There is nothing I love more than something that is both beautiful and functional! It’s like grandma’s quilts or glass jars filled with goodies! They are so pretty to look at, and you get to use them too!
There are so many herbs that grow well and taste so good when you use them in the meals you prepare. Three favorites in my landscape are Rosemary, Mint and Basil!
Rosemary is such a handsome plant. Dark green and lots of texture, and bonus it lasts year round! I love planting it near entrances to my home because when the wind blows, the fragrance is amazing!
It is great in chicken dishes and meat rubs and also as a garnish. There is no better smell than simmering it in water over the stove. Instant potpourri!
Every once in a while it will bloom with small flowers, but only in full sun. Rosemary is pretty finicky, but as long as its not in complete shade or wet soil, it’s an awesome choice for your landscape.
Another one of my favorites is Mint. It’s an amazing ground cover that comes back year after year. And the best part is that there are SO many varieties.
Peppermint and Spearmint are the most common, but I went in to my local nursery the other day and they had a chocolate mint. Hello Chocolate!!? I haven’t tried it, but I am definitely flirting with the idea!
Mint can be used in anything! From salads to rice to chicken to drinks, Mint will add so much to the most unassuming dish.
Mint loves full sun but will tolerate a little shade as well. I love planting it in containers and watching it spill over the edges.
Basil has got to be my favorite herb! I love the smell. I love the large soft green leaves and small white flowers. I love to cut bouquets of it and keep it in my kitchen window for when I need it.
It’s perfect on a pizza for my leftover night, makes homemade pesto unbelievable, but one of my favorite recipes is the Lucy Basilia Cocktail (provided by Serious Eats) from nearby Lucy’s Fried Chicken in Austin, TX. It’s not too sweet and oh so aromatic! Can you tell I just love it?!
Basil loves full sun but will also endure partial shade. It comes on in early spring and will last until first frost–which in Texas is practically February to December :). My favorite part about this plant is that if you have it in a pot and forget to water it, it starts to wilt over and look so sad, but then you water it, and BOOM! it’s perfect again. We all need plants like that!!
Rosemary, Mint, and Basil are three aromatic herbs that I have had the most luck with in my landscapes. What have you had the best luck with? For my three favorite recipes with Rosemary, Mint and Basil send me your email below and I will send them straight to your Inbox!