Landscaping with Herbs by James Adams

By James Adams

Even if the focal point is on herbs as ornamentals in various backyard settings, from formal to wild, this is often an encyclopedia of herbs, together with greater than six hundred species and cultivars. It deals details on cultivation, folklore and historical past, and culinary makes use of

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Loss of volatiles still occurs but at a reduced rate. Storage is limited to 68 months. html[07/06/2010 12:12:25] page_28 < previous page page_28 next page > Page 28 Table 4 Methods of Preserving Herbs only to those who enjoy a refreshing cup of herb tea. Make your herb blends for teas before freezing. Go so far as to put the materials in tea bags (which provide extra protection). Herbs that must be preserved this way to yield a true off-the-plant flavor and fragrance are German Camomile, Catnip, Fennel, Sweet Cicely, Anise, Lemon Verbena, Mint, Anise Hyssop, Calamint, Chervil, Lemon Balm and Pineapple Sage.

Like petal colors, flower odors attract pollinatorsmoths, flies, butterflies, wasps and many birds. On the other hand, fragrant foliages act as cautionary signs to animals indicating that this plant is not to be nibbled. Quite often these foliages have a disagreeable taste reinforcing the signal to browsers and grazers. Two such chemicals that have ulterior motives are camphor, produced by some of the Artemisias, and methylepijasmonate, the major scent-producing chemical in the flowers of Jasmine.

Layer of sand where it is to grow. 'Doone Valley' is best described as a harlequin Thyme because of its uncertain origin, fleeting lemon scent, splashy colors (glossy, dark green leaves with some branch tips dipped in gold), its summer cloak of rose-purple so thick the plant is barely visible, and the shedding of its golden variegation in the summer. This prostrate mat is temperamental about soils, particularly damp ones, so during winter a layer of sand will help see it through. 'Mayfair' closely resembles 'Doone Valley' but has more widespread variegation that does not vanish in summer.

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