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:
FOUR SEASONS IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HERB GARDEN
Stay on top of seasonal maintenance for a beautiful herb garden year-round.
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
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
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
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.
Seasonal Guide to Herb Gardening. Orange County Herb Society. 1 Jan 2014. Web. 11 Dec. 2014. <http://www.ocherbsoc.org/seasons.html>.