Herbs Gardener Secret:

Pot herbs in Sea Soil. Slower growing herbs have more flavour.

Outdoor herbs will be healthier. Try not to grow herbs inside due to dry air conditions.

Basil should not be put outside until all threat of frost has passed due to it's extremely delicate nature.

Types of herbs

Herbs can be purchased in seedling form in spring from the greenhouse or in seed form most times during the year. Herb kits are also available for growing herbs indoors during winter. Ask a greengate expert if you are new to herbs, as they can be tricky, but also very rewarding.


Mint Herb


Growing herbs indoors:

If you have a room that gets consistent direct, natural sunlight, you could actually grow your own edible herbs indoors and spring is a great time to sprout the seedlings. Herbs like basil, mint, and parsley will thrive indoors.

Give plants Evolve Rage Plus 0-0-6 in early spring. Trees and shrubs can benefit from a quick dose of this fertilizer while they are budding out. It takes about a month before you will see results, so April is a great time to give them a shot to get them going.

Earth Alive

Try Earth Alive in your seedling trays, pots or in your garden. Earth Alive is a beneficial fungus that breaks down organic materials into the nutrients that your plants need. Just mix into the soil at the time of planting. This product is super beneficial especially if you use organic materials like compost for fertilization, as it speed-up the delivery of nutrients to the plant roots through colonization.

MYKE vegetable & Herm fertilizer

Use Myke!

Myke is also a beneficial fungus that is applied directly to the roots of your plants. Myke offers a 75% better survival rate for your plants by increasing the root system. Whether it's trees, shrubs, annuals or perennials it doesn't matter! If you are planting use Myke for amazing results. Myke comes in several containers as they have different microbes in each, so buy specifically for the plants you will be planting. If you're not sure Myke tree and Shrub has all the MYCORRHIZAE necessary for any plant.

Did you know that if you purchase Myke with your trees and Shrubs we offer a 5-year warranty?

Herbs and their Culinary Uses:

  • Bouquet
  • Condiment
  • Flavouring
  • Fragrance
  • Potpourri
  • Sachet
  • Salad Garnish
  • Seasoning


While we endeavor to keep all of the following herbs in stock, we may experience occasional shortages between deliveries.


Anise - licorice-flavored, cookies & cakes, teas, curries

Basil - fish, chicken, seafood, pesto, pasta, salads, soups, sauces

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Purple
  • Spicy Globe
  • Sweet
  • Thai

Borage (self-seeds) - cucumber-flavored, salads, drinks



Chives - mild onion/garlic flavor, vegetables, stews, soups


  • Common (perennial)   
  • Garlic (perennial) 


Chamomile - aids in digestion, tea, cream sauces


  • German (mild)        
  • Roman (perennial)


Chervil (self seeds) - salads, fish, soups, stews, vegetables

Cilantro (leaves) - salads, chutney, salsa, soups, sauces

Coriander (seeds) - curries, pickles, beer

Dill - pickles, soups, sauces, dips, vegetables

Fennel - fish, salads, soups, egg dishes, use bulbs like celery

Lovage (perennial) - celery-flavored, soups, stews, vegetables

English Lavender - herbal jellies, vinegars, and oils

Lemon Balm (perennial) - tea, fish, potpourri, insect deterrent

Lemon Verbena - desserts, sauces, fish, rice, ice cream

Marjoram (perennial) - meat, eggs, vegetables, salads, vinegars

Mint - tea, baking & candy making, sauces, drinks, potpourri


  • Banana (perennial)  
  • Chocolate (perennial)      
  • Ginger (perennial)   
  • Mojito
  • Orange (perennial)  
  • Peppermint (perennial) 
  • Pineapple             
  • Spearmint (perennial)


Oregano - soups, sauces, pasta, vegetables


  • Greek               
  • Golden (mild


Parsley - vegetables, meat, salads, sauces


  • Curled (biennial)    
  • Italian (biennial)


Rosemary - chicken, lamb, pork, beef, vegetables


  • Arp (fragrant, upright) 
  • Barbeque (long upright stems)
  • Foxtail (semi-trailing)  
  • Irene (bright blue flowers)
  • Madalene Hill/Hill Hardy (fragrant, upright)
  • Roman Beauty (dense foliage, semi-trailing)
  • Salem (fast-growing, upright)  
  • Tuscan Blue (fragrant, columnar)


Sage - poultry, pork, salads, stuffing, sauces


  • Garden/Common (perennial)
  • Berggarten (gray-green foliage)
  • Pineapple (jams & jellies, drinks, salads)
  • Purple (colorful & tasty)
  • Tangerine (bright red flowers, orange-scented)
  • Tricolor (great for the kitchen or in containers)
  • Sorrel - salads, soups, sauces


Stevia - a very sweet sugar substitute


Savory - egg dishes, vegetables, soups, meats, salads


  • Summer (mild)             
  • Winter (perennial)
  • Tarragon - sauces, salads, fish, poultry, vinegars


Thyme - poultry, fish, salads, vegetables


  • English (perennial, the most common)
  • Lemon (glossy green lemon-scented leaves)
  • Silver (variegated leaves, great with roasted vegetables)


Herbs Growing Guide

Image Plant Name Botanical Name Annual / Biennial / Perennial Sun / Shade Indoor/Outdoor Seed Date Days Until Harvest Available As
ANISE Pimpinella anisum Annual sun na/May 15-30 70-75 seed/plant
BASIL BASIL Ocimum basilicum Annual sun n/a/May 15-30 80-85 seed/plant
BAY - LAUREL BAY/LAUREL Laurus nobilis Shrub, indoors for winter sun to part shade n/a n/a plant
BEEBALM BEEBALM Monarda didyma Perennial sun or part shade n/a/May 1-15 90-120 plant
BORAGE BORAGE Borago officinalis Annual sun n/a/May 15-30 80-85 seed/plant
CARAWAY CARAWAY Carum carvi Biennial sun/part shade n/a/May 15-30 harvest seeds 2nd year seed/plant
CATMINT - CATNIP CATMINT/CATNIP Nepeta cataria Perennial sun or part shade n/a/May 10-20 75-80 seed/plant
CHAMOMILE CHAMOMILE Matricaria recutita Annual sun or part shade n/a/May 10-20 75-80 seed/plant
CHERVIL CHERVIL Anthriscus cerefolium Annual sun or part shade n/a/May 15-30 70-80 seed/plant
CHIVES CHIVES Allium schoenoprasum Perennial sun n/a/May 15-30 80- 90 seed/plant
CHIVES-GARLIC Allium tuberosum Perennial sun n/a/May 15-30 85-90 seed/plant
CILANTRO - CORIANDER CILANTRO/CORIANDER Coriandrum sativum Annual sun/part shade n/a/May 10-20 20- 90 seed/plant
DILL DILL Anethum graveolens Annual sun n/a/May 15-30 90 seed/plant
ECHINACEA ECHINACEA Echinacea angustifolia Perennial sun Apr. 1-15/n/a 120 plant
FENNEL FENNEL Foeniculum vulgare Annual sun n/a/June 1-10 80-90 seed/plant
FENUGREEK FENUGREEK Trigonella foenum Annual sun n/a/May 10-20 90-120 seed/plant
GARLIC GARLIC Allium sativum Annual sun/ part shade n/a/May 1-15 100-120 bulb/plant
HORSERADISH HORSERADISH Armoracia rusticana Perennial sun n/a/May 1-15 100-120 bulb/plant
HYSSOP HYSSOP Hyssopus officinalis Perennial sun n/a May 10-30 30-60 seed/plant
LAVENDER - ENGLISH LAVENDER - ENGLISH Lavandula angustifolia Perennial sun Mar. 1-10/n/a 100-120 seed/plant
LEMON BALM LEMON BALM Melissa officinalis Perennial sun to part shade Apr. 10-20/n/a 90-100 seed/plant
LOVAGE Levisticum officinale Perennial sun to part shade Apr. 1-15/June 1-10 harvest leaves as needed seed/plant
MARJORAM - SWEET MARJORAM - SWEET Origanum majorana Annual sun Apr. 10-20/n/a 90 seed/plant
MINT - PEPPERMINT MINT - PEPPERMINT Mentha x piperita Perennial part shade Apr. 1-10/n/a 90 seed/plant
MINT - SPEARMINT MINT - SPEARMINT Mentha spicata Perennial part shade Apr. 1-10/n/a 90 seed/plant
OREGANO OREGANO Origanum vulgare Perennial sun Apr. 10-20/n/a 80-90 seed/plant
PARSLEY - CURLED PARSLEY - CURLED Petroselinum crispum Annual part shade Apr. 15/May 30 90 seed/plant
PARSLEY - ITALIAN PARSLEY - ITALIAN Petroselinum neopolitanum Annual part shade Apr. 1-15/May 15-30 90 seed/plant
ROSEMARY ROSEMARY Rosemarinus officinalis Perennial, indoors in winter sun Feb. 1-15/May 10-20 125 seed/plant
SAGE SAGE Salvia officinalis Perennial sun Apr. 10-20/n/a 80-85 seed/plant
SAVORY - SUMMER SAVORY - SUMMER Satureja hortensis Annual sun n/a/May 10-20 60-65 seed/plant
SAVORY - WINTER SAVORY - WINTER Satureja montana Perennial sun n/a/May 10-20 60-65 plant
SORREL - FRENCH SORREL - FRENCH Rumex acetosa Perennial sun or part shade n/a/May 15-30 60 seed/plant
STEVIA STEVIA Stevia rebaudiana Annual sun to part shade n/a 60-80 plant
TARRAGON - FRENCH TARRAGON - FRENCH Artemesia dranunculus 'sativa' Perennial sun or part shade April 1-10/n/a 110 seed
THYME - ENGLISH THYME - ENGLISH Thymus vulgaris Perennial sun or part shade Apr. 1-10/n/a 85-90 seed/plant
THYME - LEMON THYME - LEMON Thymus citriodorus Perennial sun Apr. 1-10/n/a 85-90 seed/plant
VERBENA - LEMON VERBENA - LEMON Aloysia citrodora Annual sun April 1-10/n/a n/a plant

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