Basil makes a lovely addition to your garden — and your pesto

070214 – Orcas Island – Washington – Jay Blackinton collects basil on Maple Rock Farm before preparing dinner on July 2, 2014. Blackinton takes a cue from the farm in preparing food at his restaurant Hogstone’s Wood Oven. He changes the menu often, sometimes more than once per week in order to reflect the freshest produce available locally.

Basil is one of the most popular herbs grown in Northwest gardens. It's delicious in cooking and also can be grown as an ornamental. There are more than 60 varieties, and many have colorful leaves and interesting textures.

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