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Herb gardening

The following part was written by Master Gardener Phyllis Jachowski, who has received training through Colorado State University Extension's Master Gardener program and is a Master Gardener volunteer for Larimer County

Q: What herbs are easy to grow?
A: What you choose is a personal choice of flavors you love in foods or teas. You'll be surprised how easy it is to grow herbs. Some favorite herbs include parsley, coriander, oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, mint, basil, sage and dill. I also love to grow edible flowers (Note: not all flowers are edible; refer to CSU Extension publication # 7,237 at for more information). Chives, nasturtium, violets, sweet peas, pansies, small flowered geraniums, small marigolds, dianthus or pinks and miniature roses are safe to eat and easy to grow. Prior to incorporating edible flowers into your diet, consult with your physician and eat in small quantities. Consider a large container for workshop, edible flowers like borage, English daisies, chamomile, bee balms and anise hyssop, and for larger yields of dill and sage.

For more ideas, refer to these references:
Edible flowers / garden / 07237

Shrubs and vines

The following part was written by Master Gardener Anne Wuerslin, who has received training through Colorado State University Extension's Master Gardener program Master Gardener volunteer for Larimer County.

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If you are enjoying lilacs now, consider planting Seven-Son Flower shrub (Hepatacodium miconoidides), for lilac-like blooms in fall. This plant Select shrub or multi-stemmed tree is a fast grower, drought tolerant, and bears white blooms at the tips of its branches, complete with red sepals. It blooms best in sun, can tolerate some shade and can take aggressive pruning as it matures.

Spring blooming five-leaf Akebia vine (Akebia quinata), also known as chocolate vine, makes for a wonderful and fast growing cover for arbors and fences. Its bluish-green foliage is offset by terminal deep purple flowers. Foliage is fragrant and the vine can tolerate shade.

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