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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:20 am    Post subject: Herb Search Reply with quote

I'd like to add some herbs to my garden with the following requirments:
Fragrant - not just when u smell them but as u walk past them
Evergreen - so they are also pretty in winter
Height at least knee-high
Requiring little or no maintanence

I think Lavender, and Thyme fit the bill. Have u any other ideas?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try sweet balm. It has a wonderful lemon scent.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that plant! I've only ever noticed it indoors tho, can i plant it outside?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:15 pm    Post subject: Growing Sweet Balm Outdoors in Ireland Reply with quote

KK wrote:
I love that plant! I've only ever noticed it indoors tho, can i plant it outside?

You can of course, it grows will grow outdoors in plant hardiness zones 5 to 10, check out your plant hardiness zone here http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=132

Two more herbs to try are peppermint (Mentha piperita) and spearmint (Mentha spicata). These can spread quite a bit by underground runners, so maybe line your large planting hole with plastic.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe try fennel , its a lovely wand like plant , smells of aniseed , great on salads and fish , easy to grow
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Herb Search Reply with quote

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Have u any other ideas?


Try purple Sage (Salvia purpurea) its aromatic and colourful.

Catnip (Calamintha nepeta) maybe too low for you but it is great sprawling over the edges of paths

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Anise Hyssop 'Blue Fortune' an evergreen?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there ssomewhere on the web i could find this info (i looked!)?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:44 am    Post subject: Anise Hyssop 'Blue Fortune' evergreen? Reply with quote

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Is Anise Hyssop 'Blue Fortune' an evergreen?

It is deciduous.

KK wrote:
Is there ssomewhere on the web i could find this info (i looked!)?

Here on IG. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thx, and i presume chamomile is also deciduous?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:35 pm    Post subject: Herbs for your garden Reply with quote

I would suggest, Cilantro(corriander ) dill, lots of mint. I would also keep in mind that when you handle these herbs they give off a great aroma. On the lavender, research they different species and plant a variety, it is a slow grower, but worth the wait.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Chamomile Deciduous? Reply with quote

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Thx, and i presume chamomile is also deciduous?


Chamomile is evergreen for me KK. And id say im not the only one.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does Rosemary do in Ireland?
Here in GA, USA it grows without any care, except a bit of extra water in Summer.
It is fragrant when warmed by the sun, is evergreen, it grows about knee high with the amount of trimming I do for cooking, potpourri, sachets etc.
I have also just started another one which I am training as a Bonsai.

Avoid the peppermint and spearmint unless you have a way of controling the runners. they die back in winter anyway.

Other plants that remain green over the winter here are: common sage, lavender, and oregano.

Hope that helps
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scentman wrote:
How does Rosemary do in Ireland?

No problem here in Ireland , Mrs.Bugs uses it a lot with lamb . Also makes her own mint jelly to accompany the lamb .
My way of stopping the mint from spreading is to pull it up by the roots , (we use a lot ) and replant the root for new plants as nessessary .

Laughing well KK you are getting lots of suggestions there
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Chamomile Deciduous? Reply with quote

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KK wrote:
Thx, and i presume chamomile is also deciduous?


Chamomile is evergreen for me KK. And id say im not the only one.


Chamomile is evergreen for me as well. I love the scent.
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