NEW THIS SEASON: A Trio Of Culinary Herb Plants
We offer top quality culinary herb seeds, but not all varieties grow readily from seed, including top pollinator plants. Our solution is to offer a trio of custom-grown starter plants for the most requested varieties, ready to pop into your garden. The set of 3 comes you as well rooted plant starts in 2 1/2 inch pots, ready to pop right into your garden or grow in containers. Each order has complete planting and growing instructions. Grow them to enjoy in the kitchen, as landscape ornamentals and to feed diverse pollinators.
French Tarragon is reliably perennial in US climates; Pineapple Sage and Lemon Verbena are tender perennials that can winter comfortably outside in mild climates; in cold winter areas, they can be handily clipped back, and potted up indoors as aromatic houseplants.
Sorry, we cannot ship live plants to Hawaii, Puerto Rico or Canada.
Culinary Herbs Included In Our Trio
French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus)
One of the foundation seasoning herbs of French cuisine, true tarragon should be enjoyed fresh, as it does not dry well. We offer only true tarragon, not the tasteless seed grown Russian tarragon, a substitute all too frequently sold in its place. At maturity, the 18 inch, branching plants have narrow, shiny green leaves, whose rich and complex taste is an essential flavor that can't be duplicated.
Chicken, fish and eggs are natural pairs with tarragon. Its flavor is wonderful with mushrooms and in potato dishes and salads, and essential in Béarnaise and other creamy sauces. With fresh tarragon, you can easily make your own tarragon vinegar by storing fresh branches in a good wine vinegar. A cooking joy to have in ample amounts fresh from the garden.
Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)
Our selection of this delightful fruit-scented sage starts blooming strongly in midsummer, finishing in full glory throughout late summer and fall with dazzling crimson-red tubular flowers and pretty heart-shaped leaves. Depending on climate, plants grow 3-5 feet tall; grows well in a large pot.
Hummingbirds simply adore pineapple sage blossoms, and crowd around them to feed. But these plants are not only for the birds: the sweet blossoms have a distinctly delicious Hawaiian pineapple aroma and flavor. They make a wonderful iced tea, a great edible accent for cocktails. Add to fruit salads, cream cheese spreads, or make delectable sorbet. Pineapple Sage is a wonderful addition to the garden.
Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
The 3 inch narrow leaves of Lemon Verbena grow in lance-like whorls tipped with tiny pale lavender flowers. Lemon Verbena has the sweetest lemon scent that you can imagine, and is truly one of the most fragrant plants you can grow! Just brush their leaves to release the heavenly perfume that wafts in the garden for pure pleasure. Depending on climate, plants grow 3-5 feet tall; grows well in a large pot. Lemon verbena blooms are highly attractive to a wide range of pollinators.
Air dried Lemon Verbena leaves keep their sweet, aromatic citrus fragrance almost indefinitely. Use them fresh or dried to make the elixir of enticingly lemon-scented herbal hot or iced tea. Put a few leaves in your sugar canister to transfer their delicate aroma; use in baking, or use a few leaves to scent fresh fruit salads. (Especially lovely with honeydew melon!)