(Petroselinum crispum) Parsley is a Mediterranean native, sporting bright green leaves and lending its delightfully fresh flavor to cuisines from around the world. Typically grown as a biennial, this luscious herb prefers full sun and well-drained soils. Seeds may be slow to get started and germination can be uneven, but an overnight soak in lukewarm water will certainly speed things up. Direct seed outdoors in fall or very early spring; otherwise place the seeds in the fridge for several weeks. Ideal germination temperature is 65-70 degrees F. Seeds germinate in 14-36 days. Sow seeds 1/4 inches deep. If plants are allowed to bolt and set seed, the winter birds will enjoy the treat and you will be rewarded with a fine crop of reseeded parsley to enjoy the following year!
(Cryptotaenia japonica) This delicate and refreshing Japanese herb is easy to grow. It loves shade; it can be grown in full to part shade and is perfect for low-light spaces in the garden. This savory little parsley family member is also popular in Chinese cuisine and is reminiscent of its cousins, parsley and cilantro. It is typically used raw, sprinkled atop a meal to give it the perfect final touch. The leaves, stems, roots and seeds are all edible and excellent in stir fries, soups, salads and other Asian-inspired dishes. The plants are similar to parsley in their growth habit. Prefers cooler spring and fall weather.