The Herb Garden Cookbook
Looking to add a little zest to your cuisine? If you love to grow herbs, but need some ideas on ways to use them in cooking, look at The Herb Garden Cookbook: The Complete Gardening and Gourmet Guide by Lucinda Hutson (Gulf Publishing Company, 1998; $25). It includes recipes for over 20 favorite herbs for the South. Lucinda brings a wealth of information and her contagious enthusiasm for herbs into this superb reference. Along with all the wonderful recipes are sections on Mexican herbs, Southeast Asian herbs, herb butters, herb vinegars, and special menu suggestions. Lucinda tops off the book with a listing of selected botanical gardens and herb farms across the country and sources of herb seeds and plants. This book is a prize possession for herb gardeners and cooks alike.
Perennials for the Southeast
If you're looking for a great site for on growing and caring for southern perennials, check out Flowering Perennials for Georgia Gardens from the Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. The site is loaded with information on over 100 perennial plants for the landscape, as well as instructions for soil preparation, planting, care, and propagation. It includes a useful quick reference chart listing plant height, bloom color, sun exposure, and bloom season, making planning your flower beds easier.