Arbor Enterprises has been serving the Raleigh area with landscape design/build services, landscape installation, and maintenance services for three decades. The team of professionals specializes in residential landscape design, irrigation, installation, and renovation, and they also have expertise in building stone retaining walls, ponds, patios, and walkways. Arbor Enterprises creates gorgeous landscapes that can be enjoyed for years to come while adding significant value to the home.
Building the Basic Backyard Herb Garden
Arbor Enterprises is passionate about creating residential landscapes that are beautiful and functional and that bring enjoyment, promote wellness, and add real value to a home or business. These core values influence every aspect of the services that Arbor Enterprises offers Raleigh homeowners.
Certified landscape horticulturist Paige Moody and her team of professionals offer tips on creating a backyard herb garden. A nutrition and wellness consultant comments on the benefits of herb gardens, “For the rookie gardener, planting fresh herbs is a great way to begin testing out your green thumb, and unlike succulents or shrubs, succeeding with these plants is extra gratifying, as they work wonders in elevating your cooking game as well. When the weather is warm, there’s no better time to find a home for these flavorful powerhouses in your garden. They’re hardy and quick-growing, making the gardener’s job an easy one, and when tossed with great quality olive oil, fresh cheese, or crisp veggies, the job of the home cook is made easier by fresh herbs as well.”
Since the goal is to go basic, beautiful, and functional with this project, here are five of the best herbs to grow in a basic backyard herb garden. Store-bought herbs are pricey and perishable when compared to the five fresh, home-grown herb varieties listed below. These aromatic, delicious herbs merit inclusion in any backyard spring herb garden.
This prolific herb evokes freshness and cleanliness. Mint offers a desirable versatility for the beginner herb gardener with a green thumb. When featuring a hint of mint, familiar recipes take on new verve. Enjoy warm, soothing hot tea, or experience classic sweet tea in a fresh way. Elevate fruit dishes, such as strawberries or citrus fruits, with a garnish of mint. Other delicious mint dishes include mint tzatziki with endives, chickpea salad with mint chutney, and almond mint pesto pasta.
Basil or sweet basil, a member of the mint family, is a leafy green herb with an oblong, pointed leaf featuring a distinctive deep green color. This aesthetically pleasing plant adds depth, texture, and taste to any landscape. Basil may have been first grown in China, India, or Africa and is cultivated today in France, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, California, and even backyard herb gardens.
This herb tastes best when fresh and uncooked. Basil pesto is delicious when added to salads or sandwiches. Baked onto a pizza as a topping or eaten with fresh fruits and fresh cheeses, basil is always a great addition. Enjoy a refreshing tomato, nectarine, and mozzarella salad when the basil leaves mature.
Rosemary, a staple of Tuscan-style cooking, is an excellent evergreen shrub for the garden or for the front entrance to a residence or business. Due to its strong taste, this herb is most enjoyable when it is cooked first. Chopped rosemary partnered with garlic makes a delicious meat rub. Infuse flavor into olive oil, honey, or salt to enjoy the flair of Italian flavor in any dish.
Cilantro, an annual flowering herb of the parsley family, originated from South Europe, North Africa, and West Asia. Cultivated in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, cilantro was a popular spice in ancient Egypt and Greece.
Cilantro is an aromatic herb with a robust and expansive flavor. Freshly cut cilantro is a wonderful addition to almost any dish, especially Mexican or Middle Eastern-inspired cuisine. Be sure to include the stems as they deliver a more concentrated flavor than the more commonly used leaves.
A cousin of celery, dill brings a bright spring flavor into the kitchen. The feathery green leaves of the dill weed produce a rich taste that far exceeds that of the dill seed spice. The annual herb precociously replants itself, a characteristic that must be considered when including it in the basic backyard herb garden. Dill seeds are best known for their use in seasoning dill pickles. The delicate dill plant is especially delicious as a garnish for salads and deviled eggs.
Paige Moody, the owner and operator of Arbor Enterprises, is a professional horticulturist and landscape design/build expert. To set up a consultation with a landscape designer about creating a herb garden in the backyard, call Arbor Enterprises at (919) 542-6765.