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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
on December 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM
Does anyone grow herbs? Most of my "potted gardening" is herbs. I have little space to grow flowers, but I have planted a few bulbs. My home is an "east/west. What type of flowering plants would be the best to grow?
by Patricia Brantley
on December 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM
I occasionally have 1 or 2 annuals that get left in a six pack and "forgotten", nut I always toss the "dirt" in my flower bed figuring it can only help., and I too have been pleasantly surprised by what decides to "show" up! Great picture!
by Karen Metz
on December 5, 2011 at 6:22 PM
I love growing herbs Maybe flowering herbs could be a starting place like lavender or rosemary. They do well here. If space is an issue maybe you could garden vertically with a flowering vine: honeysuckle, trumpet vine, potato vine, or passionflower vine are all possibilities.
by Libbey McKendry
on December 7, 2011 at 8:28 AM
Hi Patiz  
I grow herbs. Most of them are in wine barrels.
by Trisha Rose
on December 7, 2011 at 8:58 AM
Karen, your Salvia mexicanna is beautiful. I saw this plant last year when I visited the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden on a field trip during one of Ken William's hort classes. There were a number of these salvias growing under a canopy of taller trees. The color is striking.
on December 10, 2011 at 8:54 PM
Hi Libbey,  
Just read your site. I have several herb plants: three kinds of mint, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, basil, mullein, lemon catnip,coriander,borage and natsturtiums.  
What kind of herbs do you grow? I would like to grow more both in quanity and kind. I mistakenly used the wrong type of soil this past year, so I have to plant some again this spring.
by Patiz
on December 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM
What are some of the herb flowering plants that I can grow with an east/west gardening space? Don't flowering herbs need more sun exposure?
by Karen Metz
on December 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM
Dear Patiz, I think it depends on the herbs. Lemon balm, or for even more drama, bee balm might do well. Sweet woodruff is another possibility, but it takes quite a bit of water. Nasturtiums seem to do well in sun or in shade. Karen
by Laura
on April 11, 2014 at 12:14 AM
I live in Melbourne and have Salvia Mexicana on the shady side of my house and its doing very well - so it doesn't need alot of sun either.
by Karen Metz
on April 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM
Actually mine was growing in a spot that got some afternoon shade. Unfortunately we had a series of freezes this last winter and my Salvia Mexicana did not survive. I miss its exuberance, but think I will replace it with something more suited to the size of the flower bed. Maybe I can search out a different spot for with more room for another Limelight
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