The herb border has its charms as well as its uses: it is usually a pleasant, aromatic spot, where one loves to linger. The complete herb garden will contain the following, and perhaps some others: Angelica, Balm, Bush and Sweet Basil, Borage, Chervil, Chives, Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Horehound, Hyssop, Lavender, Malloy Pot Marigold, Sweet Marjoram, Mint, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Purslane, Rampion, Rosemary, Rue, Sage, Summer and Winter Savory, Skirret, Sorrel, Tarragon, Common and Lemon Thyme, and Wormwood. Nearly all may be raised from seed in spring, and others, such as Lavender, Mint, Sage, and Thyme, can be quickly propagated by cuttings.
The smallest garden should contain its quota of herbs, Mint, Parsley, Sage, and Thyme being regarded as indispensables. Frequently they are thrust away into a corner, and allowed to look after themselves. This is unfortunate. If possible a bed should be made, and the Parsley will come in admirably for bordering it. Mint is easily propagated by cuttings, and it is best to establish a fresh stock at times, and clear out the old; for the plant runs so freely at the root that it greatly impoverishes the soil. Moreover, it is often attacked by a disease called rust, and frequent renewal is, therefore, additionally advisable.
Parsley will generally stand the winter, but it is advisable to sow a fresh row, or rows, every year, as second season rows frequently run to seed. Some beautifully curled strains are now offered by our leading seedsmen.
Sage is readily propagated by cuttings of the young growing shoots in early summer. Common Thyme is easily increased by division in spring. Lemon Thyme is not quite so hardy, and in cold places is best lifted and potted in autumn, and cuttings struck in spring. Where it stands the winter it may be increased by division in spring.