If you have a hot, sunny part of the yard that isn’t good for growing much of anything, you might consider planting a culinary herb bed in that location. Certain herb varieties are ideally suited for hot, intensively sunny conditions and are a great gardening solution for areas that are tough to cultivate. Here are five great herb varieties that I’ve got growing in the hottest parts of my yard.
This versatile herb is packed full of flavor and can be used for either for soups, stews, Crock pot dinners and even mixed up with a bit of softened butter or mayo for a tasty spread. Thyme is low growing and ideal for edging along a sidewalk, planting in containers, or as a ground cover. I have both German thyme and lemon thyme in my beds.
Oregano adds deep flavor to Italian dishes and when dried, is even more intense. Oregano is the herb you plant where nothing else will grow since it thrives in hot, dry soil and plenty of sunshine. I raise my oregano in pots which makes it easier for me to weed and prevents the plant from growing out of control in my beds.
Another sun-loving herb, the blossoms of German camomile is what’s used to brew camomile tea. Camomile is an annual but self seeds which should be kept in mind if you want a permanent camomile bed.
Dill has quickly become one of our family’s favorite herbs. Not only is it a great pest deterrent in the vegetable garden, it tastes yummy when chopped and mixed into chilled cucumber salads. Dill requires full sunlight and regular watering, and self seeds as well.
Wrapping up the list of herbs that I’m growing in the hot sunny part of my yard is Bronze fennel which has a delicious anise fragrance. Fennel grows a bit like bamboo and can be invasive which is why it has its own corner in the back of my herb bed. Fennel can be used in a great many Italian dishes and attracts butterflies, bees, praying mantises and other beneficial insects to the yard.
With so many Westerners having to watch our water consumption this year, cultivating herbs that can handle high temperatures is a great way to utilize the problem areas of the yard. These five herbs are ones that I’ve discovered can handle long hot summers and beds that can reach temps of 120 degrees or more.
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