Garden Spaces: Plans for an Herb and Rose Garden

| February/March 2010

  • Illustration by Gayle Ford

Herbs To Plant

• Pinks (Dianthus spp.). These well-behaved garden favorites are tidy perennial clumps of long-blooming, fragrant flowers. Grows to about 18 inches; grow from seed or division.

• Chives (Allium schoenoprasum). Hardy perennials that sport strappy leaves and bright pink pompon flowers. Will seed themselves around the garden, but not in a troublesome way. Grows to about 18 inches; can be grown from seed or division.

• Garlic chives (A. tuberosum). This annual allium has flat leaves and fragrant white flowers. Reaches about 18 inches; can be grown from seed.

• Calendula (Calendula officinalis). Cheerful daisy-like annual that will reseed. Grows to about 18 inches; can be grown from seed.

• Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia and other species and hybrids). Plant lavender for its fragrance alone. Gray-green leaves and flower spikes of purple to 3 feet. Grow from cuttings.

• Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia). Airy, delicate sprays of flowers and silvery leaves make a foil for roses. Hardy, grows to about 3½ feet.

• Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis). Hardy herb garden favorite with purple flower spikes. Perennial, reaching 2½ feet; grow from seed or division.

• Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum). This 3-foot, short-lived perennial shrub can be grown from seed. Deadhead the flower spikes to prevent this mint family relative from taking over.

• Sage (Salvia officinalis). This hardy perennial grows to about 2 feet and can be grown from seed. Available in purple-leaf and variegated forms, and it has many colorful, landscape-worthy relatives.

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