arouse holiday memories with herbs

Get the holiday in the garden

Herbs in the garden

By scent, appearance and enjoyment can herbs in all their variations vacation memories come into the garden and rain to experiment in the kitchen one.

As a condiment for meat, pizza and stews to thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is very good. In addition to the benefits as a spice thyme also offers a lot for the eyes and nose. Delicious examples would be both the lemon thyme (Thymus citrodorus) with its intense lemon fragrance, and the fruity orange thyme (Thymus vulgaris ssp. Fragrantissimus).

Try it out and be inspired!

Contents about herbs as Urlaubserinnerung

  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Lemon thyme (Thymus citrodorus) and orange thyme (Thymus vulgaris ssp. Fragrantissimus)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • Mojito as minty holiday drink
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis)

When planting should be taken to ensure that they are planting in a spot where they can develop quickly. For the rapid and extensive development is a feature of these plants. Alternatively, it is also possible to plant them in a pot, because there it grows well.

Also, sage (Salvia officinalis) is comfortable with soothing ingredients using different leaf colorings such as the green-yellow variety Icterina a real eye-catcher due to the interesting color effects.

Many herbs, such as lavender, rosemary, oregano and lemon balm, can be planted both in the garden and in pots to delight all the senses.

As a rule, the herbs prefer an airy location with sufficient sunlight. These factors lead to a more intense flavor, prevents waterlogging and thus makes for a better winter hardiness of plants.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

thyme plantThyme is an aromatic and medicinal plant.

This plant smells spicy and year after year is the summer small delicate pink flowers from which can be harvested until winter. These sheets can now be processed into pie spice or tea.

Curative effect and origin

However thyme is not just a spice plant, but also a medicinal plant. His main area in terms of healing and relief ranging breathing. It also helps in gynecology and to calm the nervous system.

Serving thyme tea for sore throat is prepared as follows to: a teaspoon thyme poured over with 4.1 liters of boiling water and allowed to brew the tea for 5 minutes.

Finally, you can sweeten with honey it as needed.

Claims and cultivation

Its origin is this important plant in the Mediterranean countries. In the 11th century, however, he was taken by the Benedictine monks to Europe and from now grown there. Up to 40cm of this herb is high and can covered a half square meters depending on the space and environment.

The perfect location for the Thymus vulgaris is a place in the sun in fairly dry, permeable and humus soil. It should also play a sheltered spot. Originally, the thyme was not hardy, but now there are some ways that the cold does not matter very much, such as the German winter.

If you want to grow it yourself, you should plant it in spring in pots. As earth should potting soil, ideally mixed with a little sand, are used. The seeds are then inserted into 2 cm depth into the damp earth. At the time of germination time the earth must always be moist to guarantee for good growth. then subsequently germinate after 2-3 weeks small thyme plants.

At a size of about 10 cm, they can be transplanted into the garden or into larger pots.

Lemon thyme (Thymus citrodorus) and orange thyme (Thymus vulgaris ssp. Fragrantissimus)

Orange thyme plantThyme comes in many flavors and colors.

Nominally smells of lemon thyme pleasant citrus. Also this plant is, of course, used as a spice and in medicine. However, the lemon thyme is also an important ornamental plant that is very much taken on the balcony, in rock gardens and in plant trays.

Of the orange thyme growing shrub with gray, needle-like leaves. He has an unusually fruity spicy aroma and is winter hardy, unlike other varieties. This Thymianart is one of the most popular and intensievsten spices in the kitchen and can be processed into a delicious tasting tea.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

MinzpflanzePeppermint flowers in June with bright pink flowers.

Since ancient times, the mint is used in Europe and Asia. There are different types of mint, such as peppermint, Japanese corn mint and water mint.

Peppermint is the most famous mint variety, especially because of the herbal teas, which can also likes to drink when you're not sick. It is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. Peppermint is also a much sought after medicinal herb. It helps, for example, for stomach and intestinal problems, headaches and migraines. Its essential oil triggers spasms and muscle tension.

Peppermint grows easily in our gardens, and comes back every year. Peppermint is related to the mint that arose spontaneously in England in the 17th century. They are hardy, herbaceous plants that rapidly multiply by underground runners.

Peppermint is 50 cm to 90 cm high. The most bare stem is often undermined purple. Bloom time is for the peppermint in June. then it forms white-pink flowers.

Mojito as minty holiday drink

Mojito cocktail in glassThe Mojito is a Cuban original drink with rum.

Mojito, the national drink of Cuba is always the perfect summer night drink. Fresh mint (Mentha piperita) gives the Mojito a very special flavor.

ingredients:

  • 6-8 fresh mint leaves
  • 5 cl rum (Havana Club)
  • 2.5 cl lime juice
  • 3 bar spoon cane sugar
  • Crushed Ice
  • 4 cl soda

preparation:

Add the lime juice along with the brown sugar and the mint leaves in a highball glass and stir together and crush slightly to release the flavors and dissolve the sugar. Then fill the glass with crushed ice and pour rum. May still fill up with soda water.

Serve the drink with a straw. When decorating a slice of lemon can be used at the glass edge next to the sprig of fresh mint in glass. Finish is the refreshing cocktail!

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

sage plantSage is a popular herb with a pleasant aroma.

Home he is in Mediterranean areas, with us but he also thrives well. Earlier sage was greatly appreciated, since it can be applied in many areas.

Sage is a good and popular medicinal plant, it affects, for example, antiperspirant, against any inflammation and is especially for sore throat the way to improvement. Then he is taken in the form of candy or enjoyed as a tea. 

Features and claims

Sage is a perennial shrub. The color of its soft to felted leaves change to the seasons. In the spring they are gray-green, while until spring assume the autumn a silvery color.

The light violet lip bloom shows the plant in mid-May or June, which also provide a bitter and camphor-like odor. However, there are now also types in other colors, such as blue sage (Salvia nemorosa), light up the flowers in bright blue. Due to the striking and beautiful flowers of sage is often used as an ornamental plant. Therefore, he was even declared in 2003 by the Association of German perennials gardener perennial of the year.

This important medicinal plant prefers dry, rocky and often calcareous soils, as well as plenty of sunlight and mild winters, as they originated in warm areas.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

rosemary plantThe rosemary preferred as Mediterranean plant in sun.

Rosemary finds its origin such as thyme and sage in the Mediterranean and is therefore not very hardy. It should always be planted in a sheltered and sunny place. Mainly it grows warm, slightly calcareous soils with plenty of humus.

This plant is a perennial shrub and dense plant with evergreen leaves and gorgeous, light blue stemmed flowers. The floral display shows here in Germany from March to May

the Lippenblüter as a spice and medicinal plant are used. For example, the plant for rheumatism, digestive disorders and pain nerves is used. However, one should do without them during pregnancy.

As a spice plant can give poultry and meat a special flavor. Rosemary potatoes and Rosemary taste excellent with the spicy touch.

Experts suggest a name coming from the Latin: ros marinus stands for "Dew of the sea"And rosemary bushes actually thrive on the shores of the Mediterranean. At night, the dew on the flowers, making a fantastic spectacle created in Sunrise collects.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

oregano plantThe flavor intensity of oregano depends on the climate.

Plate of oregano is pronounced, herb aromatic smell and taste. The dried herb is often more flavourful than thyme, oregano, therefore, is still respected when used as a spice.

However, the intensity of the flavor can vary: For a warm climate leads to an almost deafening strong, unique taste. however, oregano cool growing areas has an unsatisfactory flavor.

Origin and characteristics

Originally native oregano the Mediterranean. Of course, he is now grown for its unique flavor in very many areas. Oregano preferably calcareous subsoil and warm locations. He likes to grow in dry, open forests, on sunny slopes and in hedges or on lean and dry grasslands.

Oregano is evident not only in its strong smell, but also to oval, short-stemmed deciduous leaves, which expire narrow and in a variety of pink violet, rarely whitish flowers, which are crowded together in spherical Scheinrispen.

As a perennial plant oregano is always very welcome. It has in addition to the stunning odor of the crop at the same time an ornament for the garden.

Melissa (Melissa officinalis)

melissa plantMelissa is a perennial plant with intense citrus fragrance.

Originally, the balm comes from southern European countries. But for many years it is grown here as well as a medicinal plant with us due to their high significance. It was already compulsory in the Middle Ages to grow them in order to avoid extinction of the species and to have many plants available for physical ailments.

Often, the balm is called because of its citrusy fragrance lemon balm. Since the balm gives a fruity smell, it is particularly suitable as a relaxing tea. This tea has a calming effect and helps to let go and unwind. However, they found a higher importance as diverse medicinal plant. Their main area is the calming of the nervous system or the calming effect in general.

Features and claims

Melissa is a perennial, herbaceous, perennial herbaceous plant with bright green foliage leaves and about 1 cm white, yellowish or bluish, short-stalked flowers. These show their splendor until the second year after planting, then it blooms from July to August.

The plant exudes a very fruity lemon scent. They sweetened their surroundings in the garden and pampers the senses. In the garden they should not be planted in dry soil terrace nearby, so you can genießem the fragrance.

In addition, Melissa prefers a sunny and windgecshützten location. Even as a pot plant on the windowsill they can thrive.

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