3. Sweet Cicely
Sweet cicely is well known for having an aniseed flavor and taste. It also has sweetening properties and as such it works well as a way of sweetening food, especially for people trying to reduce sugar intake. The plant is also an attractive addition to an herb garden due to the small white flowers that it produces and the way that these flowers are produced early in the season. Sweet cicely works well in beds and in borders for gardens. It is also particularly valuable as it is one of the first nectar plants to flower in the spring, which makes it very relevant for attracting pollinators to the garden.
2. Chinese Mustard AKA Mustard Greens
Mustard greens come from the cruciferous vegetables family and like other members of this family they are very significant in terms of nutrients. For example, the greens are high in vitamins K, A and C, as well as minerals like copper and manganese. The greens are also commonly used as an herb and pair well with meals that are rich or creamy. The ability to use mustard greens as either a leafy vegetable or as an herb makes this a very versatile plant and a great addition to any garden.
Borage also has the name starflower for its pretty blue flowers that have the shape of a star. Occasionally other flower colors are also observed, including both white and pink flowers. The species is native to the Mediterranean and it is also becoming especially common in gardens within Europe. While the most prevalent use of the plant is in producing seed oil, the herb itself does have significant culinary roles. When used as an herb, the leaves from this plant tend to be dried and they impart a cucumber-like aroma to meals.