Most herbs love a sun and well drained soil, so filling in your rock garden with herbs only makes sense. Here are a few choices I like to add to rock gardens:
- Creeping Thyme- With its cute purple flowers, this perennial is perfect for climbing over rocks or for boarders.
- Woolly Thyme – A very good creeper. This perennial is slow growing and is very happy to fill in the cracks of a garden wall or walk way.
- Lemon Thyme – This thyme has excellent flavor and color.
- Sage – you may have noticed I am a sage lover. Sage herb comes in so many different colors and it is hardy. You can prune it back or let it take a major position in your rock garden.
- Oregano – Now this plant can be invasive so watch out. But I love the late purple blooms it brings to the garden. You can find oreganos that are low growing with yellow bloom.
- Lavender – This hardy plant brings early purple blooms and such a wonderful scent.
- Parsley - Give this bright green plant a little shade from a larger plant and enjoy its curly brightness.
- Savory- Both summer and winter savory are low growing with tiny leaves.
- Garlic Chives- These tall thin bulbous leaves with white blooms bring texture to any rock garden.
- Chives- Regular chives have lavender blooms
- Gemander - This low growing hardy herb is a great decorative ground cover you can use between pavers and in your rock garden.
- Dill- For tall graceful plants with yellow heads. This plant easily reseeds itself for the next year.
- Bee Balm- Is also a tall graceful addition that stays very clumped. It comes in red orange and purple. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
- Lemon Balm- This lemony mint-like leaves are highly ornamental. It attracts bees to your garden.
- Lemon Grass- This grass produces beautiful slender arching leaves.
- Marigolds- This old standard make a great boarder and add bright color to your garden.
- Nasturtium- Dwarf plants can add bright color to any corner of your garden. Both the leaves and flowers are edible.
- Blue Mound Rue- Grows two feet high with blue clover like leaves and yellow blooms all summer.
- Scented Leaf Geraniums- Plant these wonderful smelling plant near pathways where the leaves will release their scent when you bush up against them.
- Sweet Annie- This tall feather plant looks great in mass plantings. It grows five feet tall and has a wonderful smell.
Adding herbs to you rock garden delights the senses, add beauty and texture. Plan on putting them into your garden.