Welcoming an Old Friend: Lemon Verbena — 10 Comments

  1. Is it a perennial? I’ve got lemon balm somewhere in that mint forest of mine, but I’ve never been quite sure how to use it. I’ve been thinking I should do an inventory of the herbs I’ve grown so I can give more thought on how to use them, growing them differently, etc. Now you’ve got me thinking that lemon balm might be nice in blueberry jam…or even strawberry, for that matter. Thanks, Van!

    Also, why sheep manure?

    • Lemon verbena is a tropical perennial. Its flavour and aroma are a little more vivid than lemon balm, but the texture is a little coarser. Lemon balm and blueberry jam is an excellent idea.

      I don’t know why sheep manure. I didn’t do any research on the advantages of different types. My partner and I are both serious fibre crafters so we have a fondness for sheep. I can get free chicken bedding from a friend, but it requires driving half an hour, while the nursery is right around the corner. Do you have a preference?

    • Joan, my friend in Hobart, Tasmania says lemon verbena can over-winter there in a frost protected area. Might conditions be as favourable for you?

  2. It’s one of the herbs I bought, and with some of the more exotic mints will go into pots outdoors and come into the plant room next winter. I’m going to try keeping strawberry mint and pineapple mint this winter, and I just found some pineapple sage today.

    • Those all sound nice, Sue Ann. Pineapple sage is another one of my favourites and I would have bought it but it did not turn up at the local garden centre.

  3. I adore the fragrance of lemon verbena. It will grow here in frost-protected spots but is another plant that will have to wait until I’m staying put for a while. I might have to but in some lemon balm this coming spring though!

    • There’s no chance of lemon verbena surviving the winters here, and it doesn’t winter indoors very happily, so I tend to treat it as an annual. Maybe it doesn’t even belong in a sustainable landscape, but I expect to bend the rules for a handful of favourite plants.

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