Garden Spaces: Plans for an Herb and Rose Garden

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<h3>Herbs To Plant</h3>
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<strong>• Pinks</strong> (<em>Dianthus</em> 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.</p>
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<strong>• Chives</strong> (<em>Allium schoenoprasum</em>). 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.</p>
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<strong>• Garlic chives</strong> (<em>A. tuberosum</em>). This annual allium has flat leaves and fragrant white flowers. Reaches about 18 inches; can be grown from seed.</p>
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<strong>• Calendula</strong> (<em>Calendula officinalis</em>). Cheerful daisy-like annual that will reseed. Grows to about 18 inches; can be grown from seed.</p>
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<strong>• Lavender</strong> (<em>Lavandula angustifolia</em> 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.</p>
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<strong>• Russian sage</strong> (<em>Perovskia atriplicifolia</em>). Airy, delicate sprays of flowers and silvery leaves make a foil for roses. Hardy, grows to about 3½ feet.<br />
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<strong>• Hyssop</strong> (<em>Hyssopus officinalis</em>). Hardy herb garden favorite with purple flower spikes. Perennial, reaching 2½ feet; grow from seed or division.<br />
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<strong>• Anise hyssop</strong> (<em>Agastache foeniculum</em>). 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.<br />
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<strong>• Sage</strong> (<em>Salvia officinalis</em>). 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.</p>
<h3>Roses To Plant</h3>
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<strong>• ‘Belinda’s Dream’.</strong> This rose is voluptuous, with blooms that are very pink and very full. Full, upright shrub, easy to grow and propagate.<br />
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<strong>• ‘Knockout’.</strong> This modern landscape rose has single-petaled flowers in a coral red, although it’s now commonly available in doubled form and other colors. A big, vigorous shrub, a heavy bloomer, carefree in its pest resistance and drought tolerance.<br />
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<strong>• ‘Sombreuil’.</strong> This is a vigorous white climber that can cover an archway or arbor. Other possibilities among fragrant climbers include ‘Cecile Brunner’, ‘White Dawn’, ‘Lady Banks’ in white or yellow, or ‘Climbing Pinkie’.<br />
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<strong>• ‘Fairy’.</strong> This is a heavy-blooming polyantha rose with double blooms in light pink. It can tolerate some shade in the hot afternoons.<br />
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<strong>• ‘Chrysler Imperial’.</strong> This hybrid tea variety delivers fragrant, long-stemmed, red-rose perfection, but can be a bit susceptible to disease and pests. <br />
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<strong>• ‘Livin’ Easy’.</strong>  This brilliant orange floribunda hybrid rose is a solid performer among shrub roses. Other roses in the yellow-orange color range include the lovely peachy, single-flowered<br />
‘Lafter’; the hybrid rugosa ‘Topaz Jewel’ with double yellow blooms; and ‘Harison’s Yellow’.<br />
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<strong>• ‘Heritage’.</strong> This David Austin rose, a repeat bloomer with hips, has cupped, cabbage flowers in a pale, delicate pink.</p>
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<em>Contributing Editor Kathleen Halloran lives and gardens in Austin, Texas.</em>
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