Holy Basil Kapoor Tulsi
Ocimum americanum var. pilosum
Unique aroma with mild spicy flavor of Chai tea with hints of chocolate and coffee. Pretty purple flowers make it a nice ornamental as well as a great Basil for teas, culinary and medicinal use.
Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistula)
Also known as Bee Balm or Oswego Tea
Native to North America, these plants were grown from organic, native species seed at Buck Mountain Herbs. This will grow 3-4 ft and bear aromatic lavender blossoms highly attractive to pollinators, especially bees. Bergamot is a great addition to the perennial border, in light, alkaline soil.
Leaves impart a pungent aroma to teas, potpourri, meats and beans. The scent is similar to that of Bergamot Orange (a Mediterranean plant). Oswego Indians made a tea of the flavorful leaves to improve digestion and fight colds. Both leaves and blooms contain thymol-related antibiotic-antiseptic compound. Monarda is the flavor in Earl Gray Tea.
Blessed Thistle (Cnicus Benedictus)
The sprawling habit and unusual yellow flowers make it an interesting plant and will flower until the first hard frost
Blessed Thistle seeds are grown as a medicinal herb. The herb is native to the Mediterranean area and has been used for centuries as a cure-all herb. The Blessed Thistle plant is an attractive annual that is freely branching with toothed leaves that have spines. A really easy plant to grow, it makes a good low border plant or annual ground cover. Height 20-24 inches. Zones 5-9.
In mid-summer, thistle-like yellow flower heads are produced. The entire plant, stem, leaves and flower heads have a light down covering. It’s fairly deer proof due to the prickly/downy leaves. Blessed Thistle will flower until the first hard frost.
Calendula Solar Flashback
A spectacular mix of colors with bicolor petals. Many double petals on long strong stems. Petals have a tangy, slightly sweet flavor. Add to soups, rice dishes, baked goods or teas.
Nepeta faassenil "Blue Wonder"
Hardy and highly aromatic blue violet flowers from May-Sept. Grey green leaves form into a compact spreading clump. Make a beautiful border or accent in the herb garden. Catmint performs best in full sun. Height 12-15 inches. When brushed, the foliage releases an aroma that attracts cats. Deer and drought resistance. Zones 3-8.
Chamomile Matricaria recutita
Dried Chamomile flowers make a gently sedative and decidedly delicious tea that is calming to the stomach and improves digestion. I love the smell of the flowers.
In New England, grow as an annual in full sun and regular garden soil. Although mine do well in part shade. Plant these plants on a cool cloudy day with a good soak and mulch to retain water. Next year, you will be presented with new baby pop-ups in the spring.
Costmary Tanacetum Balsamita
An attractive hardy perennial herb, reaching 4 feet in height and producing pretty, yellow, button-like flowers. The leaves have a balsam-like fragrance.
Costmary was grown extensively for the treatment of burns and insect bites, when a fresh leaf was rubbed on the bite.
History: Costmary was taken to the New World by English colonists who combined it with lavender to scent linens and blankets, as it helps to deter clothes moths.
The dried leaves retain their balsam fragrance for a long time – good for pot pourris. Modern herbalists recommend Costmary to relieve a stuffed up nose by steaming in water, under a towel.
Tanacetum is the Aster Family which includes Feverfew and Tansy. All prefer full sun and dryish, well-drained soils.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
A pretty and practical Herb: Feverfew is great for repelling mosquitoes and other flying biting insects - ideal for planting around outdoor seating areas and pathways.
Feverfew is a good companion plant enhancing the growth of plants around it. Feverfew contains pyrethrin, a natural insect repellent. A weak infusion controls whitefly and spider mites.
Tanacetum parthenium, known as Green Feverfew is actually a species of chrysanthemum that has been grown in herb and medicinal gardens for centuries.
Pretty daisy-like flowers on a mid-sized 20 inch bush make Feverfew a garden favorite. The white petals with yellow centers, accent the green serrated citrus scented leaves of this short-lived, bushy perennial (to -5F); often grown as an annual or biennial in sun and a well-drained soil bed.
A Mexican Cilantro Alternative
Papalo is used in Indian dishes such as Raita, a chilled yogurt sauce made with cucumbers and flavored with Dill, Cilantro or Parsley. Papalo also pairs well with lemon and citrus, and, with cumin and coriander; used in Thai cuisine…
A pretty Annual that grow 6-7 ft by July! I love the waxy, scalloped leaves and how they move in the wind. Regular garden soil and mostly sunny is best.
Make a Salsa:
Mix onions and chilies in a bowl.
Add lime juice, salt, chopped Papalo leaves.
Add the tomatoes just before serving.