Plants & Products

Enjoy a sampling of plants and products from all of our departments; call or stop in for our full selection in season

Basil
Bay Laurel
Borage
Catnip
Chamomile
Chervil
Chives
Cilantro
Dill
Fennel
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lovage
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Stevia
Tarragon
Thyme

Assorted Herbs at Knollwood

Herb Pots

Fresh herbs are easy to grow and a delight to eat and work with.  We strive to carry a wide range of common, popular herbs as well as the more unusual varieties.  Our largest selection is available from April through summer; common herbs are available on a limited basis year round.  Stop in or call for full selection.

Visit our Guides & Lists page for hints and tips on growing and using herbs; visit our blog, Ideas & Events and search the archives for more recipes!

Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop

Perennial

Lavender/purple blooms from mid to late summer.  Flowers are attractive to bees (good nectar plant), hummingbirds and butterflies. Aromatic leaves can be used to make herbal teas or jellies. Seeds can be added to cookies or muffins. Dried leaves can be added to potpourris.

Basil

Sweet Basil

The following varieties may be available at different times:
Sweet, Genovese, Italian Large Leaf, Spicy Globe, Thai Magic, Amethyst, Mrs. Burn's Lemon, African Blue, Green Bouquet, Poppy Joe's, Genovese Compact, Genovese Red Freddy, Siam Queen

Try it in Garlic and Herb Oven-Fried Halibut

Bay Laurel

Bay Laurel

Fresh bay leaves have a much more subtle flavor and are delicious with poultry, pork, and lamb.

Try Potatoes Braised with Fresh Bay Leaves.

Bergamot

Bergamot

Perennial

Clusters of lavender, pink or white flowers, looking like ragged pompoms, bloom atop 2-5 ft., open-branched stems.  This has aromatic leaves used to make mint tea. Oil from the leaves was formerly used to treat respiratory ailments. The leaves smell minty.

Borage

Borage

Tasting mildly of cucumber, the leaves can be added to salads and tea blends. The flowers are edible as well, and when sugared make a pretty cake decoration. It is said to be an excellent tonic for a stressful life!

Calendula

Also known as Pot Marigold, the flowers are colorful and tasty in soups and salads.  Floewrs can be dried as well. Attracts birds andbutterflies.

Caraway

Caraway

Biennial

Tender young leaves can flavor soups and salads; the fruit (seeds) are used in rich dishes, with cabbage preparations, and in breads and baked goods.

Catgrass

Catgrass

Variegated cat grass grows well indoors, is attractive, and provides fiber and vitamins for cats while reducing their temptation to chew on other houseplants.  It can also be juiced like wheatgrass for human consumption!  Will grow back form trimmings.

Catnip

Catnip

In a pot or in a bed, this is guaranteed to make you popular with the felines in your life! Cats will nibble on it fresh, or you can easily dry it for a fun treat for kitty later, or make Kitty Cookies with Catnip. (Will it draw cats to your garden? Most likely. But use it to your advantage to draw them to a corner you don't mind them "visiting"!)

Chamomile

Chamomile

Perennial; German and Roman

Lovely white flowers, use dried flowers in teas and potpourri. Mild apple aroma from leaves and flowers, low-growing, tolerates light foot traffic.

Chervil

Chervil

An essential French herb, it is best used fresh at the end of cooking or as a garnish. Perfect with chicken, eggs, salad, vegetables, potatoes. Try it in Potato Salad with Chervil and Shallots.

Chives

Chives

You are most likely familiar with the delicate, onion-y flavor of chives as a garnish for vegetables, salads, soups, and potatoes. The flowers are edible, too, and look great on a salad.
These varieties will be available at varying times:
Regular, Garlic

Try them in Garlic Herb Butter for bread, fish, chicken, vegetables.

Cilantro

Cilantro

Varieties: Glory, Slow Bolting, and Santo

Cilantro is an essential flavor in Mexican and Thai cooking. It has an unmistakeable flavor; to some people, however, the only flavor they detect is soap! To make it more palatable to sensitive ones, be sure to remove all stems before chopping. Try it in Cilantro Pesto, delicious on roast or grilled fish, tacos, and more.

Curry Plant

Curry Plant

Silver-gray foliage and yellow blooms.  Tender leaves have a curry fragrance and are used to flavor meats, soups, stews, and rice, although it is not a component of curry powders.

Cutting Celery

Cutting Celery

Annual

The delicious flavor of celery from the foliage of this plant flavors soups, broths and salads without the crunchy stringy stems that many don't like.

Dill

Dill

Varieties: Fernleaf and Dukat

Dill is a fast-growing perennial that adds a feathery large presence to the herb garden. For a continuous supply of the leaves, remove flowers before they open; for the seeds, allow the flowers to bloom and ripen. Try it in Easy Refrigerator Dill Pickles. No canning!

Epazote

Epazote

Strongly flavored leaves remind many of citrus or mint.  Used widely in Mexican cooking, it is an excellent addition to bean dishes (and is said to reduce the "after effects").

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Grown for it's fragrance and unique style.  Pretty in combination planters, or dried for use in arrangements and potpourri.

Fennel

Fennel

Varieties: Bronze, Sweet

Never plant fennel with coriander or dill. Fennel has a light licorice/anise flavor good with pork, veal, fish, sauces, stuffings,  and salad dressings. The seeds are used as a spice, particularly in breads. The stalk/bulb is delicious when shaved in salads or braised until tender. Try it in Steamed Mussels with Tomato Fennel Broth.

Horehound

Horehound

Perennial

Black licorice flavored leaves are used in candies, baked goods, and medicinal throat lozenges.

Horseradish

Horseradish

The bright flavor of fresh horseradish is a wonderful difference from the bottled versions.  Easy to grow!

Lavender

Lavender

Varieties: Goodwin Creek, Blueberry Ruffles, Lady, Grosso, Hidcote, Munstead, Provence

A beautiful herb grown mostly for it's flowers, use it in potpourri, soaps, oils, and dried arrangements. It's delicate scent and flavor is also delicious is desserts, cookies, sorbets and jelly.

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

Light lemon-mint leaves are best used fresh in tea, salads, fruit, punch, etc. Attracts honey bees.

Lemon Grass

Lemongrass

Annual

Lemongrass has a subtle citrus flavor and can be dried, powdered, or used fresh. A staple in Asian and Thai cooking, the leaves are great in curries and soups, as well asflavoring poultry, vegetables, and fish. It has some mosquito repelling qualities as a patio plant as well.

Lovage

Lovage

An old-fashioned favorite with a celery flavor. Use leaves in soups, sauces, with vegetables. Try it in Egg Salad with Fresh Herbs

Marjoram

Marjoram

Annual, varieties: Sweet and Zaatar

A relative of oregano, it shares a similar flavor although not as sharp and with hints of thyme and florals.

Mint

Mint

Varieties (available at different times):  Pennyroyal, Grapefruit, Chocolate, Spearmint, Peppermint, Candy, Pineapple, Curly, Mojito, and Lemon.

Besides the popular peppermint and spearmint, there are all kinds of fun flavors to explore. Mint will spread out and make itself at home, so contain the roots in some way to keep it under control.

Oregano

Oregano

Varieties: Greek, Italian, Hot & Spicy, Turkestan, Thumbles Variety

With it's robust flavor, oregano is a natural in Greek and Italian cooking. It is an excellent choice for tossing in the grill for added aroma and flavor. It makes a great addition to your mixed flower plantings, draping over the sides. Try it in delicious Greek Lamb Burgers.

Parsley

Parsley

Varieties: Curled, Italian

Parsley is so much more than the ubiquitous garnish. While it does add a sprinkle of color to any dish without disrupting the flavor, it does have a taste all it's own. Chop some up in a salad mix for a really fresh, green flavor. Parsley grows really well in containers.

Patchouli

Patchouli

This herbs distinctive, strong fragrance is used in soaps and perfumes.

Perilla (Shiso)

Perilla (Shiso)

Used widely in Japanese cooking, red shiso has an anise flavor, while green is spicier, like cinnamon.  They are used for seasoning, coloring, pickling, and garnishing.  Seeds are sprinkled on salads and rice, leaves often used in sushi and sashimi.  Very nutritious!

Rosemary

Rosemary

Varieties: Arp, Barbecue, Common, Cascade, Tuscan Blue

The needle-like leaves perfume the air with a pine scent at the slightest touch. The leaves are delicious with roasted meats, grilled steaks and chicken, and potatoes. Try using the woody stem with leaves left at the end to skewer shrimp or vegetables for grilling. Try it in Rosemary Foccacia Bread.

Sage

Sage

Varieties: Autumn Cherry Chief, Common, Golden, Pineapple, Hummingbird, Purple, Mexican Bush, Variegated, White Dalmation

It's not just for Thanksgiving! Sage has a strong, savory, distinctive taste that intensifies when dried. Often used in stuffings, with pork, and chicken, it is surprisingly good with sauteed salmon as well. Try making easy Fresh Sage Sausage.

Scented Geranium

Annual, often wintered over indoors

Varieties: Concolor Lace, Lemon Rober, Old Fashion Rose

These lacey, highly textured leaves have a wonderful fragrance, and the blooms are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

Stevia (Sweetleaf)

Stevia

Dried powdered leaves are 300 times sweeter than sugar with no calories! Pinch frequently for best production.

Summer Savory

Summer Savory

Mild flavor reminding you of sage and rosemary blends well with soups, sauces, poultry, butters, and vegetables.

Sweet Annie

Sweet Annie

Annual, self-seeds

The fruity, sweet scent of the foliage makes it perfect filler for fresh flower arrangements and potpourri.

Tarragon

Tarragon

Varieties: French, Texas

A clsssic French flavor, the delicate anise taste is behind Bernaise sauce for steak and fish, and white wine sauce for chicken. Try it in Green Goddess Dressing.

Thyme

Thyme

Varieties: English, French, Orange, Golden Lemon, Lemon Creeping, Elfin, Doone Valley, Coconut, Mother of, Wedgewood, White Creeping

Great with poultry, beef, mushrooms and vegetables Over 300 varieties & flavors in the world. Crushed leaves may ease bee stings. Try easy Gruyere-Thyme Icebox Crackers.

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