I have a confession to make…


Sometimes I am a lazy gardener.  Are you shocked?  Will this revelation cause you to stop reading my blog?  


In my defense, I must say that life gets rather busy and at the end of a long day, I forgo the opportunity to do some needed garden maintenance.


However, my reluctance to perform needed maintenance has a rather beautiful benefit…


My herbs begin to flower in the absence of harvesting their leaves.

Now, I like growing herbs and harvest them so that I can use them both dried and fresh.

But, there are times that I don’t get out to harvest the leaves.  When herbs are allowed to grow without harvesting the leaves – they begin to flower.

My sage (above) has beautiful purple flowers, don’t you think?


Now, my green and purple basil plants are beginning to flower as well.

Herbs are best harvested before the begin to flower for the best taste.

So, what do you do when they start to flower?  Well, you have two options…

– You could let them flower for a couple of weeks and enjoy their beauty.

– Or you could prune them back severely and let the leaves grow back so you can harvest them.

What do you think I should do?
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

3 replies
  1. Ann
    Ann says:

    I have also considered myself a "Lazy Gardener" I usually pick a few plants to use for harvesting the leaves, and save the rest for flowering. Nothing is more sweet than Thai Basil in bloom, and the pollinators love it!
    Love your blog!

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  2. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    I prune back my basil and eat the trimmings, especially in pesto! I do leave some to flower. However I have never noticed any reduction in flavor of basil after blooming, though I keep reading about it.

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