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Hardy herbs

Thyme is a wonderfully forgiving herb. It tolerates neglect, drought, being stepped on, mowed, hard pinching, no pinching, no fertilizer, you name it. Thyme can be placed in locations that you often forget to tend to. It also does well if left to creep along a pathway, finding ​a hold in between pavers.

Chives can be used in the garden landscape as well. They are a clumping herb, meaning they will grow large plants, but not pop up in unexpected areas. The plants just have a larger footprint each year, and you divide them every 3 years. Easy!
For most gardeners, however, the opposite issue is of concern. Forgetting your herb garden usually means the herbs dry out. Sage won’t be bothered by this at all.

The very thing that annoys one gardener about mint is just what makes it top-of-the-list for a hardy herb garden. Mint is hard to control and hard to eradicate from unwanted spaces. When you plant it in an out-of-the-way place, it can go crazy without dying back from neglect. Often, it seems that mint thrives on a little bit of abuse.
Allow it to get some water when it starts to look crispy, and it will come back from near death even. If it doesn’t get pinched back, mint will get a bit leggy (grow long stems with a puff of leaves on the ends of the stems, as the leaves fight for the most sun), but this may be acceptable if you are not growing it to impress anyone.
Even if you are pretty good at keeping your herbs alive, we all have places that are difficult to tend to, for example high up or out-of-the-way locations that you forget to fuss over. These herbs can be planted in less-than-optimal locations and stand some neglect.
You can grow lemon balm all season and cut it back only if it starts to bloom or if you are ready to take apart the garden for the year. This makes it easy to have lush areas of herbs in places that get forgotten. Lemon balm is a rewarding herb for the beginner to grow.
Thyme is so hardy, it can be tucked into crevasses of rock walls and anywhere that the roots can manage to take hold. Really, you would have to work to kill thyme.

Sage is a wonderful herb for the less-than-confident gardener. It grows fuzzy, soft leaves and tolerates less-than-optimal care. The only concern would be planting your sage where it gets too much water all the time. It is prone to root rot if left to sit in wet for long lengths of time.

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Hardy herbs

This herb is evergreen so it can be harvested to enhance home cooking all year round. Rosemary grows best in dry, stony soil that drains well and it prefers full sun. To keep the plant bushy, trim the tips of the shoots regularly, rather than cutting back whole stems.

Hardy, perennial herbs can cope with the cold spring nights. If you grow herbs now, they will keep coming back year after year, offering tremendous value, especially if space in the garden is limited. Having fresh herbs in the garden will also add some tasty home-grown flavouring to a barbeque in summer.
This is a herb that oddly can grow out of control but can also be tricky to establish. To avoid the roots spreading and taking over the garden, grow it in a pot of multi-purpose compost mixed with equal parts topsoil or soil-based compost. This will help it retain moisture because mint needs to be kept moist at all times. It will also tolerate partial shade.

The easiest thyme to grow is common thyme (Thymus vulgaris), which forms an attractive bushy shape, rather than hugging the ground like creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum). Try to avoid clipping it in spring otherwise you will miss the blossom which is loved by bees. A little thyme goes a long way in the kitchen so you won’t have to butcher your plant for the kitchen!
How to grow herbs: Shutterstock
How to grow herbs: Shutterstock
These herbs can make substantial shrubby plants in the garden, provided that the soil drains well. It may struggle to survive winter if the soil is very heavy. The leaf can look shrivelled after cold nights but the plant will bounce back in spring. Snip off shoots at the top of the plant to encourage the plant to make a bushy shape.
One of the prettiest herbs to grow, lavender is a superb natural air freshener and you can also use it to flavour sugar too. The hardiest lavenders are Lavandula angustifolia and Lavandula x intermedia. Ask at the nursery or garden centre if you aren’t sure if the lavender they are selling is hardy. Grow in a sunny place in soil that drains very well and never trim them back into the woody part of a stem because they may not grow back.

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If you want to grow herbs these hardy herbs can cope with the cold spring nights and will keep coming back year after year, offering tremendous value