If forced to choose only one garden, I would pick my herb garden. Herbs never fail to delight me with their subtle colours and textures and not-so-subtle scents and flavours. Even during frigid January, a visit to the garden rewards me when I rub a sage leaf and inhale its chilled scent.
Herbs have been in cultivation for many hundreds of years. Monastic herb gardens and medieval physic gardens were planted with healing in mind. Simple pioneer dooryard gardens included medicinal and culinary herbs whose seeds and slips were brought from homes far away. Formal and intricate knot gardens were planted with herbs to delight strolling nobles. And today’s gardens (like mine) often have herbs tucked in with perennials and vegetables, as aromatic plants make superb companions that keep pests away and provide the perfect foil for flowers.
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