Most are self-published and are the perfect source for beginners, experienced gardeners, and collectors alike. You can browse through the many catalogues available to find everything you need to get started. You will find everything from planting instructions to how to care for your new plants. Most catalogues offer catalogues for local areas as well as national listings.
Many catalogues contain a section devoted to exotic plants. These plants are not as common in regular grocery stores, but may be more difficult to find. These catalogues include rare varieties, or they may describe them differently. For example, a seed for a tropical plant would have a different description than one for a temperate variety. Some catalogues also describe the type of climate that is best for your type of gardening. This may be helpful if you live in a location that is frequently afflicted by harsh weather.
There are also descriptions of which varieties should be planted where. This is important if you are starting a garden and want to know what to plant where. If your climate is extremely warm for part of the year, do not plant a shade tolerant plant near a hardiness variety that experiences cold winters. Another important note to make when planning to plant is that perennials are best planted in the spring. Perennial herbs and vegetables will keep growing throughout the year.
Herb gardening catalogues offer a wide variety of herbs. Most catalogues are sold by county extension offices or state department of Agriculture Extension Service. Many catalogues also have separate pages for herbs that grow indoors and herbs that grow outdoors. Indoor herbs are those that grow in pots and need to be indoors, while outdoor herbs are those that grow outdoors and can be moved outside should the situation call for it.
Most catalogues list both annuals and perennials. Both are useful for any garden, but perennials add an additional touch of color and continuity to a garden. Once planted, they grow and bloom for many years. They are much easier to maintain than annuals, which need to be watched closely during their growth cycles.
Herb gardens can be as large or as small as you desire them to be. A full-sized garden can take many hours of work, and often times the effort does not pay off. A small, compact planter can house many different kinds of herbs, from simple culinary herbs to potted herbs for the home. Planters also look attractive and provide a place for herbs to hide during the hot summer months.
When purchasing a planter, be sure to check out the catalogues carefully. Some plans offer many containers so that herbs can be grown in an array of containers such as Terra cotta, old-growth oak, or potted herbs in baskets.
When shopping for herbs, it is important to remember that most herbs do well when planted in pots. Pots should be selected based on their drainage, soil fertility, and the amount of sun they need. Some herbs do better when planted in large planters, while others do best in small containers. Also, be sure to check out the care instructions on each planter and follow them closely. Herbs are very easy to grow, but careful planning and a bit of research will help make your herb garden a success.