You're probably thinking that basil is just that, basil. A part of the summer herb garden that is not necessarily worth mentioning. In many cases this is true, basil growing in the garden may be used for flavor or neglected because it is lacking in fragrance or taste.
Not so with the new cultivar, Greek Columnar basil, released in 2012 by Bonnie plants. This prolific little plant with a small upright form is a joy to the sense of smell. If you've not purchased one yet, be sure to pick one up at your local Bonnie retailer or get a cutting from a friend.
In addition to the fantastic scent, the tidy form of this plant encourages container planting. Information supplied by the grower says Greek Columnar basil reaches 3 feet in height. I transplanted my specimen into a six inch pot and its multi-stemmed habit measures at just 18 inches now. It has stayed compact and filled in by regular pinching of the new, top growth.
And those small pinchings, sometimes accidentally forgotten when laid on soil in another container, have taken a life of their own. A double set of leaves is now a single, bushy 4 inch plant and the single set of leaves I laid in my herb container has become established. The most prolific and ready to grow herb I have experienced, with a taste that is sweet enough to use in drinks and desserts.
Care of Greek basil
Greek Columnar basil needs a well-draining and fertile soil for optimum performance. Plant it in a full sun location. Include it in your herb garden, container garden or as a single container planting near a doorway so you can enjoy the provocative fragrance.
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