6 Essential Perennial Herbs for Your Garden

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Sage

Sage, scientifically known as Salvia officinalis, is a perennial herb that has soft, grayish, purple leaves. Even though this herb is native to the Mediterranean region, it can also be found all over the world. As many of you probably already know, this plant has many essential properties in medicinal and culinary fields, being widely used for beautifying gardens.†

People who prefer sage for culinary purposes usually use it in small amounts due to its strong flavor. However, according to medical experts, sage has a lot of nutrients that are actually essential for your body to work properly. Well, even though itís just a herb, it has numerous health benefits that you should know about. For instance, sage is full of antioxidants that can fight off free radicals that cause cancer. It also has antimicrobial effects that can kill oral bacteria. Sage can even ease menopause symptoms, did you know that?†

Sage should be planted in full sun, well-draining soil because they donít tolerate wet soil. According to plant experts, the soil should be between 60ļ and 70ļ F, if you want them to grow healthy. One of the most important things that you have to take into consideration when planting sage is that they should be kept away from cucumbers. You don’t plant sage beside cucumber because the strong aroma of the sage will affect the taste of the cucumber.

Nevertheless, you should plant them regularly until they are fully grown to avoid drying out.†

 

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Thyme

Thyme is a perennial herb that has many medicinal, culinary and ornamental uses for people all around the world. Just like oregano, thyme is the genus Origanum. However, according to medical experts, thyme is more than just an ingredient that helps you flavor your recipes, it has nutrients that can boost your overall health as well.††

If you have acne, you should know that thyme has antibacterial properties that can help you get rid of acne. This perennial herb can also help lower the blood pressure, stop coughing, boost your immune system and improve your mood.†

The best part about planting thyme is that it doesnít have high watering needs, which is great for people who donít have enough time to take care of their garden for hours every day. Thyme is also pollinator friendly, which means that when it blooms, it attracts a lot of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.††

If you want to plant thyme itís important to remember that they need the full sun because they absolutely love the heat. So, if you plant them in a pot and keep them indoors, you should place them next to the window.†

That being said, plant experts recommend planting them near cabbage or tomatoes if you have a big garden, or near rosemary if you choose to grow them in containers.

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