The classic herb of summer, basil brings fragrance, beauty, and flavor to any garden. Used fresh, it makes delicious pestos and is an ideal partner for homegrown tomatoes. Plus, it thrives in the South with little care.
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Basil and Garlic Chive Container Garden
Don't let a lack of space or your geography keep you from planting. Herbs love growing in containers. Start by planting one or two pots with basil and garlic chives to build your confidence, and then proceed from there.
4 of 6Photo: Helen Norman
Update a container with the elegant twist of an herb topiary. Plant it in a galvanized pail combined with single herbs in tiny terra-cotta pots. Not only will the display be party-ready, but also you'll have fresh herbs at your fingertips.
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Cilantro, Parsley, and Chives Garden
Transplants of cilantro, parsley, and chives are at their best in late winter months, both in containers and in the ground. Plant them in a shallow box, as pictured, and use them as an outdoor centerpiece.