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Beautiful and Unique Varieties of Common Herbs

These prettier versions of common herbs don’t sacrifice taste for looks

Fine Gardening – Issue 155
Ask most gardeners what their gateway plant was and I’ll bet money that they’ll say it was something edible. There’s something about growing your own food that brings newbies over to the green side. My starter plant? Basil. I was tired of buying sad, wilted, yellowing leaves jammed into tiny plastic containers at the grocery store—and paying too much for them. There had to be a better way. That spring, I bought a terra-cotta pot and a little sweet basil plant, and I parked the planting on the sunny front stoop of my apartment. The rest is history.

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