Coastal and Tropical South
Just out in March from Cool Springs Press is a book you'll really want. Herbs! Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects by Judy Lowe (March, 2011, $19.95) delivers solid information about growing and using herbs in very creative ways. Just as you choose your favorite herbs for the spice rack, Lowe shows how herb gardens can reflect your taste and have a theme. If you like herb teas, or if your passion is grilling or you want a kids' garden, there's a garden for that in this book. But she also includes literary and biblical herb references and provides an illustrated guide to growing more than 50 herbs. Everyone says you should grow herbs, but Lowe gives you the inspiration and the information you need to do herbs right. 192 pages including reference section and index.
Favorite or New Plant
If classic mints have ever taken over your garden bed, this might be the mint for you. Sharply scented with a provocative taste that has almost too much pineapple flavor, this plant is beautiful even if you never crush its leaves. Tight whorls of nubby, mint-like leaves are banded with a creamy white, almost yellow hue. At about a foot tall, pineapple mint makes a great border plant in the herb garden and annual bed. Give it afternoon shade, water and fertilize regularly. This selection from apple mint has a neat habit and adds zest to desserts with strawberries and kiwi fruits.