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Flowering Herbs

Author: Nancy Erdmann
Issue: October, 2012, Page 108
BORAGE
(Borago officinalis)




BORAGE
(Borago officinalis)

Type: Annual

Blooms: Sky blue; late spring to early fall

Size: 1-3'H and 18"-2'W

Soil: Well-drained; tolerates poor soil types

Light: Full sun to part shade

Water needs: Regular; avoid over-watering

Maintenance: To collect seed, allow flowerheads to dry on stems, then remove and shake seeds loose.

Attracts: Bees and butterflies

Note: Benefits nearby plants by increasing their resistance to pests and diseases. Its leaves and flowers taste like cucumber and can be added to salads and spreads.

Why we like it: The fragrant star-shaped flowers on this self-seeding herb add ornamental appeal to the garden and can be used in cut-flower arrangements.


FEVERFEW
(Tanacetum parthenium)
FEVERFEW
(Tanacetum parthenium)


Type: Perennial grown as an annual

Blooms: White with yellow centers; mid-summer to fall

Size: 2-3'H and 2-3'W

Soil: Well-drained; handles most types

Light: Full sun to light shade

Water needs: Regular to promote flowering

Maintenance: Deadhead spent flowers; leave a few blooms in fall if you want the plant to self-seed.

Attracts: Beneficial insects

Note: Its leaves have a strong peppery smell and may be used medicinally as a tea; its flowers can be added to potpourri.

Why we like it: A profusion of daisylike flowers and compact foliage makes this an eye-catching border or rock garden plant.


YARROW
(Yarrow millefolium)

YARROW
(Yarrow millefolium)


Type: Perennial

Blooms: Pink, salmon, red,
lavender, yellow, white; summer to fall

Size: 2-4'H and 3'W

Soil: Well-drained; handles most types

Light: Full sun to part shade

Water needs: Regular until established, then occasionally

Maintenance: To encourage rebloom, cut back after flowering. Divide clumps every 3 to 4 years.

Attracts: Butterflies and beneficial insects

Note: The dried flowers can be used for brewing tea, offering a hint of nutmeg- or cinnamon-like flavor.

Why we like it: A dependable drought-tolerant plant, yarrow is deer-resistant, makes a good choice for borders and can be used as a cut flower.


CHIVES
(Allium schoenoprasum)
CHIVES
(Allium schoenoprasum)


Type: Perennial

Blooms: Purple; spring

Size: 1-2'H and 6"W

Soil: Well-amended, well-drained

Light: Full sun to part shade

Water needs: Regular

Maintenance: To prevent self-sowing, remove spent flowers. Divide every 3 to 4 years.

Attracts: Bees and hummingbirds

Note: Chives are a member of the onion family, and their leaves can be used in soups, salads, eggs and dressings. Use fresh or frozen, but not dried. When planted among tomatoes, the herb helps deter aphids.

Why we like it: This hardy, cut-and-come-again plant self-seeds and makes an attractive container, border or pondside choice. Its flowers can be used in dried arrangements.
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