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Aromatic Flowers and Plants in Garden

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



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