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5 Best Perennial Herbs for your Garden

What Perennial Herbs Grow Best?


There are many herbs that can be planted once, and left to grow for many years. Here are my top 5 perennial herbs for a long lasting herb garden.

1. Echinacea

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Not only is echinacea useful for healing, it is a beautiful accent for any garden. Echinacea grows in virtually any garden situation. From moist, fertile soil, to dry and arid conditions, echinacea has a variety that will thrive.

2. Sage

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Sage is a wonderfully versatile herb for your garden. It comes in many colorful varieties and growth habits. Try using it as a lovely filler around your other tall garden plants. Sage will grow for many years, returning after even the harshest of winters.

3. Lavender

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Lavender is used for everything from cooking, to healing. Try growing this elegant herb alongside your best flowers. Be sure to plant lavender with growing room, you will be shocked at how large the plants will be year after year. If you have had little luck growing lavender, try finding a specimen that is best suited in your garden zone. There are many. From shades of purple and blue, to white, lavender is truly a wonderful perennial herb.

4. Thyme

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Thyme is one of the herbs that will grow in any garden. It has varieties in both upright and trailing habits. Use thyme as a filler between your stones in a walkway. It offers the lovely scent when stepped on and can handle moderate traffic. Thyme grows well in areas that are too dry and poor for many other plants.

5. Mint

Wild Mint
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Mint is invasive, but an important addition to any hard to cultivate garden. Try to plant your mint in a bucket that is buried, to allow it to remain somewhat contained.Mint is a refreshing, gentle tea herb and a lovely scented plant. Try growing one of the many varieties of mint.
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