Pot perennial herbs for winter use

Rosemary, sage and thyme are perfect to grow near the house.

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Herbs are used a great deal in recipes and cooking all year round. Through the summer months there’s a large selection or annual and perennials herbs that can be grown and picked fresh from the garden, but in winter the choice is limited. However, hardy, evergreen herbs such as rosemary, thyme and sage are perfect for growing over the winter for use in the kitchen to add flavour to seasonal dishes. When growing herbs for winter use, it’s handy to have them in containers that can be arranged or grouped together by the house, so that when you want a sprig of thyme for some stuffing or some rosemary to use with lamb, you don’t have to go right out into the garden to pick them.

At this time of the year you can often buy sturdy herb plants that are perfect for potting into slightly larger individual pots that can be grouped together, or for planting into a larger container to create a mini herb garden. When stood outside in a sunny, sheltered position they should be fine over the winter, but if the weather does turn very cold and frosty, bringing them into a conservatory or greenhouse will keep them fresh and growing, meaning you can pick from them right the way through the winter months.