If you consider yourself to be an at home Masterchef, you will want to include edibles in your landscaping design. Herbs work well when contained in one area, and a retaining wall is a great option. What you plant may be dependent on the environment and location, but with some attention you will be adding your fresh ingredients to your recipes in no time. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are 4 herbs every cook should have in their garden:
Mint is relatively easy to grow, it does like some sunshine but you will rarely have any pests to contend with. You will need to be careful during the summer months as your mint will need to stay hydrated. The best way to plant this is with cuttings, as it can be difficult to start from seed. This is a plant which can quickly grow out of control and we recommend keeping it contained in an oversized pot.
Cooking with Mint:
- Add to your summer salads
- Use in water for a refreshing twist
- Combine with basil for a delicious pesto
- As a key ingredient in Thai cooking
Rosemary is known for its beautiful burst of purple, so not only is it a must have cooking ingredient but it will be a feature in your garden. Rosemary prefers hot weather and will stay evergreen all year round. Plant this in your retaining walls or in pots and you will be rewarded. While it does like water, it doesn’t like to be drenched so light watering will see it thrive.
Cooking with Rosemary:
- Pair with lamb roast
- Serve with roast potatoes
- Flavour your olive oil
- Use in marinades
- Add to the top of your homemade bread
There are over 100 varieties of basil, and you can start with just one or choose a few different types. Basil will grow well when you have good quality soil, and it likes a sunny location. You need to be careful of caterpillars and snails as these little critters will be attracted to this delicious herb. Basil will thrive when the ground is damp, and it will benefit from a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
Cooking with Basil:
- Add it to your pizza topping
- Make basil tea to treat nausea
- Pair with tomato based pastas
- Create pesto as a base for a variety of dishes
Parsley is more flavourful when picked fresh, and is one of the most popular garnishes. Your parsley will require a fair amount of sunlight to grow, but it will be quite low maintenance. Give it some compost and regular watering, every second day is ideal, as it prefers damp soil. Plant parsley in your garden bed or in a pot, either option will prosper.
Cooking with Parsley:
- Use in tabouli
- Add parsley to your egg dishes
- Pair with steak
- Put it in salsa
Having fresh herbs on hand will make your cooking even better! Add some extras to your garden such as cherry tomatoes, spring onions, chilli and garlic. When well organised, herbs will smell and look good as part of any landscaping design.