Garden Photo of the Day

A handsome basil for the annual border

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Here’s another cool plant at the University of Tennessee Research Center in Jackson. It’s a basil with highly ruffled, crinkled leaves (Ocimum basilicum ‘Green Ruffles’, annual). Compared to the standard basil you’ll find in 6-packs in the garden center, it’s highly ornamental (though the pesto potential of a stand of regular basil makes it exceptionally beautiful to me. Come to think of it, regular basil is gorgeous, too. Oh, you know what I mean.) Burpee’s got seeds. Go get ’em!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. DreamGardener 04/29/2011

    so, is this not as yummy as regular basil?

  2. ncgardener 04/29/2011

    Hmmm, never thought about using it in as a border plant. Interesting!

  3. nadwa 04/29/2011

    Ilike basil .

  4. sheilaschultz 04/29/2011

    Considering edibles are the hot trend for containers this year, this would be a fun addition as the filler... especially for balconies!

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