|The Only Way to Grow Mint is in a Container!|
|Most of These Mints Will Go Dormant and Come Back in the Spring!|
|Scented Geranium is Another Great Herb to Bring Indoors!|
|This Bay Laurel Must Go Inside!|
|Green Pepper Basil Comes In As Well!|
|'Grey Fringed French' Lavender|
First, I told her to pinpoint where she was located on the USDA Zone Map. I will say this to you as well. Know where you live and how high and low your temperatures go. It is really important. As a gardener I always want to have an herb that I know might not get through the winter, but it is fun to try. I have had hundreds of tender herbs die in my herb garden. There have been many that have succeeded when I thought it couldn't happen. That's the joys and the tragedies of gardening. It can't all be good. Some years it is not pleasant to be in the garden.
So I wrote to my reader that I would not waste my energy putting oregano, chives, lemon balm (If you can kill lemon balm, you should think about having an herb garden at all!), valerian or achillea into pots. Depending on where she is located on the map, they may be perennial in her garden. The only lavenders I would bring inside would be tender perennial ones such as 'Goodwin Creek' or the 'Grey or Green Fringed French' lavenders. We have gotten them through the winter reliably. They may look a bit straggly, but they do make it. Chamomile is an annual herb and again, I would not put it in a pot to winter over.
You can see that we have a 'Green Pepper' basil. Unlikely other basils, this 'Green Pepper' basil seems to be a tender perennial and that's why it survives inside. It looks a little weak by the end of winter, but it bounces right back in the spring. Another group of plants that winters over well are the scented geraniums. I must remember to dig up my 'Lemon Crispum'. Another plant to come inside! I just love to smell their wonderfully scented leaves all winter long! So you have the 411 on lemon verbena. Comes inside, plays dead, just dormant and by February when the days start to be longer, they start resprouting their leaves. Rosemary can be kept in an unheated room or garage. A dry rosemary is a dead one. They just have to be watched very carefully! The bay is very happy in our unfinished basement and is 25 plus years old. As long as you keep it watered, it is happy without very much light. The mints are mostly dormant and you may think you have killed them, but they start sprouting in the early spring.
You must have a lot of windows in the southern or western part of your house or a great artificial light source for herbs to succeed inside in the winter. We bring in only the minimum. Some years the minimum is too much! So I hope this gives you some food for thought. If you are thinking of bringing other choices inside and aren't sure, just ask. We are much cooler. Been busy making nasturtium jelly and actually had a redo yesterday. I'll talk about that in another post soon. Hope you are having a great day. Talk to you later.
|Lemon Verbena and Rosemary are Two More Herbs To Bring Inside!|