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Snow Garden: Growing Herbs in Winter

1/19/2010 10:32:50 AM

Tags: Lemon Verbena Lady, Winter, Winter Gardening, Feverfew, Angelica

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You can check out the Lemon Verbena Lady at her blog http://lemonverbenalady.blogspot.com.

My herb garden was buried in snow just the other day. Snow can be a great insulator to protect those borderline herbs that may not make it in very cold temperatures.  Everything has to be just right for it to happen!

 

Snowy Garden Bed
Lemon Verbena Lady's herb garden buried in snow.

Now that the snow is almost gone, I will be happy with what is living at the moment in the herb garden. I discovered this feverfew in the sticks and twigs that looked as if it could start growing immediately.

Snowy Feverfew
The feverfew looks like it is going to start growing.

The Herbal Husband and I have tried all manner of covering plants with leaves and branches, and I have found some times it is best to leave plants on their own. (I think The Herbal Husband needs to be convinced.) 

In my small knot garden area, the 'Nazareth' sage is doing very well. The curry plant, which is a tender perennial for gardeners in western Pennsylvania, is also alive. I think of the sage and of the curry plants as a bonus in winter to have silver foliage in an otherwise brown landscape.

Snowy Nazareth Sage
'Nazareth' sage and curry plants survive in the snow.

An herb, fantastic in the spring and summer, is the angelica. It adds volume and structure to an herb garden.

Snowy Angelica
Angelica flattened by the snow - but still green!

We are supposed to have mild temperatures (for this time of the year); 30's and 40's through the end of January.  The cold and snow will return and until then I can enjoy these herbal survivors. Check back and see how my garden is doing. I will keep you posted.



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