Garden Spaces: Grow These Plants for the Easiest Garden Ever

| August/September 2011

These nine no-fuss herbs will assert their independence while you kick up your feet.

Oregano (Origanum spp.). Choose an oregano for the flavor you want from it; Greek oregano (O. vulgare spp. hirtum) is a versatile culinary one. Oregano can spread out a bit, but is fairly easy to control.

Sage (Salvia officinalis). This culinary and medicinal herb grows knee-high, is rock-hardy, drought-tolerant and reliable. The variety ‘Berggarten’ has an attractive rounded leaf, but there are many other nonculinary but garden-worthy salvias to choose from.

Santolina (Santolina chamaecyparissus). Available in both gray- and green-leaved forms, santolina sports bright-yellow flowers and grows to about 2 feet.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum). An easy onion relative with bright pink pompon flowers, stays to about 1½ feet.

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea and other species). With its high center cone and drooping ray petals, this delightful flower and medicinal is available in many new shades. It’s drought-tolerant and easy.

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