Basil is a beautiful and easily grown herb that not only brings flavor to food but also brings life to a garden, literally. Basil flowers attracts numerous beneficial insects bringing the essential life diversity needed in any garden. Basil plant in a landscape is very versatile and has its place not only in a vegetable or herb patch but also among the flowering plants and other ornamentals. It can be mixed among the plants in a hanging basket or a mixed container.
A very common variety of basil grown in gardens is the Genovese Basil. It is the variety most commonly available in the grocery stores as well. There are other varieties with different shapes, sizes and colors and flavors. A deep purple basil can be very attractive among lighter shades of ornamental or edible plants.