Fall is an excellent time to plant perennials- they become established before winter and get the early spring growth boost as soon as possible!
Perennial herbs and flowers are such a wonderful addition to your garden-the plants grow larger year after year, and will make every single meal better. Most herbs also serve as pollinator attractants when they flower and add both beauty and ecological importance to your garden.
All plants have been grown from non GMO seed or cuttings here at the farm using organic and sustainable practices. We use only the highest quality seeds and soil to grow healthy starts. Multiple sizes available depending on variety: 4" pot, 1 quart pot, 2 quart pot.
This is one for the pollinators! Fedco says: “Bushy Midwestern native permeates the air with sweet licorice fragrance. An outstanding insectary plant, its long-blooming nectar-laden purple flowers attract bees and parasitic wasps, butterflies and hummingbirds. Anise-scented foliage and flowers delightful as a tea or culinary seasoning, or filler in mixed bouquets. The tea induces sweating and strengthens the heart, was used also for fevers, colds, and by Native Americans as a cough medicine. Perennial can grow 3' tall, 2' wide. Vigorous self-sower. Not related to anise or hyssop.”
Black Eyed Susan
This native wildflower has travelled from my father's New Hampshire property to all three of our three houses. We love it (as do the groundhogs- so watch out!) and it blooms from late July well into fall.
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
An incredible addition to your cut flower bouquets or perennial flower garden. 2'-3' in height.
This amazing native wildflower plant has tiny white flowers that attract the most diverse species of pollinators that I have seen on one plant. Flowers in late summer and can reach a height of 4-6 feet at maturity.
Coneflower: Purple (aka Echinacea)
Makes an excellent cut flower, attracts loads of pollinators. Long blooming period. Ht: 2-4 feet
One of our favorite flowers here at Daisy Hill Farm! Bright white petals surround a soft yellow center. Ht: 2-4 feet. Daisies are really hardy and will spread in your garden given room!
The first plant to begin growing in the early Spring. Flavor is of mild, sweet onion. All parts of the plant are edible- the tiny bulbs, the green leaves and the beautiful purple flowers. We sprinkle chopped up chives on so many dishes- meat, potato, egg, salad, dips, sauces, stir-fries, etc. One of the easiest plants to grow.
Garlic Chives/ Chinese Leeks
Fedco says: “Grows like chives, 1' tall, but has flat strap-like leaves that taste like garlic and can be used as a garlic substitute in salads and sautéed vegetables." The white flowers are incredible for pollinators and are long lasting in the late summer.
Hyssop Blue Flower
Perfect for feeding bees. Beautiful blue-purple flowers on spikes in mid summer. The pungent leaves may be used to flavor soups, salads and meat dishes. Hyssop honey is deliciously sweet, so if you keep bees, plant Hyssop near your hives.
Mature plant height: 16-18 in. Drought resistant.
Lavender flowers have a soothing aroma. Leaves and flowers are both edible. Use the laves to flavor savory dishes. Said to repel insects and calm the mind. Use fresh or dried
French hybrid Lavender grown for its fragrant dark blue flower spikes and wide gray-green foliage. It is a vigorous grower (can reach 36-48” ht at maturity) and is an outstanding honeybee plant flowering mid-summer, after the English lavender finishes flowering in early summer. One of the most fragrant varieties. Preferred for sachets, lavender wands and culinary use.
Classic English lavender with beautiful, fragrant purple flowers and gray-green foliage. Compact habit (mature height 18-24 in).
Common mint used in teas and mojitos. Grow it in containers or far away from your vegetable plot so that it doesn’t invade.
Mojito Mint leaves are a little bit spicier and zestier, and less-overpowering than regular spearmint. Height: 8-10 in
Purple tinged leaves creeping habit. Pale lavender flowers. We enjoy this one paired with citrus and ice for a refreshing afternoon ice tea in the summer. Dried leaves can be used to brew your own peppermint tea in the winter. Height: 18-24 in
Large mint-anise flavored leaves used in Korean cuisine. Strong, compact plants with beautiful purple spikes smell wonderful and attract pollinators.
Fedco says “The true culinary herb for Greek and Italian cooking. Low-growing perennial with fragrant dull green and purple leaves and white flowers.”
The needle-like savory leaves of rosemary are strong and are often used in meat dishes. Rosemary clippings are said to repel slugs. Arp is the most cold-hardy rosemary (-10F with protection) growing 4’tall and wide after years of growth. The grey-green foliage scent has overtones of lemon and the full-flavor of culinary rosemary.
Rosemary, Hill Hardy
Another winter-hardy rosemary (to 0°F with protection)). Bees love its nectar-rich, light blue springtime flowers. Its fragrant needles are dark green. Can be grown in containers or the garden.
Dusty green soft leaves add a texture component to your perennial garden. Sage survives surprisingly well through the winter. We use the leaves all winter long to make a butter sage pasta sauce, to flavor soups and beef dishes. Lovely purple flower spikes, great for pollinators.
Sage, Golden Variegated
This beautiful yellow and green sage is a great ornamental as well as being a great culinary herb for savory dishes. Pollinators love the purple flowers in the spring. Height: 18 in
In our opinion, this is the number one herb to add to egg dishes. You can harvest the fresh leaves a few at a time, or cut stems and hang them in a shady place to dry. Ht 2 ft when mature.
This thyme variety can grow up to 12” tall and spreads out in mats. It is excellent for flavoring soups, meat dishes and gravies. Produces many lavender flower spikes that attract pollinators. May be grown in the ground or in containers.
Thyme, Pink Chintz
This thyme variety is a tight, low growing creeping thyme with thick stems of woolly green foliage that blooms in mid-spring with a profusion of salmon-pink flowers. Great for borders, rock gardens or containers. One of the earliest flowering thymes. 1-3” tall. 1’ wide at maturity.
Fuzzy- gray foliage forms low-spreading mat of wooly leaves. Sparse scented pink flowers bloom in early summer. This variety is often planted between rocks. Ht: 2 in