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Arbor Gate's Picks
of the Month


Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
Bell Pepper Basil (Ocimum selloi)

The Arbor Gate's monthly 'Herb Picks' for 2014 honor the memory of Madalene Hill and celebrate her pioneering work in bringing herbs to all the gardeners of the Gulf South (and beyond).... Read More >

Snow Storm Beautyberry

Callicarpa japonica 'Snow Storm' This dramatic addition to the beautyberry family is a knock out with stunning white-cream-green variegated foliage, clusters of pink flowers in the summer and loads of rose-purple berries... Read More >

‘Skinners’ Banana Shrub Michelea skinneriana

A superior form of the standard Banana Shrub. It's an outstanding evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green foliage, and famous for it's uniquely shaped yellow flowers that have a wonderful banana fragrance!... Read More >

Tea Bush – Melochia tomentosa

A small, shrubby perennial from the chocolate family. It averages 2' and is covered with clusters of beautiful, small, bright pink flowers that bloom practically non-stop spring through fall. It is drought... Read More >

Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
Bay Laurel

(laurus nobilis) Each month during 2016, my Herb Picks will be accompanied by a myth or other tale that has come down to us through the centuries, as well as some useful... Read More >

Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
East Indian Lemon Grass

When I first planted East Indian Lemon Grass, a four-inch sized plant, I had absolutely NO IDEA how big it would eventually be! I placed it ever so carefully in a corner... Read More >

Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
Lemon Balm

Gardening in the shade is a great idea this time of year. And Lemon Balm will thrive in your darkest garden spot. This wonderful spreading evergreen, akin to mint, has many culinary... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
A-Mulching We Will Go

By Ann McCormick Now's the time to mulch your marigolds, mums, and marjoram. Pound for pound, it's the best thing anyone can do for their garden. In spring it minimizes the number... Read More >

December Recipes

Rosemary mule 2 oz. Ginger beer 2 oz. Vodka ½ oz. Rosemary simple syrup ½ oz. Cranberry juice Cranberries, frozen Rosemary sprigs Rosemary Syrup: 8 oz. Water 8 oz. Sugar 2 Rosemary... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
Skullcap, an American Native

Branch out in your garden this spring and grow one of the skullcap herb clan, a group of rather pretty native plants. They grow from 8 to 24 inches tall, depending on... Read More >

Ann Wheeler Log House Herb Farm
Bronze Fennel

A single variable species comprises the genus foeniculum vulgare, which is a prominent member of the botanical family Umbelliferae, making fennel a cousin of parsley, dill, and cilantro along with many other... Read More >

Habak Mint

Habak Mint Julep 10 Leaves of Habak Mint 1 tsp Superfine sugar 3 oz Bourbon In a shaker, muddle the mint and sugar together until completely chopped. Add 1 cup of ice... Read More >