Garden Mint - I. Abiatae Mentha Spicata.

What You Need to Know About the Garden Mint – I. Abiatae Mentha Spicata

Originally from southern and central Europe, many varieties of spearmint or garden mint can be grown indoors. Try also peppermint, M. x piperata, or apple mint, M. suaveolens, which has a pale green and cream variegated form.

Outdoors, these hardy perenni­als grow up to 2 ft. (60 cm) high arid become invasive. Indoor plants will quickly fill a small pot, so prepare new plants by rooting cuttings.

What You Need to Know About the Lemon Thyme – Labiatae Thymus x Citriordorus

A twiggy, upright shrub, lemon thyme forms a compact cushion of masses of oval leaves and pale purple flowers up to 30cm (12in) high. When crushed, the leaves give off a sharp lemon scent and have a warming flavor.

Size: Given under individual species.

Light: At least six hours of direct sun­light every day.

Temperature: Warm room; 60—70°F (15—21°C).

Moisture: Keep moist at all times.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks in spring, once a month in summer.

Propagation: Sow basil and parsley; take cuttings of bay and mint; sow, divide roots, or layer thyme.

Special needs: Basil arid thyme enjoy lots of direct sunlight, while chives and parsley like a bright position but a cooler atmosphere of about 60°F (15°C). Mint does not like hot sun at noon, and needs cool, moist soil. Turn the plants daily indoors to prevent them from becoming one-sided. These herbs enjoy fresh air, but should be kept out of drafts.

Different types of green plants.

What You Need to Know About the Herbs Plants

Herbs are grown to add flavor and inter­est to food, as well as for their medicinal value. Those chosen for indoor growing, have also been selected for their culinary and visual appeal. As sun-lovers, they will do best on a bright windowsill — ideally in the kitchen so that they are handy when needed — or perhaps in a well-lit living room or sunroom.

Individual pots may be grouped together to maintain humidity (important for soft-leaved herbs, such as basil), or planted in groups in larger containers. The herbs listed all have similar cultivation requirements.

Bay Laurel Plant - Lauraceae Laurus Nobilis.

What You Need to Know About the Bay Laurel Plant – Lauraceae Laurus Nobilis

A slow-growing, woody plant, which originally comes from the Mediter­ranean, bay may grow to a 30 ft. (9 m) tree, but often stays short and stubby.

It responds well to clipping to shape and grows well in a tub. The aro­matic, oval leaves are a glossy mid­green and clusters of small yellow flowers often appear in spring.