French tarragon creates a shrubby presence in the garden border, combining fine texture with wonderful green-to-gray foliage. Leaves dish up a sweet anise flavor used to create traditional Bearnaise sauce and the fines herbes blend vital to French cooking. In rich soil, plants practically jump out of the ground, thriving with little care. For best growth, remove flowering stems. With a sunny window and rich soil, you can raise French tarragon indoors. If light isn't strong enough, stems will likely sprawl and leaf flavor will diminish, but you'll still be able to savor the licorice taste. In the garden, pair French tarragon with bearded iris, burgundy-toned shrubs, or lilies for an eye-pleasing scene. In coldest zones, cut plants back in fall and mulch after the ground freezes.
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More varieties for Tarragon
Artemisia dracunculus sativa is a popular herb that's very easy to grow. It reaches 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 5-9
Artemisia dracunculus subsp. dracunculoides is prized for its anise-flavor foliage. It's more pungent, vigorous, and hardier than French tarragon. Russian tarragon grows 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Zones 3-7