This not so much a green guide as a suggestion that a plant can be a good choice for a gift. In fact this article concerns herbs which are recommended as “a gift that keeps on giving”. The article makes suggestions for three groups of people, gardeners, chefs and “Friends with black thumbs”. While twelve herbs are listed for the gardeners and ten for the chefs, only six are deemed suitable for the black thumbs. The information comes from Anna Burke over at Dave’s Garden website.

Herbs make the perfect gift choice for gardeners, chefs and even loved ones without a green thumb. These attractive plants are aromatic and practical, offering culinary and medicinal uses for every home. Choosing the right herbal gift can be tricky. Let this herbal gift guide help you make the right choice this holiday season.

Choosing The Perfect Herb For The Gardener

Giving a gardener a plant is a recognition of their passion and shows your appreciation for the friendship you share. Herbs provide tasteful, aromatic plantings for ornamental gardens and offer a culinary treat for the vegetable gardener. Some gardeners enjoy making herbal teas and remedies with their herbs. You might even find yourself the beneficiary of a handmade herbal sachet in future holidays if you gift the right herbs to your gardening friends.
Here are the best herbs to give as gifts for gardeners this year.

11 Herbs For Vegetable Gardeners

Vegetable gardeners appreciate useful herbs. They want herbs that complement their fresh produce, like:

  1. Basil
  2. Dill
  3. Chives
  4. Coriander
  5. Parsley
  6. Mint
  7. Thyme
  8. Sage
  9. Tarragon
  10. Oregano
  11. Rosemary

Depending on where your gardener friend lives, these plants might need to spend the winter indoors. Take a moment to read up on the herb’s cold tolerance. If your climate is too cold for the herb, put in in an attractive pot. That way your friend can keep it indoors or in a greenhouse during the cold months.

12 Herbs For Ornamental Gardeners

Ornamental gardeners appreciate aromatic herbs and herbs that attract beneficial insects. Many of these herbs boast interesting textures and attractive blossoms. Here are 12 herbs that bring subtle beauty to the garden, occupying sometimes difficult to fill niches:

  1. Lemon balm
  2. Lavender
  3. Thyme
  4. Chamomile
  5. Sage
  6. Catmint
  7. Sweet cicely
  8. Dill
  9. Anise hyssop
  10. Garlic chives
  11. Borage
Try and choose a plant that is suitable for your friend’s climate. You can put it in a pot until spring, but the ornamental gardener in your life will want to incorporate your herb into their garden design.
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