Is There a Melissa in Your Life?

Is there a Melissa in your life? If not, there probably should be. She will bring you fragrance, honeybees, and long life. Melissa officinalis, commonly known as lemon balm, is an herb in the mint fa...

Roses, Cocoa Mulch, and Turmeric

In response to a query posed in a recent column regarding favorite rose varieties and their care, I received the following response from Scott Corwin, who gardens in Glendora, and whose roses were bl...

African Blue Basil is Truly Good

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” This well-worn adage has near universal application, except in the case of African blue basil. Imagine acquiring a plant in the spring that is only...

Cilantro, its Kin, & Pest Control

Based on my experience, there is no plant easier to grow from seed than cilantro. If you doubt my word, purchase a packet of cilantro seeds (also known as coriander) for a dollar or two and disperse ...

Lemon Verbena: A Must Have Plant

Some plants should be in everybody’s garden, and lemon verbena is one of them. Lemon verbena is not a glamorous plant, and that is probably why everyone likes it; what one person considers gorg...

An Herb Garden

Certain plants are like friends with whom you are close for a period of years only to lose track of them — for no good reason — with the passage of time. You remember the fine times you s...

A Lifetime Supply of Bay Leaves

This past month’s correspondence included two questions about herbs, one question about a tree for autumn color, and one question about care of container plants that get soaked in the rain. Q: ...

Live to 116? Drink Lemon Balm Tea

If you want to live for a hundred years, it might be wise to grow an herb that has the texture of crepe, the fragrance of lemon and the name of a pretty girl. According to Modern Herbal (Dover Public...