Using herbs in the landscape: how to design and grow gardens by Debra Kirkpatrick

By Debra Kirkpatrick

This special, accomplished source indicates you the way to layout and develop gardens that includes a few of nature's most pretty, such a lot flexible, such a lot carefree crops -- herbs. glance past their culinary and medicinal makes use of and realize their ornamental characteristics. permit this publication motivate you to create appealing outdoors areas, beautiful naturalised plantings, clean box gardens, inviting courtyard entrances, and traditionally conjures up knot gardens -- all showcasing herbs.

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A perennial plant lives three or more years. Although many perennial herbs and flowers live a long time, others may reach their peak the third year and then gradually decline. The majority of herb plants are perennials, either herbaceous or subshrub plants. An herbaceous plant is one that is not woody, at least above the ground. Many herbs are herbaceous perennials: they are leafy, not woody, and they endure for years. Typically in cold regions, many die back to the ground in winter, then put out new growth in spring.

To determine which plants will do well in which spots, light analysis of a potential planting site is very important. Understanding the sun's daily and seasonal movement is essential for an accurate assessment of the amount and intensity of sunlight reaching a site. For instance, the summer sun rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest, whereas the winter sun rises in the southeast and sets in the southwest. Thus, a northwest location, which may not receive any direct sunlight in winter, could receive intense, potentially harmful late-afternoon sun in the summer.

Page vii Introduction Herbs have a mystique. Perhaps this special quality stems from their rich historical legacy; perhaps it is attributable to their association with the power to heal; perhaps we are drawn to herbs by their innate beauty. Highly ornamental, they are especially valued for their interesting leaf textures, foliage colors, and softly beautiful flowers. Many herbs offer the unique pleasure of fragrance. These delightful plants deserve sensitive placement in the landscape sites that allow people to appreciate them.

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