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Herbs: From Landscape to Kitchen

Looking for some variety in your landscape? Consider herbs. Aside from their culinary use, herbs have many medicinal and nutritional benefits.

Herbs are versatile, practical, and wonderfully fragrant plants — think Spanish lavender and Mexican mint marigold — that add ornamental interest to your landscape.

Basil, for instance, has numerous varieties with different leaf colors and textures. Some herbs boast beautiful blossoms, adding an unexpected punch of color. Others, like rosemaryhave become a go-to plant for landscapers who use them as shrubbery because they’re evergreen, fragrant and drought-tolerant.

When choosing herbs for your landscape, keep the following plant requirements/characteristics in mind:

  • Light exposure – Oregano or thyme require full sun, whereas mint and lemon balm do better in partial shade.
  • Productive season – Know when herbs are at their peak; rosemary thrives year-round while cilantro is at its best from November to March.
  • Herb care – Pruning, pinching, deadheading, and keeping soil moisture consistent helps ensure healthy plant production.
Juan Soulas
Juan Soulas
Juan Soulas is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System. Since joining SAWS in 2007 his duties have focused on residential water use. He works with his Conservation colleagues to help customers find ways to reduce outdoor usage without compromising the health and aesthetic quality of their landscapes. Juan also coordinates engaging outreach efforts with SAWS’ conservation partners -- Bexar County Master Gardeners, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden and Mitchell Lake Audubon Center – to increase community access to vital conservation information.
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