3 Perennial Herbs for Spring Green in the Garden

comments (11) March 22nd, 2016

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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The container of walking onions deserves its nickname of winter onions.
Chives planted in a container makes for a reliable perennial herb.
The container of perennial lemon balm is a good return on a gardeners investment.
The container of walking onions deserves its nickname of winter onions.Click To Enlarge

The container of walking onions deserves its nickname of winter onions.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Spring is slow to get started in my neck of the woods, so it's a treat to see anything green in the garden during March. The snowstorms may be unpredictable, but I can always count on these three perennial herbs to show up early and stay late.

The added bonus to these three herbs is they grow in containers. That's no small feat for an area that gets subzero temperatures during winter. 

The three dependable perennial herbs include:

Walking onions. It's easy to see why these onions are also called "winter onions." The container of onion plants overwintered nicely in a container located near the garden bed.

Chives. I planted the container of chives many years ago, but it's still going strong. The chives are the first green herbs to show up in my container garden, and they produce tender leaves through the season. It won't be long until the purple flowers are in bloom and attracting bees and other pollinators into the garden.

Lemon balm. I was surprised to see the lemon balm plant return again this season. The lemon balm in the garden is perennial, but this was the first time to see the lemony leaves are perennial in a container, too. This herb is high on my list for return on investment.

Do you have any perennial herbs that do well in your garden? Please share your favorites here. 


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Comments (11)

ShakolGopter writes: Love this piece
Posted: 4:25 am on October 13th
Riffithenson writes: I love spring season
Posted: 2:25 am on August 31st
Ayakazudango writes: I just love herbs because it's really great for health
Posted: 2:05 am on July 29th
PromoPeople writes: Beautiful
Posted: 1:07 pm on June 22nd
Dezvynd writes: a couple more perennial herbs would be Oregano, Mint & Thyme! I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania and those 3 herbs come back bigger and better every spring :D
Posted: 8:28 am on June 16th
EllieCarroll writes: Lovely!
Posted: 9:14 am on April 25th
evanlynn writes: Nice..
Posted: 5:33 am on April 12th
ryanaiden writes: Great post.. Thanks for this amazing article ..
Posted: 5:01 am on March 31st
thestephan writes: Great work
Posted: 6:15 am on March 25th
tinyelephant543 writes: Onions look almost like aloe vera. Besides, I am so fed up with winter cold. Cannot we have some spring already?
Posted: 6:13 am on March 23rd
stewardMblake writes: Another great post by Jodi. Keep the good work up!
Posted: 3:25 am on March 23rd
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