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.
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (updated 2021)
Leaf IV: Satisfaction (scented Pelargoniums)