabulous Friday)

Herb Garden

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (updated 2021)

Our Forest Garden (Six on Saturday)

Artistry of Herbs

Silver Highlights (Six on Saturday)

Herbs in a Vase

In a Vase on Monday: Good Enough to Eat

Flowers in Bloom (Six on Saturday)

Butterfly Musings

Late Summer Nectar

Home for Some Swallowtails

Wildlife Wednesday: Eastern Black Swallowtail Cats

Wildlife Wednesday: A Feast for Butterflies

Wildlife Friendly Perennials (Six on Saturday)

Each Magical Moment (Fabulous Friday)

Bountiful Basil

Herbs: Scented Geraniums

Fragrant Foliage (Six on Saturday)

Leaf IV: Satisfaction (scented Pelargoniums)

Blossom XXVIII: Fennel

Blossom XXX Garlic Chives

Blossom XXXII Apple Scented Pelargonium

Which Herb Is It? (Comfrey)

Native Monarda punctata

Pineapple Sage in Bloom (Fabulous Friday)

Doing Little Bits