Explaining why people should use herbs in their gardens and the benefits. Also my floral photography, description,harvesting and uses for long term herbs that will last from year to year. All images are by author.
Herbs should have a place in every garden no matter what size garden.They are versatile plants that add appeal to just about any type of garden with their attractive foliage, fragrance and flowers, but more importantly, herbs have more benefits than just they way they look in a garden, in fact more so then any other type of plant.
They are used for culinary purposes, making dishes that much nicer with both taste and presentation and if that is not enough, they contain powerful antioxidants in which our bodies need in order to eliminate free radicals that destroy cells causing a great number of bad things to happen such as premature aging, heart disease and cancer, so by eating herbs you are helping yourself to fight those very diseases.
They have also gained a widespread popularity as a natural approach to physical ailments, such as high cholesterol, digestive disorders, arthritis, immune system boosters, energizers and so on. Herbs are the basis for many conventional medicines that have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years and even some prescription medicines today contain them.
So now that you have read the reasons as to why herbs should be in your garden, I have created a list of long term herbs, herbs that last from year to year without having to replace them, thereby; saving you from having to take money out of your pockets every year. I hope this list will be of use to you my fellow gardeners. Enjoy.
Long Term Herbs
- Description:Hardy perennial. Height and spread 30 cm.
- The purple globe shaped flowers are composed of bulbils and flower all summer. Leaves are green,cylindrical, and hollow, and have a mild aroma and flavor similar to the onion.
- Harvesting:Cut fresh leaves during the growing season. Divide flower heads into individual bulbils
- Uses: Both leaves and flower heads can be used in Salads, soups and dishes and are an excellent culinary herb. The leaves stimulate the appetite and aid digestion. They are also mildly antiseptic.
- Description:Hardy herbaceous perennial. Height 4-7. feet Spread 18 in.
- Large flat umbrels of small yellow flowers appear in the summer followed by aromatic seeds. The feathery, thread like foliage is a soft bronze or green in color.
- Harvesting:Pick leaves to use in summer prior to flowering. Pick flowers to use fresh as they open. Harvest seeds just as they change color from green to brown, dry well.
- Uses:The seeds have the best medicinal properties. An infusion of seeds eases flatulence and colois in young children and prevents heartburn and indigestion in adults. A mild infusion can be used as an eye wash.
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