I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds herbs decorative as well as useful. Mine are potted so that I can get to them quickly when I want them–so much more useful than running to the backyard–at least for me!
This is a trio of basils–each with its own distinct flavor of course although none is “flavored” as such.
For years I’ve done a different herbal window box–you’ll see that one in a moment. This year I decided I liked it so much I was doing two. This one is my “Drinks & Desserts” box–lavender, a rose scented geranium and black peppermint.
I plant some variation of this box every year–a couple of sages, the rosemary in the middle, and a couple of thymes which I winter over in the garden. The rosemary I’ll winter on the sun porch. Some years I just bring the whole box in for soups, stews and stuffings.
In prior years I’ve had pots of geraniums on this tower. This year I decided we had too much shade & it was generally too wet to do geraniums anymore–so I brought out the begonias. It seems to suit them just fine, but it’s not quite as colorful. Maybe I just need to find more colorful species.
Ths perennial begonia is a favorite of mine even when it’s not in bloom. The leaves always look cool and fresh and the stems and mid-ribs have that great reddish coloring. This is begonia grandis alba, the white form–but honestly, I don’t even care if it blooms!