Put down roots with herbs

A patch of herbs not only adds interest to your garden and your dinner table – it can increase the value of your property.

According to the Chas Everitt International newsletter Property Signposts, studies have shown that well-kept gardens can increase property values by about 10% and that a herb garden is a good choice in situations where space is limited, such as townhouse gardens.

Similarly, a dull corner in a large garden can be profitably transformed into an aromatic patch, and a trend that is gaining popularity is to plant herbs among other plants in garden beds and borders instead of a dedicated herb garden.

Many herbs, such as the sage family, have attractive flowers, and herbs with grey foliage can be used with good effect to create colour contrast. An added bonus with this approach is that some herbs will deter harmful pests and attract beneficial insects.

Herbs are easy to grow provided they get plenty of sunlight and are planted in soil that drains well. Most herbs can also be grown in containers and a collection will add interest to a sunny patio and supply a keen cook with a ready supply of fresh material.

If you are in the market for culinary herbs, consider starting with basic herbs that make up the classic bouquet garni, namely parsley, thyme and bay leaf. A bay tree will do well in a large pot and can be clipped to keep it compact. Other favourites include perennials such sage, oregano and rosemary, and annuals such as basil and the peppery watercress.

Popular fragrant herbs include pineapple sage, lemon verbena and the mint family, all of which will spice up summer drinks, while lavender arguably retains top spot as the all-time favourite.

Article by: www.chaseveritt.com