Create Your Very Own Italian Herb Garden

Many possibilities come from growing your own herbs in an Italian herb garden. Italy is home to some of the world’s tastiest herbs and, as most of us very well know, most of our favorite means originated in Italy and are favorites due to the herbs used in their preparation. Some well-known and tasty Italian herbs include:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Fennel
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic
  • Sage

One of the better-known Italian herbs is basil and besides being used in many an Italian Recipe, it is also useful to other plants in your garden. Peppers and tomatoes will have an improved flavour if they are grown next to basil and the herb also repels flies.

Parsley may be a hard plant to grow but it is very useful in not only Italian cooking but in many other types of cuisine as well. At times when breath mints are not available after a meal, eating fresh, raw parsley will eradicate bad breath.

Oregano may be most known for being very flavourful but it is also decorative.  At full maturity, the plant sprouts pretty purple flowers.  You will get the best of both of these worlds with this herb if you wait until the plant has flowered which is when it is most flavourful.

Fennel is most known as the herb that enhances the flavors of Italian sausages but be careful because it looses its flavor as the plant matures.  One way to preserve its flavour is dividing and replanting it every few years.

Rosemary is another Italian herb that is beneficial to your garden. The plant grows into a large shrub that sprouts pretty blue flowers that attract bees. Rosemary is sensitive to frost even though it is a tough evergreen perennial.

Garlic is the most commonly used herb in Italian dishes and your herb garden would not be complete without it!  Garlic requires very little attention and can be planted in almost any garden.  Garlic can also be frozen for use at a later time.

Sage is used in many dishes from meats to salads.  The most flavour is found in new shoots of the plant so it’s a good idea to keep sage plants trim to prevent them from getting too woody so new shoots can grow.  Harvesting of sage can be done after the plant blooms.

Above is a selection of the most popular Italian herbs but there are many more that we have not covered that you may want to look into.  In the name of space, time and specific requirements for each different plant, try to include only the herbs that will be beneficial to you.  Adding flavour to meals may be the primary reason you want to grow an Italian herb garden, but make the most of your plants by considering the many other usages they may have.  These herbs can also be used to add colour and aroma to any room and they may add to landscape designs.  Now that you have some basic knowledge of Italian herb gardens, go ahead and get planting.  Soon you can be walking through a garden that will make you think you’re taking a stroll through the Italian countryside!