9 Hard-to-Find Herbs and Veggies and Where to Buy Them in Metro Phoenix
Kate Crowley Try growing something new this spring.
If you're visiting local nurseries in hopes of picking up new starter plants for your garden, you're typically confronted with an array of tomatoes, peppers, and basil. But this spring, follow our lead and try planting something new and different. We love rosemary, lavender, and zucchini as much as the next person, but Phoenix has some great places to shop for something new. Read on for some fresh ideas.
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Right now, Baker's Nursery has many different items including Red Rubin basil and large leaf french sorrel. Red rubin basil is actually purple and has a more solid purple color than "amethyst" basil. It has a stronger flavor than sweet basil -- of course, everyone loves purple pesto. Sorrel isn't commonly found at your local grocers, but it's a great herb in salads or to flavor salmon.
Kate Crowley Salt and pepper cucumber is a very stylish choice.
Pineapple sage, also available at Baker's, has a great scent and its leaves sort of resemble a mini pineapple plant. Hummingbird and butterflies love its flower. It's always a good idea to plant sage as it is a hard-to-kill perennial, and this one is especially pretty.