4 Reasons to Add Herbs to Your Garden This Year
Out Of The Spice Rack, Into The Garden
Herbs aren’t just for storing in your kitchen pantry; they have their place in your garden too! At Great Garden Plants, we are huge fans of adding herbs to the garden. Whether you harvest them for cooking or not, we’d still enthusiastically choose to grow them! Wondery why? There are four reasons…
1. Thrives In Sunny, Dry Locations
We can’t speak for every gardener, but many of us struggle with having super sunny, very dry locations in our yard that make it hard to grow most things. But with herbs, we’re able to give these areas new life. Herbaceous perennials like lavender actually prefer drier locations over more moist ones, which is often the quickest way to kill it. Lavender has the most flower power in super sunny locations, too, making it a favorite of ours for these areas in our landscape.
2. Deer And Rabbit Resistant
One of our favorite qualities about herbs is their fragrance! And thanks to this quality, deer, and rabbits never touch them. This makes herbs the perfect addition to deer-ridden gardens, and while no plant is 100% deer or rabbit-proof, these furry friends tend to stay away from strongly scented plants.
3. Pollinator Friendly
Did you know planting herbs in your garden can help support your local pollinator population? Pollinators are huge fans of many of the flowers that bloom on herbs. The flowers on most herbs are often overlooked compared to their foliage, or they’re clipped/trimmed off! Consider leaving your flowers alone this year as not only are they usually edible, they also offer a meal for pollinators who will often dine on the pollen and nectar of their flowers.
4. Compatible With Containers
While not all plants are perfect for containers, most herbs are! Meaning they don’t need to take up a lot of space to be enjoyed in your landscape. Fill a container on your sunny back patio for easy access from the kitchen, or plant it somewhere where you’ll enjoy their fragrance!
Our Favorite Perennial Herbs
Whether you’re picking out herbs to eat, for decoration, to support pollinators or all of the above, we have a variety of ornamental and edible herbs that you can add to your garden this season and enjoy. Below we share a few of our favorite herbs that you should consider adding to your garden this year!