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Fresh Homegrown HerbsHerbs for your Garden

Borage flowers

Swanson’s has one of the best selections of common and unusual culinary herbs in the Seattle area.

Herbs begin to arrive in February with the best selection between May - September. Basil in our area, typically is not set outside until late May/early June after growing conditions have warmed. Basil can be grown indoors in bright light until then.

Some of the more unusual herbs that we carry are Lemon Grass for Thai cooking, Borage for its edible flowers, and Epazote for Mexican dishes. Most of our herbs are available in 4” pots at $3.99 each. Price may differ for rare and hard to find selections.

Herbs in Containers

If you have a sunny deck, patio or entry area it might be the perfect spot to grow herbs. Herbs can be grown successfully in containers and placed in handy proximity to the kitchen or barbeque area for easy use. One thing to keep in mind when growing herbs in containers is that herbs fall into two cultural groups: Drier Mediterranean herbs and Succulent, leafy herbs. Any herb may be potted alone, but when creating a container with a combination of herbs it is necessary to plant herbs with similar needs:

Mediterranean type Herbs – prefer less water and fertilizer. These include: Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram, Sage, Sweet Bay and Lavender.

Succulent, leafy type Herbs – prefer regular water and fertilizer. These include: Basil, Parsley, Chives, Dill, and Chervil. Lettuce or other cool season salad greens can also be added in if desired.

Click here for more information on container Herbs.

Herbs for ornamental and culinary use

The Bartender’s Garden
Impress your dinner quests this spring and summer by mixing your own cocktails at home from freshly grown herbs. Some of the easiest herbs to grow for this purpose are Spearmint, Thyme, Sage and Cilantro. See our Care Sheet entitled The Bartender’s Garden for a few simple ideas.

Aloysia triphylla

Mojito Recipe
1 1/2 Oz. light Rum
Club Soda
12 Mint Leaves
1/2 Lime
2 Tbsp. Simple Syrup or 1 Tbsp. Sugar

Muddle 12 fresh mint leaves and 1/2 a lime.
Cover with 2 Tbsp. of simple syrup or 1 Tbsp. of sugar and top with ice.
Add 1 1/2 oz of light Rum and top with Club Soda.
Stir well and garnish with a lime wedge and sprig of mint.

Dill flowers

Edible Flowers
An attractive way to add tasty garnishs to dishes or salads is to use the wide array of edible flowers that can be grown in the garden. Pansies, Nasturtiums, Bachelor Buttons and Dianthus are easy tasty and fun to use.

Agastache foeniculum

See our list Edible Flowers for more ideas.