New in the Nursery: Herbs
Offering a host of benefits that go beyond the kitchen, our newest assortment of potted herbs is enlivening the greenhouse with alluring fragrances and fresh colors. Below, learn more about our favorite arrivals.
Aristotle Basil: Aristotle Basil hails from Greece, presenting itself in a naturally mounded shape that makes it ideal for container planting. Requiring plenty of sunlight and well-drained soil, this variety of basil is considered a “dwarf” because it doesn’t grow into long stalks that require frequent pruning. The tips remain especially tender and flavorful– perfect for pesto.
Silver Thyme: Bordered by a delicate line of silver-white, Thymus argenteus, or Silver Thyme, is eye-catching and ideal for use in the kitchen, since its leaves remain small throughout its growth cycle. Thriving in compact pots, it gives off a scintillating, citrusy aroma. Keep your drought-tolerant thyme in full sun and enjoy its lavender-hued blossoms in mid-summer.
Sage: Whether fresh, dried, or powdered, sage is mainstay in the kitchen as well as the medicine cabinet. Once used as a cure-all for common ailments, its powers as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant are just two of its claims to fame, helping to relieve rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and atherosclerosis. It is also believed to improve brain function. Use sage to add sweet and savory notes to your next meal, being mindful to grow it in well-drained soil and moderate sunlight.
Columnar Basil: Unlike most basils, Columnar Basil is considered a perennial. Non-flowering, this variety grows in tall stalks that won’t develop a “woody” taste, maintaining a natural, robust flavor. While Columnar Basil cannot survive outdoors in cold climates, it does exceptionally well when grown indoors with plenty of sunlight, keeping Caprese salads on the menu all winter long.
English Lavender: There are few scents more heavenly than English Lavender, but it’s not just the calming aroma and bold color that make us adore this herb so much – it also offers countless health benefits. Lavender can be used as an essential oil for relaxation and massage, and is commonly found in cosmetics and skincare products. It's also a proven antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant, used for centuries to treat everything from the common cold to migraine headaches. Drought resistant, English Lavender thrives in containers or when planted outdoors, where it prefers full sunlight and dry, sandy soil.
Citrus Thyme: With a heady, lemony fragrance, Citrus Thyme lends itself to cooking with fish, eggs, or vegetables. It proves a handy herbal remedy for asthma, also acting as an antiseptic and deodorizer. Citrus Thyme prefers partial sun with occasional shade, and can be potted indoors or grown as ground cover in the garden.
Throughout the season, our plant team highlights their freshest additions to the garden with New in the Nursery. Check in at your local store to take home these newly-arrived greens.
1. Aristotle Basil; 2. Silver Thyme, Sage; 3. Columnar Basil; 4. English Lavender, Citrus Thyme