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Spring Garden Market Herbs

Basil leaves on plant
Listed below are the herb seedlings that we will be offering at the Spring Garden Market. Many of these, especially the basils, are very popular and may sell out early.

Printer friendly flower and herb checklist

Please understand that some varieties may sell out quickly or not be available due to germination difficulties.

Herb List


Basil African Blue Ocimum kilimandscharicum
Very attractive tender perennial will bloom all summer long into fall until frost. Gorgeous flowers attract bees. Can grow to 4'. Tender perennial

Basil Italian Cameo Ocimum basilicum
Closely packed, luscious big leaves on a compact plant. Rich, traditional basil flavor. Annual

Basil Italian Genovese Ocimum basilicum
Almond-shaped, shiny dark green leaves. Strong flavor. Annual

Basil Italian Large Leaf Ocimum basilicum
Large leaf variety. Great for use in fresh salads where small leaf varieties are too fine. Annual

Basil Italian Pesto Ocimum basilicum
Glossy dark green leaves. Zesty flavor. This variety is the classic Italian basil for making pesto. Annual

Basil Lettuce Leaf Ocimum basilicum
Huge, crinkled bright green leaves. Sweet, mild flavor. Great for sandwiches, wraps, rolls, and more. Annual

Basil Mrs. Burns' Lemon Ocimum basilicum citriodorum
Saved for generations for its strong lemon flavor and fragrance, has a robust carefree nature in the garden and bigger leaves than any other lemon basil variety. Annual

Basil Napoletano Ocimum basilicum
Wider, more crinkled leaves than most basils. Fragrant, tender leaves. Mild, sweet, mellow flavor. Annual

Basil Purple Petra Ocimum basilicum
Mild sweet taste. Perfect for pesto and for color in salads. Annual

Basil Sweet Thai Ocimum basilicum
Exotic, aromatic flavor is excellent in Asian dishes. Annual

Basil Tulsi (Holy Basil) Ocimum sanctum
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is considered sacred in India and is said to have health-promoting properties. The fuzzy, fragrant plants make a delicious spicy, fruity tea. Grow as annual

Celery Amsterdam Seasoning Apium graveolens
Plant forms glossy, intensely celery-flavored sprays of leaves rather than stalks. Biennial - grow as annual

Chives Allium schoenoprasum
Classic, delicate onion-flavored foliage. Flowers are edible too. 12" Perennial

Curry Leaf Murraya koenigii
Tropical evergreen. Frost tender, must overwinter indoors. Potential host for Asian citrus psyllid; see quarantine. 6–15' tall, tree/shrub, part/full sun

Dill Tetra Anethum graveolens
Tetra has aromatic leaves with a refreshing flavor. Bushy, heat tolerant, slow to bolt. Annual

Fennel Florence Foeniculum vulgare var. azoricum
Fennel bulbs are succulent, sweet, licorice-flavored. The delicately flavored feathery foliage is an excellent garnish to culinary dishes. Annual

Chocolate Mint Mentha piperata cv
Smells like an after dinner chocolate peppermint. Can be invasive. Best in containers to restrict spreading. 2' tall, perennial, occasional water, full sun

Mint Peppermint Mentha piperita
The high menthol content produces a strong fresh flavor and cooling sensation. Best in containers to restrict spreading. Lavender flowers attract bees. Can tolerate shade. Perennial

Oregano True Greek Origanum vulgare hirtum
Excellent traditional oregano flavor. Dark green leaves and white flowers. Perennial

Parsley Italian Gigante Petroselinum crispum
Large, glossy leaves with an exceptionally sweet, mellow flavor. Biennial, height 12–18"

Thyme English Thymus vulgaris
A wonderful herb with endless culinary possibilities. Aromatic, attractive landscape plant with lovely small flowers. Perennial

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