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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrianag View Post
    There are varieties of rosemary that do well in colder areas. I had a 5' tall plant in Northern Virginia.
    Depends on your definition of cold. I call anything below 0F cold. We generally see -20F here every year. I don't know of any varieties of rosemary that will tolerate that.

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    Scallions are pretty easy to grow. We grew a ton of them when I lived in Scotland. Never tried growing leeks though.

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    I live in SE Texas so what works for me may not work for those further North.

    Our temperatures range from 23 degrees in the Winter to around 105 in August/September. What I have found to be the hardiest herbs for this climate are:

    Rosemary - my Rosemary bushes are HUGE
    Oregano (Italian)
    Garlic Chives
    Spearmint (OMG, it's taking over!!)
    Basil
    Bay Laurel tree

    I have not had much luck with Cilantro, Dill, Thyme, Tarragon or Sage.

    Also, if you like Ginger, throw leftover ginger root in the ground and it will grow. The root can get a bit tough, but the leaves are fragrant and are great for seasoning, especially in soups or stews. Fennel grows well here too, but the caterpillars will eat it all. However, so worth it because they turn into beautiful Black Monarch Butterflies.

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    I always put out a a couple big pot for herbs in the spring. The thyme comes back every year without replanting, I replant seedling of everything else--basil, chives, marjoram, parsley, cilantr--in these huge clay pots and keep in a sunny location. A weekly soaking usually keeps them doing well until it is very hot, then a little more. I've not done lemongrass.
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    iirc, certain varieties of onions do quite well in the cold north. i'm told buffalo is a good variety, and apparently green onions are quite hardy. garlic is as well.

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    Onions are sensitive to day length. You need to be sure to get a variety that's compatible with your latitude.

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    There are lots of herbs and even some spices that taste somewhat lemon-y, and work as a substitute for lemongrass. Lemongrass can also be frozen (freezing screws up the texture, but that's not really what you use lemongrass for most of the time).

    Lemongrass grows like a weed where I am, but I'm in the subtropics (it likes the shade under my banana palms).
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    Quote Originally Posted by gordo View Post
    Depends on your definition of cold. I call anything below 0F cold. We generally see -20F here every year. I don't know of any varieties of rosemary that will tolerate that.

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    I agree that is too cold for rosemary!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doddibot View Post
    There are lots of herbs and even some spices that taste somewhat lemon-y, and work as a substitute for lemongrass. Lemongrass can also be frozen (freezing screws up the texture, but that's not really what you use lemongrass for most of the time).

    Lemongrass grows like a weed where I am, but I'm in the subtropics (it likes the shade under my banana palms).
    You are right; I forgot about lemonbalm, which I grew a few years back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrianag View Post
    Basil - easy, needs good sun, at leadt 6 hours, will not overwinter
    Thyme - slooooow growing, will die if overwatered
    Huh. so I shouldn't have planted those two together, with the oregano in the middle? No wonder the basil is the only one still alive!
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