The Summer Herb Garden

July 9, 2011 at 9:50 am 1 comment

On your next visit to Maymont be sure to stop by the  Herb Garden in front of the Stone Barn to enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances.   The display of violet blooms of the Larkspur and Lavender make an exciting contrast with the deep red of the Monarda in the garden.   Stand quietly in the garden and enjoy the hum of the variety of pollinators as they visit the flowering herbs.  Before you leave the herb garden gently rub the Rosemary, Basil and Lavender to enjoy the wonderful smells.  The herb of the year, Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana), grows to the right of the
trellised Jasmine.   Horseradish is a hardy perennial that has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes. The flowers are white and grow in small loose clusters.  The plant has large, long leaves with pronounced pale veins.  Root sections are harvested in the autumn.  Young leaves can be added to salads and the root is used to make horseradish sauce. Early physicians would recommend horseradish for everything from a sore throat to digestive upset.  Visit Maymont’s Herb Garden often to appreciate the changes throughout the summer season.

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  • 1. Tracie  |  July 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Maymont’s herb garden sound like a delight. and your description can almost make me smell the Rosemary, Basil and Lavender. You can enjoy these scents beyond the summer herb garden by starting a indoor container garden.

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