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USEFUL EVERGREEN HERBS FOR YOUR BALCONY : IMAGINE THAT CHICKEN ROASTING IN WINTER


Some evergreen herbs in the border will stop your herb garden looking barren in the winter. Here is a list of some of the most useful and ornamental herbs -  the instructions for growing can be found at this link Growing Herbs

Bay This is evergreen, but can be tender, so if it's in a pot, you will need to move it somewhere sheltered during the harshest winter.

Juniper is a small, graceful shrub. In sheltered conditions, it can grow into quite a large bush. You need male and female plants as only the female produce the berries which take 2 to 3 years to ripen. There are many varieties and if you buy one, make sure you get Juniperus communis as this is the only variety suitable for culinary or medicinal use.

Lavender as if the wonderful flowers and fragrance in the summer weren't enough, lavender is also an evergreen. The leaves can vary from green through to a silvery colour. It needs a trim though before the bad weather sets in.

Rosemary A delighfully aromatic evergreen herb although it can benefit from protection in harsh winters. Cover the root area with leaf mould and if really bad weather is forecast, then cover with fleece. 

Sage The sage can die after a few years, for no apparent reason. However, it is easy to root from cuttings and if you always have a couple in reserve, you need never be without this evergreen. It has lovely mellow green leaves.

Thyme A smaller herb, but nevertheless, it doesn't lose its leaves over the winter. This can be a creeping plant.

If you have some of these in your herb garden, you won't be without interest in the depths of winter.  

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