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Seasonal Herb Planting Guide

Seasonal Herb Planting Guide

Herbs are a low-maintenance way to add luxury- not to mention flavor and beauty- to any garden.

Here are some So Cal specific suggestions to care for your herb garden all year round.

Herbs are a luxurious, low-maintenance aspect to any garden. They provide beautiful scents and scenery, food and medicine, and attract pollinators and beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies.

ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS

Combine annuals and perennials to create a more diverse and robust ecosystem. Below are some of our favorites:

ANNUALS PERENNIALS
basil catmint tarragon
borage chives thyme
cilantro fennel rosemary
cumin lavender sage
dill lemon balm
summer savory mint
parsley oregano
FOUR SEASONS IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HERB GARDEN

Stay on top of seasonal maintenance for a beautiful herb garden year-round.

 

  • Fall
    Begin planting cool/ moist season herbs before the soil cools off
    Pinch back flowers on basil and harvest
    Trim woody herbs, like lavender, mint, oregano, and thyme, rosemary and sage
    Water thoroughly – be sure to give your herbs extra water during warm Santa Ana winds

 

  • Winter
    Divide perennial clumps such as mint, lemon balm, lemon grass, and oregano
    Prune back dead or damaged foliage and remove weeds before they go to seed
    Control snails now before they multiply in the spring

 

  • Spring
    Plant perennials and warm season annuals while there is a good supply at nurseries
    Start herbs from seed as early as March
    Trim new growth from woody herbs – these contain more essential oils and are ideal for cooking or making tinctures
    Cut down most herbs

 

  • Summer
    Plant perennial herbs and water well
    Pinch back basil flowers to encourage more foliage and maintain the best flavor

 

WARM / DRY SEASON HERBS

These warm-loving herbs thrive with little or no maintenance. Include your mediterranean herbs like basil, and those with woody stems such as rosemary, lavender, thyme, and oregano.

COOL / MOIST SEASON HERBS

These tender herbs like the shady parts of your garden and need regular water: arugula, chervil, cilantro, chives, parsley, salad burnet, and sorrel.

ADAPTED FROM

Seasonal Guide to Herb Gardening. Orange County Herb Society. 1 Jan 2014. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www.ocherbsoc.org/seasons.html>.