Newbie question: annual, perennial and shrub herbs

toffee1October 7, 2010

I am in San Francisco Bay Area, z9a, Sunset 15. I am a newbie and trying to learn to grow herbs. For my area, should I understand:

Annual:

Basil

Thai Basil

Oregano

Green onion

Cilantro

Perennials:

Lemon Grass?

Stevia?

Thyme?

Mint?

Shrub

Bay Leaves

Lavender

Rosemary

Do I get them right?

By the way, the check box on "Check here if you would like copies of follow-ups to your message emailed to you." never worked for me, does it work for you guys?

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I guess I'm not following what you are asking about. Are you asking if these are good herbs for your area?

I don't use the email check box so I can't tell you if it works or not.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 4:08PM
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toffee1

fatamorgana, I am seeking input to verify that my understanding is correct.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 8:10PM
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MGPinSavannah

I can't really give you a whole lot of information about things in your area, but I can tell you that oregano is certainly a perennial here in Savannah, as is thyme. My rosemary is certainly a shrub. Basil is an annual. Parsley is a biennial, and most folks treat it as an annual. I'll sometimes let it grow through the second year and go to seed, as I've gotten little "volunteers" that way. Dill is an annual, and you can use both the leaves and the seeds.

And I'm with you on the e-mail issue. I have never gotten an e-mail notification of a reply to anything I've ever posted. Which sucks.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 7:58PM
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anestforallseasons_yahoo_com

Green onions and bronze fennel are perennials here in my zone 6 garden...I've heard that cilantro can come back after a mild winter too...

Everything else looks right on your list!

http://www.anestforallseasons.blogspot.com

    Bookmark   June 9, 2011 at 10:17AM
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chickenfreak(7)

I gardened in the Bay Area until recently. I would reshuffle these to the following, and I also added some:

Annual:
Basil
Thai Basil
Cilantro
Chervil
Parsley (technically a biennial.)
Dill

Perennials:
Thyme
Mint
Chives
Garlic Chives

Subshrub:
Sage
Oregano
Lavender
Marjoram

Shrub:
Bay Leaves
Rosemary

Other:
Green onion - I'd call these a vegetable, not an herb, but they are annual.
Lemon Grass - Perennial, except I think that even Bay Area winters freeze it.

Stevia, I don't know.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 2:58AM
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