For thousands of years, herbs have been enjoyed for their benefits -- as medicines, food, dyes, and insect repellents.
Thyme is a Mediterranean herb that thrives in poor soil. Here, five types, including the variegated lemon thyme, are growing together. Using pebbles as mulch keeps the crown from rotting.
Lavender is cherished for the clean scent of its flowers and leaves. The grayish evergreen leaves are attractive any time of year.
Herb vinegars are easy to make. Place culinary herb leaves (or edible flowers) in a clean bottle. Fill with a good-quality white wine vinegar. Let it infuse for several weeks. Sunlight will fade its color.
Containers of freshly cut herbs make lovely centerpieces or aromatic table arrangements. Let rosemary and lavender dry naturally; put others in water.
When planning a garden, it is helpful to know which herbs are perennial and which are annual.