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Tessie Asked

I have lots of herbs and amd looking for a white basil that is a perennial, as well as the witch hazel that was recently talked about in Kentucky Living magazine.

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Tessie in Kentucky: There are many varieties of basil and the foliage color ranges from shades of green to purple. Some varieties bloom white while others have lavender flowers, but unfortunately none of them are hardy for those of us gardening in Kentucky. You can, however, over-winter basil indoors if you have a sunny window. I assume you are referring to the culinary basil and not the sun-loving perennial Monarda clinopodia, which is sometimes commonly referred to as white basil-balm. This perennial should be available at your local garden center. You should also be able to find a variety of different witch hazels (Hamamelis virginiana) at your local garden center/nursery. If either of these are plants that they typically do not carry you can ask about having them special ordered for you. In most cases the smaller garden centers do not have to order in such large quantities and are able to order just one or two plants if the growers have them available.

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