Wednesday, May 20, 2015





Sometimes we think of herbs only for their foliage and usefulness, however, many produce colorful, eye-catching flowers.  If you want to add another dimension to your traditional herb garden consider adding a few of these knockout bloomers.

Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) – anise-scented purple flower spikes in mid to late summer

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) – bright red to pink whorled flower heads in mid-summer

Borage (Borago officinalis) – beautiful blue star shaped edible flowers in mid-summer

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberose) – spectacular orange flower heads and interesting seedpods in mid-summer through fall

Calendula (Calendula officinalis) – orange, yellow and gold accents to the garden in mid to late summer

Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) – profusion of lavender flower spikes in mid-summer

Chives (Allium spp) – both the lavender balls of chives in spring and the starry white umbels of garlic chives in late summer make great flowering borders

Daylily (Hemerocallis spp) – multitude of versatile colors in mid to late summer

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) – attractive blue flower spikes in mid to late summer

Heartsease (Viola tricolor) – cheerful violet and yellow blossoms in early spring

Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) - fragrant purple flower spikes in mid-summer

Golden Marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria) – bright yellow daisies in mid-summer

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) – brilliant orange, yellow and red edible blooms in mid to late summer

Rose (Rosa spp) – a variety of color blooming throughout the summer

Sage (Salvia officinalis) – grey-green leaves topped with spikes of violet flowers in mid-summer

Santolina (Santolina virens) – yellow balls on slender green stalks in early spring

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – low growing dependable bloomer with purple flowers in summer


The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world and all who live in it

Psalm 24:1

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