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Photo unavailable LAVANDULA x intermedia 'Dilly Dilly'
Lavandin, Hedge Lavender

Shrub: Evergreen. Tolerant of drought, coast, deer, gophers and fire. Good border, container, potpourii and cut flower plant. Fragrant silver-gray foliage with large, extremely fragrant violet-blue flower spikes. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Bloom time: summer. Foliage height: 12 inches. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate/dry. USDA Z5-9.

Photo unavailable LAVANDULA x intermedia 'Hidcote Giant'
Giant Hidcote Lavender

Shrub: Evergreen. Tolerant of drought, coast, deer, gophers & fire. Good border, pot & cut flower plant. Flowers can be used in cooking and potpourii. Attracts bees, butterflies & hummingbirds. Blooms: summer. Larger in growth than L. ang. 'Hidcote'. An excellent form with deep purple flowers. Ht: 24-30". Exposure: sun. Water: dry. USDA Z4.

LAVANDULA x intermedia 'Phenomenal', Lavender LAVANDULA x intermedia 'Phenomenal'
Lavender

Shrub: Evergreen. Tolerant of drought, coast, deer, gophers & fire. Good border, container & cut flower plant. Flowers can be used in cooking & potpourii. Elegant, rounded habit. Attracts bees, butterflies & hummingbirds. One of the hardiest lavenders, has exceptional winter survival, doesn't have winter die back like Munstead & Hidcote. Blm time: summer. Blm color: purple blue. Height: 3'. Spread:3'. Exp:sun. Water: dry. USDA Z4. PPAF

Photo unavailable LAVANDULA x intermedia 'Provence'
Lavandin, Hedge Lavender

Shrub: Evergreen. Tolerant of drought, coast, deer, gophers and fire. Good border, container, potpourii and cut flower plant. Has fragrant blooms & foliage. Oil is harvested for perfume. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. Bloom time: summer. Bloom color: lavender blue. Height: 3 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: dry. USDA Z5.

Photo unavailable LAVANDULA x intermedia 'Sensational' (='Tesseract')
Lavender

Shrub: Evergreen. Tolerant of drought, coast, deer, gophers and fire. An improved variety that is a sport of 'Phenomenal' with large flower spikes, compact habit, thick stems, and silver foliage. Good border, container and cut flower plant. Flowers can be used in cooking and potpourri. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Bloom time: summer. Bloom color: purple blue. Height: 18 inches. Width: 24 inches. Exposure: sun. Water: dry. USDA Z5. PP #31,786

MENTHA requienii (Corsican Mint), Corsican Mint MENTHA requienii (Corsican Mint)
Corsican Mint

Perennial Herb: Great between stepping stones. Forms a dense carpet. Can take foot traffic. Releases a very fresh cleansing aroma when brushed against. This diminutive mint has long been used as flavoring for crème de menthe liqueur. Bloom time: summer. Bloom color: lavender. Height: less then an inch. Spread: indefinite (but not invasive). Exposure: sun-part shade: Water: moderate-moist. USDA Z7.

MENTHA spicata 'Kentucky Colonel', Spearmint MENTHA spicata 'Kentucky Colonel'
Spearmint

Perennial Herb: Official herb in the Kentucky Derby's mint julep drink, which is where name originated. Superior foliage to the species, ovate to lanceolate dk grn lvs up to 3" long. Lvs have a characteristic spearmint flavor & taste. Use as a flavoring or garnish, in teas, baths, as room deoderizer or as a mouth freshener! Fairly drought tolerant. Bloom color: lilac/lav., pk to wht. Ht.: 24-36". Exp.: sun/part shade. Water: mod. USDA Z5.

Photo unavailable MENTHA spicata 'Strawberry'
Strawberry Mint

Perennial Herb: An unusual mint with a fragrance resembling strawberry candy. Compact, bears small, mid-green leaves with a mild, fruity flavor. Lovely in fruit salads, makes a nice tea & the flowers themselves are edible. Excellent with chocolate. Fairly drought tolerant. Bee's love it!!! Attracts butterflies. Bloom color: pale lavender. Height: 10-12"'. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z4.

Photo unavailable MENTHA spicata (Spearmint)
Spearmint

Perennial Herb: Deer resistant. Wonderfully aromatic. Very versatile mint! Use as a flavoring or garnish, in teas, baths, as room deoderizer or as a mouth freshener! Best kept in containers to avoid spreading vigorously. Fairly drought tolerant. Attracts bees & butterflies. Bloom time: summer. Bloom color: lavender-pink. Height: 1.5-2'. Width: 4'. Exposure: sun/part shade. Water: moderate. USDA Z4.

MENTHA suaveolens (Apple Mint), Apple Mint MENTHA suaveolens (Apple Mint)
Apple Mint

Perennial Herb: Apple Mint is both less invasive than other mint plants & has a sweeter flavor. Wonderful fruity scent, an apple-menthol fragrance that is delightful. Very versatile! Use as a flavoring or garnish, in teas, jellies, baths, as room deoderizer or as a mouth freshener. Fairly drought tolerant. Attracts bees & butterflies. Blm time: spring-summer. Blm color: white or pale pink. Height: 24". Width: 24". Exp.: sun/pt shade. Water: mod. USDA Z5.

Photo unavailable MENTHA x piperita 'After Eight'
Peppermint

Perennial Herb: Easy going with a splendid chocolate-mint flavor. Grows with very little effort but will add a very unique surprising taste to your after eight tea cup. Combines well with everything chocolate: ice-cream, cakes, cookies, icing, mousse, puddings, hot chocolate or coat the leaves in melted chocolate. Attracts butterflies & bees. Blm time: summer. Blm color: white. Ht: 18-24". Exp: sun/part shade. Water: mod. USDA Z6.

Photo unavailable MENTHA x piperita 'Chocolate'
Chocolate Peppermint

Perennial Herb: Deer resistant. Refreshing, chocolate/peppermint patty aroma. A fantastic mint for desserts, garnishes & making teas. Its subtle chocolaty tones paired w/the sharp hints of peppermint make this a delicious variety when blended w/Kentucky Colonel or Orange Mint. Good in containers or hanging baskets. Fairly drought tolerant. Blm time: spring-summer. Blm color: white or pale lavender. Ht: 24". Width: 24". Exp.: sun/pt shade. Water: mod. USDA Z4.

Photo unavailable MENTHA x piperita 'Orange'
Orange Bergamot Mint

Perennial Herb: Deer resistant. Purple-edged, dark green leaves. A delicious mint perfect for summer drinks and fruit salads. The citrus flavor is a bright alternative to regular mints and works well in salads, with fruits, in fish & poultry dishes or as a tea. Excellent hanging basket plant. Fairly drought tolerant. Bloom time: spring-summer. Bloom color: lavender. Height: 24". Width: 24'. Exp.: sun/part shade. Water: mod. USDA Z4.

MICROMERIA fruticosa, White Savory, Wild Hyssop MICROMERIA fruticosa
White Savory, Wild Hyssop

Perennial Herb: Evergreen. Drought tolerant. Native to Israel & the eastern Mediterranean. Used in the Middle East to treat various inflammatory conditions. Steep to make a minty tea. Contains pulegone, which should not be taken by pregnant women or those trying to conceive. Good container, border or rock garden plant. Aromatic. Blm time: summer-fall. Blm color: white. Size: 24" x 24". Exp: sun. Water: mod.

Photo unavailable OCIMUM kilimandscharicum 'African Blue' (Basil)

Annual or Short Lived Perennial: A sterile hybrid that blooms but does not produce seed. Stems streaked with maroon and small leaves with maroon veins and streaks on the reverse. Pinkish-lavender blooms. Great for pots & borders. Height 2-3'. Exposure: sun. Water: mod/regular USDA Z9.

Photo unavailable OREGANO 'Wild Zaatar' (syn. 'Wild Za'atar')
Syrian or Lebanese Oregano, Bible or Holy Hyssop

Subshrub: An Heirloom culinary & medicinal herb. Native to Israel where it grows wild in Jordan & surrounding areas. Great flavor w/blends of oregano, thyme & marjoram & has a strong, spicy flavor. Add to veggie & meat dishes, hummus, flatbreads & soups. Can use fresh, dried & in infusions. For best flavor, harvest before small white flowers appear. Ht: 6-8". USDA Z9. Sun/pt shade. Water: mod./dry. ORIGANUM syriaca 'Wild Zaatar' (syn. 'Wild Za'atar')

Photo unavailable OREGANO 'Wild Zaatar' (syn. 'Wild Za'atar')
Syrian or Lebanese Oregano, Bible or Holy Hyssop

Subshrub: An Heirloom culinary & medicinal herb. Native to Israel where it grows wild in Jordan & surrounding areas. Great flavor w/blends of oregano, thyme & marjoram & has a strong, spicy flavor. Add to veggie & meat dishes, hummus, flatbreads & soups. Can use fresh, dried & in infusions. For best flavor, harvest before small white flowers appear. Ht: 6-8". USDA Z9. Sun/pt shade. Water: mod./dry. ORIGANUM syriaca 'Wild Zaatar' (syn. 'Wild Za'atar')

Photo unavailable ORIGANUM heracleoticum (Greek Oregano)
Greek Oregano, Winter Oregano

Perennial Herb: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Culinary herb that has a stronger flavor than others-adds spice. Use fresh or dried for seasoning. Doesn't grow 'true' from seed. Attracts bees, butterflies and insects. Good cut flower. Bloom color: white. Height: 1-2 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. Hardy.

Photo unavailable ORIGANUM heracleoticum (Greek Oregano)
Greek Oregano, Winter Oregano

Perennial Herb: Drought tolerant. Deer resistant. Culinary herb that has a stronger flavor than others-adds spice. Use fresh or dried for seasoning. Doesn't grow 'true' from seed. Attracts bees, butterflies and insects. Good cut flower. Bloom color: white. Height: 1-2 feet. Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. Hardy.

Photo unavailable ORIGANUM vulgare 'Aureum Prostratum'
Golden Creeping Marjoram, Golden Oregano

Perennial Herb: Drought & deer tolerant. Ornamental use: ground cover or in pots. Culinary use: meats, salads & vinegars. Attracts bees, butterflies & insects. Blooms: summer-fall. Color: mauve. Grows: to 6" with a spreading habit. Sun/part shade. Foliage burns in hot sun. Water: moderate. Black spots on foliage means it is too wet. USDA Z5-9.

Photo unavailable ORIGANUM vulgare 'Aureum Prostratum'
Golden Creeping Marjoram, Golden Oregano

Perennial Herb: Drought & deer tolerant. Ornamental use: ground cover or in pots. Culinary use: meats, salads & vinegars. Attracts bees, butterflies & insects. Blooms: summer-fall. Color: mauve. Grows: to 6" with a spreading habit. Sun/part shade. Foliage burns in hot sun. Water: moderate. Black spots on foliage means it is too wet. USDA Z5-9.

Photo unavailable ORIGANUM vulgare 'White Anniversary'
Ornamental Oregano

Perennial Herb: Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Has nice variegated creamy yellow foliage. Good ground cover, container, cut flower and edging plant. Can also use the leaves as a culinary seasoning, fresh or dried. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: summer-fall. Color: pale mauve. Size: 5" x 18". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z5.

ORIGANUM vulgare 'White Anniversary', Ornamental Oregano ORIGANUM vulgare 'White Anniversary'
Ornamental Oregano

Perennial Herb: Deer resistant. Drought tolerant. Has nice variegated creamy yellow foliage. Good ground cover, container, cut flower and edging plant. Can also use the leaves as a culinary seasoning, fresh or dried. Attracts butterflies. Blooms: summer-fall. Color: pale mauve. Size: 5" x 18". Exposure: sun. Water: moderate. USDA Z5.

Photo unavailable POLYGONUM odoratum (Vietnamese Coriander)

Also Called 'Ngo Gai'. Fast growing. Famous for its cilantro-like taste. Use fresh like Lettuce. Excellent for many South Asian dishes. Likes heat.

Photo unavailable ROSMARINUS officinalis 'Arp'
Rosemary

Evergreen shrub: Tolerates drought, coast, deer, fire, clay & gophers. Named after a small town in Texas, this variety is more cold hardy than most or perhaps the hardiest. Stiff, upright habit. Culinary use-fresh or dried as a seasoning. Great flavor. Ornamental use-hedges, borders, standards & topiary. Attracts bees. Blooms: spring-summer. Bloom color: pale blue. Size: 3-4' x 3-4'. Exposure: sun. Water: mod./dry. USDA Z6. (new name SALVIA rosmarinus 'Arp')

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