Herbs can be found growing everywhere in the world, so while some herbs might be considered normal to some, they are exotic to the rest of us. These exotic herbs can be grown both indoors and outdoors, in potted containers that can be placed where they are best suited to the conditions in any one place. For a bright flash of color, succulent leaves with interesting texture and the ability to train their branches, try adding one of these interesting choices to your garden.
Here are few Exotic Herbs to Grow Indoors and Out
The Blue Wattle plant is also known as Mimosa, but not to be confused with the sensitive plant. Common in southern Australia, the mimosa can grow to be a very large tree in its natural environment, but dwarf varieties are able to be potted. The thick bark of the mimosa is what makes it able to withstand the colder months of the year growing in the north, but it will still need to be brought indoors during the fall and winter. Spikes of yellow flowers are edible and can be used to flavor drinks and sauces, as well as to perfume lotions and soaps.
Agave plants are well represented south of the United States, and they are able to be grown in potted containers with the right combination of dry soil that is watered and fertilized regularly. Choose a pot that has a small diameter because the leaves of the agave flare out. If you choose to plant your agave outdoors, do so in warmer climates and in thin, sandy soil that is always well drained.
Jasmine plants are able to be grown all the way up to zone 5 comfortably, but a hard winter can kill the vine before spring comes, so if you want to see your plant next year, put it in a container and bring indoors. Jasmine vines are very woody, create a rich cover of deep green leaves and produce very fragrant white to pink blooms. It is not often thought of as an herb, but it is and it is a very popular choice for fragrances and essential oil. Small varieties can be potted and grown indoors on desks and counters located near a sunny window.
A citrus herb from China, caladomin is added to gardens for its light, bright scent even though the fruit that blooms leaves a lot to be desired. Poor, dry soil is the ideal place to add them to your garden, or to add to your pot if you want to keep it on a patio and bring inside. The caladomin herb tree will thrive even is very dry, hot locales because its leaves are waxy and protect it from moisture loss.
Common to Mexico, epazote is as easy to grow in your herb garden as basil. Best kept in a potted container because it is from the mint family, epazote is an incredible culinary treat if you have never had it before. Pot this in a high container that has well worked soil that is loose and not compact– use a peat moss mixture.