SPRUCE UP YOUR BAL­CONY WITH BASIL

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BASIL ON THE BAL­CONY

Basil is one of the most ver­sa­tile herbs, with dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties that each of­fer unique prop­er­ties and uses. Add this in­cred­i­ble herb to your bal­cony gar­den for a fresh, lush look, or grow it as a handy, ready-to-reach-for, ad­di­tion to your cook­ing. Here are a few species that are easy to grow and of­fer an in­cred­i­ble range of dif­fer­ent tex­tures and scents.

ARISTOTLE BASIL

This species of basil of­fers a great num­ber of uses, first and fore­most in the kitchen. The small leaves make it an at­trac­tive and aro­matic plant for the bal­cony. It is a dense, com­pact bush that grows to about 25cm in height. You can grow it in its own planter, or add it to mixed planters.

DARK OPAL BASIL

This beau­ti­ful pur­ple va­ri­ety of basil is a great or­na­men­tal plant. Its leaves are larger, 2-3cm at full size, with var­ie­gated green el­e­ments. Grow them with cherry to­ma­toes on your bal­cony for a power team, be­cause they nat­u­rally re­pel tomato horn-worms, aphids, and mites.

DOLCE FRESCA

This medium-sized plant de­liv­ers a lot of us­able leaves and is the ideal va­ri­ety of basil to grow in planters on the bal­cony.

OR­NA­MEN­TAL:Aristotle basil

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