Top three herbs that survive cold, snowy winters

Many of our favorite culinary herbs come from Mediterranean climates, where dry conditions and mild winters are the norm. In colder northern or mountain climates, herbs such as lavender, rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano limp through the winter, if they survive at all. Locations with cold, snowy winters they are best treated as garden annuals, or grown in a pot and brought indoors once cold weather hits. There are a quite a few temperate climate herbs that are naturally adapted to such conditions. Here are three of the most robust, all available at Bylands.

Winter Savoury (Satureja montana)

A strongly flavoured herb typically used in soups and meat dishes, this tiny semi-evergreen shrub grows just 12 inches (30cm) tall and can be harvested from beneath the snow. It is hardy to about -30° C and needs full sun, but only minimal summer irrigation.

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

This herb, which is technically a biennial (lives for two years), is for more than just decoration on the plate—try it on soups, salads, omelets and other savory dishes. It thrives in cold, wet weather, and will survive temperatures down to at least -30° C. Parsley likes full sun and needs regular irrigation in summer.

Mint (Mentha Species)

There are many types of mint with flavours ranging from the cool smooth feel of a breath freshener to hints of apples, lemon and chocolate. All thrive in damp conditions and most tolerate temperatures down to around -40° C. Mints grow best in part sun and require regular irrigation in summer.

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 Guest post by Darren - Bylands Key Account Sales

I am originally from Edmonton but relocated to Kelowna in 2011. Most recently is was working for Danone where I was the Business Development Manager and was responsible for promotional plans, in store displays and business reviews. I studied at the University of Alberta whilst working at Greenland Garden Centre.  This sparked my interest in the horticultural industry.