by Bobbi A. Chukran
Fall is the perfect time in central Texas to plant new perennial herbs and some annuals. My "rule" is that if it's not freezing, I can plant herbs. As long as they are watered well while getting established, and as long as I don't plop them out into the middle of a blazing lawn with no shade, they'll do fine. I also divide and move some of my perennials during the fall, too.
We use a lot of our herbs for cooking, but even if you don't cook, it's worthwhile to grow herbs because they attract and support our pollinators. And they make gorgeous landscape plants when tucked in here and there with the roses or other shrubs.
|Honeybee on blooming rosemary plant in a Texas garden|
It's still in the upper 90's here, and a few days last week went over 100. But herbs are tough, and some even like the heat.
|Rosemary harvest for drying|
This time of year, your best bet is to try and find plants in local nurseries. It's a bit late to start plants from seeds, although people in central and south Texas can probably get a small crop of basil started and harvested before our first freeze.
|Herbs and a small fig tree grow in raised cement block beds in a former garden.|
|Lavender in a Texas garden|
|Sweet marjoram growing in a Texas garden|
I hope this has given you a little spark of inspiration to plant a few herbs. If you're like me, you'll get obsessed with them and expand your garden over the years, adding new plants as you find them.
Feel free to leave comments and questions. I'll try to answer them to the best of my ability.
Happy trails, and happy gardening!