Take a step into any herb garden at the height of summer, and the first thing you'll probably notice is the pungent smell of dill in bloom. Look around, and you'll quickly see the large, umbrella-shaped flowers poking out over the other plants, adding a subtle touch of yellow to the mix. Snip off a stem, and add it to a floral bouquet to make the perfect filler.
Although dill won't last as long in a vase as the other herbs, it's such a breeze to grow that you can keep one in bloom all summer. Scatter the seeds in a garden bed, and keep the soil moist until germination. Thin the seedlings to one plant every 2 feet. In a few weeks, with full sun, the seedlings will begin producing flower stalks. Let one or two go to seed for a continuous supply of new dill.
This article is from the May 2005 issue of Southern Living.