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everything you need to know about perennial basil

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Walking through the garden with floating aroma’s of basil is something that is very close to my heart and will be one of your summer highlights too, once you get this plant added to your garden.

The smell of perennial basil is so distinguished and demands to be noticed! In the height of summer, depending on where it is located in your garden, your guests will no doubt be asking you about the smell as amount of bees. You do not even need to brush up against it or rub it for the scent to be released. The heat of summer alone is all that is needed to get perennial basil to shine and really show off.

 

What is perennial basil?

Perennial basil is in the same family as all the other basil varieties and they are all part of the mint family. Being a perennial, it is a plant that does not die down at the end of the season or year, unlike its annual counterpart, sweet basil. It will keep growing and keep getting bigger. It is, however, not completely cold hardy and in very cold areas, or areas that experience lots of frost, perennial basil can be grown as an annual, or overwintered using forst cloth, growing it in a pot and moving it, or providing some other kind of protection from the cold. 

Perennial basil comes in many different colours and varieties. The 2 most common perennial varieties are perennial white and perennial pink. African Blue Basil is also a perennial that is often referred to as perennial basil.

 

What is perennial basil?

Perennial basil is in the same family as all the other basil varieties and they are all part of the mint family. Being a perennial, it is a plant that does not die down at the end of the season or year, unlike its annual counterpart, sweet basil. It will keep growing and keep getting bigger. It is, however, not completely cold hardy and in very cold areas, or areas that experience lots of frost, perennial basil can be grown as an annual, or overwintered using forst cloth, growing it in a pot and moving it, or providing some other kind of protection from the cold. 

Perennial basil comes in many different colours and varieties. The 2 most common perennial varieties are perennial white and perennial pink. African Blue Basil is also a perennial that is often referred to as perennial basil.

 

Benefits of perennial basil?

1. Pollinators: One of the biggest benefits of having perennial basil in the garden is the masses of bees and other pollinators that it attracts into the garden. It is also great at attracting predatory insects that will help keep your localised ecosystem in check.

2. Pest control: Perennial basil is a very powerful pest deterrent. Due to its incredibly strong smell, this plant is easy identified by pests. When grown in pots, perennial basil can easily be moved around to to pest hot spots to aim in pest control. 

3. It’s edible and healthy: There are many different claimed medical benefits. You can find some of those health benefits here. For me personally, I have found the tea to have a calming effect as claimed by many. The 2 main ways to consumer this wonderful plant is fresh, in Italian and Thai dishes (it’s amaing on pizza!), and in pesto. Perennial basil pesto is an absolute winner, however, the receipe is slightly different to sweet basil pesto and the receipe will be posted here once a video has been done.

So, all in all, it is quite clear that this plant offers a lot more than just a pretty smell. It is an incredible permaculture plant and offers the home garden significant bang for your bucket.

 

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