Landscaping with Herbs by James Adams

By James Adams

Even supposing the focal point is on herbs as ornamentals in various backyard settings, from formal to wild, this can be an encyclopedia of herbs, together with greater than six hundred species and cultivars. It deals details on cultivation, folklore and heritage, and culinary makes use of

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Nepeta and C. sylvatica, and four subspecies exist. C. nepeta subsp. nepeta is the most commonly cultivated Lesser Calamint. C. nepeta subsp. glandulosa has a more delicate flavor and is sometimes referred to as Nepetella. , are perennials and annuals native to North and South America and a number of species are often substituted for one another. Although Hedeoma means "sweet odor," only one species, H. pulegioides, resembles the strong, pleasant Pennyroyal aroma from Mentha pulegium. Its wiry, Summer Savorylike habit makes it difficult to place in the ornamental garden but in a good soil and full sun it yields a fine mint scent for strewing or wash waters.

Leucotrichus and T. pulegioides and its cultivars 'Fosterflower', 'White Magic', 'Oregano-scented', and 'Kermesinus'. Those of the second category that form slow-spreading mounds are T. brousonetti, T. 'Clear Gold', T. pulegioides 'Gold Dust', T. herbabarona, T. 'Nutmeg', T. 'Linear Leaf Lilac', and T. 'Long Leaf Gray'. These categories are not clearly defined because many Thymes are polymorphic, that is, quite variable in habit. html[07/06/2010 12:12:27] page_32 < previous page page_32 next page > Page 32 significant factor interfering with their habit is sexual variability; some plants bear only female flowers.

Flowers and fragrant herbs such as Mignonette, Violets, Gilliflowers (the Carnations and Pinks), Basil, Camomile, Scented Geraniums, Dwarf Lavender and Mints were grown. Containers have always been used in landscaping to accent a particular plant. Fragrant turf seat covers of Roman Camomile were a medieval treat. Other mat-forming herbs such as Thyme and Corsican Mint were also used. One container is asking a lot of any scented plant, so to be effective it must not only be highly fragrant but also easy to grow and hardy.

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