Three amazing herbs!

Herbs can be integrated into gardens in various ways. They can be grown in containers, on green walls, in a vegetable garden or in flower beds alongside perennials and shrubs. Here are three amazing herbs that will give your garden a very original look this summer.

Mexican coriander

(Eryngium foetidum) Photo 1 (photo : Andres Hernadez S.)

"Eryngium foetidum. Photo Credit: Andres Hernadez S."

 

Height: 45 cm

Width: 30 cm

Flowers: greenish white

Light: sun, partial shade, light shade

Soil: moist

Hardiness: biennial

This plant originates from Central America and has an edible foliage that is very popular among the inhabitants of India, Thailand and Vietnam. Even when dried, the Mexican coriander's leaves keep their flavour. This annual plant appreciates moist soils and partially shady locations.

 

Vietnamese coriander

(Persicaria odorata)

"Persicaria odorata"

 

Height: 20 cm

Width: 50 cm

Foliage: green with purple marks

Flowers: white

Light: sun, partial shade, light shade

Soil: rich and moist

Hardiness: tropical perennial treated as an annual

The Vietnamese coriander is a native plant of the south-eastern Asia regions. It is widely used for cooking in Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore to flavour soups, duck eggs as well as poultry and fish dishes. Its taste is similar to that of the coriander we're used to, but with a peppery note. This tropical plant appreciates rich, moist soils and partially shady locations.

 

Purple shiso

(Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens)

"Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens"

 

Height: 40 cm

Width: 40 cm

Foliage: purple

Light: sun, partial shade

Soil: rich and moist, but well-drained

Hardiness: annual

With its large purple leaves with finely indented borders looking like those of certain coleuses, the purple shiso is a plant that won't go unnoticed in the garden. It is very popular among the Japanese, who use it, among other things, to accompany and flavour sushi. Its aromatic foliage has a complex flavour which reminds of anise, cumin and plum. This herb prefers to be planted in a sunny or partially shady location, in a rich, moist, well-drained soil.

 

Par Albert Mondor spécialiste horticulture

By Albert Mondor, horticulturist

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