Our habit of dividing plants into the “useful” and the “ornamental” is relatively new. In medieval Europe virtually all plants were assumed to have some medicinal value. The kitchen herb garden was a way to not only satisfy taste buds but provide a family with medical relief. Flavoring, dyeing, scenting and dosing is as old as time.
Through the ages the kitchen herb gardens have existed to support households no matter the social status of the gardeners.