I always love when I can combine function with beauty in the garden. And growing herb plants in my ornamental gardens does just that.I will often combine herb plants in pots with other flowers, or interplant them in my garden beds with annuals and perennials.Many herbs have interesting foliage, and beautiful blooms that mix beautifully in any landscape. As a bonus, many herb plant leaves also give off lovely scents in the hot sun or when brushed up against.
What makes an herb an herb? The term usually brings to mind plants used in cooking like the parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme of the popular Simon and Garfunkel song. Botanically, herb is short for herbaceous, meaning a plant that grows from a soft not woody stem. Historically, however, the word herb refers to plants that are useful to people by way of their flavor, fragrance, or medicinal properties, no matter what type of stem they grow from.
When I first became interested in growing herbs, I was fascinated by all of their traditional uses, but as I continued to cultivate them, I came to value herbs for their ornamental attributes, too. By experimenting with herbs in decorative garden settings, I found that their exquisite foliage and flowers can blend artfully with other annuals, biennials, and perennials.These plants needn’t be confined to designated herb gardens, but can be used to fill in cracks and crevices, to wander along bed edges, and to punctuate perennial borders.
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