I don't actually remember planting the small patch of strawberries that started outside our kitchen door. It must have been right before Leif was born because the patch has been getting bigger and bigger every year since. Regardless of what I remember, it was the best idea EVER. We've enjoyed picking fresh strawberries for breakfast every morning and are putting them on salads for lunch - it's going to be a sad day when the berries stop coming.
When I worked in the gardens at Mackenzie-Childs (if you don't know about this place, check the link - it's pretty unique) I was in charge of the vegetable and kitchen gardens. The kitchen garden was located right behind the restaurant and was full of herbs that smelled so good. Ever since that summer, I've been thinking that putting the herbs next to the place where they are used is such a smart and obvious idea. I'm thinking that a perennial herb garden just might have to replace some of the more traditional flowers on the other side of our kitchen door. I'm going to start with the obvious (and those that I already have): basil, cilantro, parsley, fennel, dill, thyme and chives. I tried some sorrel at the local farmer's market and loved it (it's surprisingly citrusy and delicious) and I'd also like to get my hands on more lavender. Do you have any other perennial favorites to suggest?