Herbs for Montreal, QC, Canada
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: RĂ©al Ouellette
Posted on: July 13, 2010

Is there a perennial (available as seeds) for zone 3 (Montreal) that is fragrant, or with flowers for most of the summer or could you suggest an herb?

It should go in full or partial sun, be up to 20cm high with a width from 20 to 40 cm.

Since Montreal is on an island with lots of climate altering water near-by and since it also gets an ample snow cover in the winter, we find that plants hardy to zone 5 will survive there.

I would recommend many of the thymes, but especially purple carpet lemon thyme. The thymes are fragrant even when not in bloom. Profusion chives is very pretty. Double or the plain Roman chamomile has a great scent.

To have flowers all summer you will have to stick to annuals. Perennials never flower all summer, but have a flowering period and then gather enough strength to make seeds and still survive the winter.

To find the height and spread of the herbs we offer as well as the zones they are hardy in go to our web-site at www.richters.com, click on "Richters InfoCentre" in the "News&Info" section on the left-hand-side of the home page. Once there click on "Richters Herb Growing Infobase" and type in the name of the plant for which you need the information , or type in "A" and scroll through the whole infobase!

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