How to Grow French Tarragon: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus var ‘Sativa’). French tarragon is a strongly aromatic perennial herb, hardy to Zone 4, and a staple in French cuisine. The French variety (var. ‘Sativa’) is considered to have a better flavour than Russian Tarragon (Artemisia…

How to Grow French Sorrel: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus). Sorrel is a short-lived perennial, hardy to Zone 4. Sorrel is grown for its tart, citrusy-flavoured leaves used raw in salads or cooked like spinach, and forms the basis of the famous French sorrel soup. Cultivation:…

How to Grow Fennel: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Fennel, like its close relative dill, is grown for its frond-like leaves, which are harvested and used fresh (especially in fish dishes) and for its seeds, which have many uses in the kitchen. All fennel varieties are…

How to Grow Dill: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Dill (Anethum graveolens). Dill is an annual herb grown for its fine thread-like leaves (dill-weed) and for its seeds. Both leaves and seeds are used commonly in Scandinavian cooking. Depending on the variety, dill may grow to 120 centimetres tall.…

How to Grow Cilantro/Coriander: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Cilantro/coriander (Coriandrum sativum). Cilantro is an annual leafy herb, growing up to 30 centimetres tall. Plants are also grown for their roots and seeds, which are commonly known as coriander. The leaves are frequently used in Latin cuisine and the…

How to Grow Chervil: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium). Chervil is a relatively hardy annual with a delicate anise flavour, indispensable in French fines herbes. Chervil is best used fresh or frozen and does not dry well. Cultivation: Sow chervil seeds in the garden or in…

How to Grow Bay: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Bay (Laurus nobilis). Bay, also known as sweet bay, is a slow growing evergreen perennial native to the Mediterranean region, whose fresh or dried leaves are used in soups or stews. Bay is not hardy in Ontario and is therefore…

How to Grow Basil: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Basil (Ocimum basilicum). Basil is a tender annual herb valued in many cuisines. There are several different cultivars of basil, the ones with purple leaves being especially ornamental. Cultivation:  Classic Genovese basil may grow 60 centimetres tall or more, while…

Arithmeum Plant

To: Master Gardeners Subject: Arithmeum Plant I bought a Mauve/Purple Arithmeum Plant near the end of the winter – it bloomed for a very long time. New leaves appear regularly. It seems to like the spot it is in as…