Zone 3 Herb Suggestions
Answered by: Inge Poot and Conrad Richter
Question from: Ron & Shirley Pickup
Posted on: March 2, 1999

We would like to put a herb garden in. We are in zone 3. This would be mainly for cooking herbs. We have area of about 6 feet by 15 feet. Could you make some recommendations to us? We are a new to herbs gardening couple.

Although many popular herbs are not winter hardy in zone 3, there is no reason why many can’t be grown as annuals. We do that with many vegetables such as tomatoes, and flowers such as petunias and geraniums, so why not with herbs such as thyme, oregano, and lemon balm, which are not likely to survive your winter. These grow quickly enough in one season to get a good harvest in most parts of the country.

Then, of course, there are the annual cooking herbs, such as basil and summer savory, which grow easily and can be grown in any zone. These herbs have an "A" opposite the latin name in the catalogue.

All of the herbs in the Richters Gift Collection of Live Herbs (item no. P7400) and in the Cultivate Your Cooking Culinary Herb Garden seed collection (item no. S7500) will grow in zone 3 as summer annuals.

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