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3 Herbs For A Landscape Border

What Herbs Can I Use For A Border In My Yard?


Herbs can be more than simple a flavor boost for your food. They also multi task as fragrant and lovely border plants.

Herbs can be planted for their foliage as well as their blooms. Think of them as a multi tasking, ever changing addition to the beauty that is your garden design.

The following herbs are just a small number of plants that look lovely and grow easily. They are also at home in any garden design; both grown loosely in a modern style natural garden, or a tightly formal style border.

1. Lavender

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Lavender makes a stunning border in the garden. There are plenty of varieties that grow in just the right height for your design.

Don't worry if you don't have great luck growing this pretty flower. Your local garden center will recommend varieties that do well in your location.With so many shades and heights, lavender can be grown in the front of a border, as well as the back, making it the perfect foil for all your other plantings.

I prefer to grow in the front, as close to the foot traffic as possible. That way, meandering admirers will brush the fragrant stems to release their scent. When thinking about lavender, be sure to think beyond the towering French lavender we all know so well. This can be a versatile choice in your landscape design.

2. Sage

Garden or Common Sage
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Sage makes a wonderful border plant for your garden landscape. It is generally referred to as a midsize plant; meaning it is perfect for filling out a design, without overpowering the entire bed.

Forget what you think you knew about sage. It comes in a wide variety of colors, sized and fragrances. I grow garden or common sage(Salvia officinalis) for my cooking and medicinal needs of course, but there is still plenty of room for the brightly colored Pineapple sage(Salvia elegans), purple sage (Salvia officinalis purpurascens), and a fun, multicolored variety known as Tricolor sage(Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'), with it's pink and white streaked leaves.

This is only a sampling of the sages that you probably will find at your local garden supply center, as they are the most popular. For more variety, check out a favorite supplier of mine:

On a side note, Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a towering beauty that deserves notice. Although it is called a sage, Russian sage is no such thing. Give it center stage in your garden, but it's large size would overpower the border.

3. Chives

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Chives are a friendly and cheerful choice for a border. You may think of them as a cousin to the onion, but they are so much more. A few reasons that chives make good bedfellows are:

  • Chives are well behaved- They are a clumping herb, meaning that you won't find them creeping out into the lawn when your back is turned.
  • Chives are easily divided-A quick split with a shovel is all that is needed to have more than enough chive plants to share, sell, or fill in spaces in your landscaping. They are very forgiving and will take some relocation abuse without pause in their growth.
  • Chives come in all sizes and colors - Chive plants come in a variety of bloom colors, shades of leaf, and height. There is even a close cousin of chives that taste like garlic! The garlic chive,(Allium tuberosum), has a pretty white flower and definately reminds you of the lovely marriage that onion and garlic make.

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