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Rock Gardens – Adding Herbs To Your Rock Garden

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I have to laugh every time I hear the term “Rock Garden”. I mean who wants to grow rocks? Oh well….adding herbs to your rock garden is ezy herb gardening.

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.


Lemon Grass

Lemon Thyme-Derek Ramsey

Scented or Rose Geranium - Photo by -Laitche.com

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