Herbal Gardening- Ornamental Herbs
Some herbs, like many other things in this world, are valuable though they seem to have no "use" at all, other than to simply look beautiful.
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You might be wondering just what good is an herb you can't eat or use as medicine?
Well, while it is certainly true that the majority of herbs are useful, in the sense that they make a fine seasoning or provide a cure. But some things in life which are valuable have no "use" at all, other than to look beautiful and make our lives better in that way.
Many herbs are grown for their use in potpourri
or as tools for the chef. Many may be beneficial, but often are
visually dull. In the world of herbs there are dozens of such plants, and many that are tasty
or healthful, but, there are also many that provide a pleasant view for
the eye...and the heart.
is a hardy perennial that grows up to two feet tall and blossoms with
an array of blue flowers. While often used as the base of a tea, they
make for a fine ornament in the garden. It doesn't hurt that they also
have a lovely fragrance. Bees like them, too. There's a dwarf type
makes for a delightful variation, and there are ones that grow pink
may be a great treat for the tongue, but the plant makes for a
beautiful addition to the garden. Light green or gray, they have fuzzy
leaves and can thrive well in a basket, as well. This herb loves sun
and well-draining soil, and can be brought indoors during winter.
Outside they may last only one season.
There are types of Oregano
that do more than just provide a great seasoning. The Dittany of Crete
plant has wide, fuzzy leaves and pink flowers. Perfect for window
boxes, they're easy to grow and maintain. A related type called Variegated Oregano
has small, thin, bushy leaves. Not ideal for the chef, these ornamental
herbs are perfect for adding a display of liveliness.
of course, is a perennial favorite thanks to its lovely flowers and
delicate scent. The leaves have serrated edges and they provide
wonderful low ground cover in a garden. The soft green leaves and
purple flowers add a touch of elegant beauty wherever they're planted.
comes in a variety of lovely types, dwarf and regular-sized. The
full-sized tree grows to several feet. Dark green leaves and small,
white flowers give this herb a delicate smell and an equally delightful
myrtle is a nice relation, with its tiny yellow and green
leaves along the stem.
is famous for its use in making a soothing tea, but the daisy-like
flowers are pretty, too. The plant makes for an excellent addition to a
small garden right next to the other herbs.
may be used mostly as a seasoning, but the purple foliage and pink
flowers make this herb a delight to the eye as well as the tongue. Easy
to grow, this 1-2 foot beauty often produces white blossoms as well.
There's a variety called Minette
that makes a fine small bush that can fill out a garden bare spot or
thrive well in a basket.
When you think of herbs, don't stop at cooking or medicine. Explore
their use as colorful additions to the garden, indoors and out.
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