Aromatic Flowers and Plants in Garden

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Aromatic Flowers and Plants in Garden: The First Year
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Aromatic Flowers and Plants in Garden

Aromatic Flowers and Plants in Garden: The First YearAromatic Flowers and Plants in Garden

When I first decided to grow an aromatherapy garden, I thought a few plants in pots would do it. However, once I started growing aromatic Flowers and plants this year, both the garden and my future plans took on a life of their own! Here’s a quick review of how the first year of creating my own aromatic garden turned out.

Aromatic Pots: Mint, Thyme, Oregano, and Basil

If you only have a small space in which to grow plants, or you simply want to add a bit of fragrance to your patio, planters, and pots are the way to go. It’s relatively easy to pick up a few aromatic herbs from your local garden center and plant them either alone, or in groupings, in a patio pot or two.

I tried the following herbs in pots on the patio this year and they basically took care of themselves – with a little bit of watering now and then! With a hot and unforgiving Arizona sun in June and July, these plants enjoyed early morning sun, followed by afternoon shade to flourish:

  • Mint: Both spearmint (Mentha spicata) and peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis).

Tip: Depending on your location, you will often find different cultivars of the common species in local garden centers. I also found chocolate peppermint (great with ice-cream!) and Thai basil.

Aromatic Herb Garden from Seed

This was the first year that I grew aromatic plants from seed. I did go a little crazy (or so I thought) and ordered all sorts of wonderful seeds for planting back in January when my garden was just a dream! However, I soon discovered that one can simply not have too many seeds! I will be ordering double the quantity for my annuals, and more perennials, this next year. Location and climate – both in general and the micro-climate of your own garden – will dictate, to some extent, the success of which herbs and aromatic plants grow well. My seed garden was planted in newly-created raised beds which took in morning sun and afternoon shade. I found success with the following seeds:

  • Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum)

  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)

  • Borage (Borago officinalis)

  • Bee balm (Monarda spp.)

  • Sunflower (Helianthius annuus).

Tip: If shade is not naturally provided by an obliging tree or plant, use garden shade covers which allow rain to penetrate, but protect the plants from the harsh sun. (click next)



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