Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

December, 2009
Regional Report

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Growing Herbs
Growing Herbs is a very helpful primer on herb growing from Alabama Extension. Includes tips on growing herbs, propagating herbs and a helpful chart featuring many great herbs to grow.

Favorite or New Plant

Mexican Mint Marigold
Equally at home in the herb garden and perennial flower border, Mexican mint marigold, a.k.a. Texas tarragon (Tagetes lucida), does double duty as a culinary herb and beautiful fall-flowering plant. It's a dependable perennial returning each year to form a mounded plant 2 to 3 feet in height. In fall the plant is covered with a multitude of small yellow, single 1/2 inch blooms. Plant it in a well-drained soil with full sun for best results. The leaves have a distinctive, pleasing, anise-like scent (similar to those black jelly beans!). They are used in herbal teas and as a substitute for tarragon in herbal vinegars, salad dressings, and sauces.


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