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Ornamental herb Plants
Ornamental herbs are some of the hardiest plants you can choose for your garden. You might opt for ornamental grasses if you want beautiful plants for the middle layer of your garden, especially since they pair well with both larger shrubs and ground covers. Many herbs also produce stunning flowers and attract beneficial insects. Some herbs have medicinal properties.
What are ornamental herb Plants
Botanically speaking, herbs are plants that die down to the ground after flowering and which don’t produce woody stems. Herbaceous annuals die after flowering whereas herbaceous perennials enter a period of dormancy when they die back and then re-sprout again when the time is right for the particular species (usually in spring).
Ornamental herbs are herbs that are primarily grown for their visual appeal rather than to be harvested for eating. Culinary herbs, such as thyme, sage, and rosemary, are often not ‘botanical herbs.’
Benefits of growing ornamental herbs
Ornamental herbs make great plant choices because they’re generally:
suitable for a range of USDA hardiness zones
available in a variety of colors
attractive to bees and other beneficial insects
How to grow ornamental herbs
Ornamental herbs are natural to build. Follow these steps:
Choose a location that suits the species you’ve chosen (e.g., full sun, good drainage, neutral pH)
Soak your herb in a solution of dilute seaweed extract then transplant it according to our planting instructions
Water well every couple of weeks in the absence of rain during the colder months — you’ll likely need to increase your irrigation frequency to once a week during summer
Fertilize your herb with a balanced fertilizer at planting and again a few weeks before flowering — perennial (winter-dormant) herbs can be fertilized in early spring each year
Remove weeds as required
Remove dead foliage after the plant dies down (don’t be tempted to remove wilting or dying foliage before a perennial herb enters dormancy as this can rob the plant of its ability to produce and store energy for the following season — this is especially true of bulbs)
Enjoy your flowers!
Pair ornamental herbs with plants that will provide interest over winter. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a relatively dry patch of the garden while your grasses are dormant.