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What herbs are best to group together in pretty pots for my apartment living patio.


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Answer #2 · Mary Holmes's Answer · John thank you so much. What great help you have given me. Yes you are right I want them for cooking mostly but walking out onto the patio is nice for there wonderful smell and there beautiful greenery as well. I have my grand-daughter who is graduating from college and culinary school in June up in Oregon. Well she gave me an idea off doing this in my new kind of living. She knows how I like to cook but said to me try growing fresh herbs for yourself now.
You well enjoy it just as much as you did your flowers up in Sonora, ca and Veneta, Or., as well. I said to her, you might be right.
I will check the links that you sent me as well. I have such excitement now for my new project.
Thank you again and I will keep you posted John.)


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Maple Tree

Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Mary-You are very welcome. You still don't have to miss growing your flowers also. There are many annuals you can plant along with your herbs to enjoy both beautifull useful foliage and flowers all summer long also. Last year I had a beautiful pot with a lavender plant in the middle and trailing petunias around the outside of the pot. Use a couple of your pots just for flowering annuls and set them among you herb garden pots. Two of my favorite plants for summer color is both the Zonal and ivy geraniums and dianthus. When deadheading these I get color all summer long. You could add these to some of your herb planting or just by themselves also. If you are like me you will be needing plants like these that take a small amount of water and do well in our drought conditions. Your patio may have areas where hanging basket may look nice. Hanging baskets may add more color for you also without taking up much room. On Gardenality you can create gardens to keep your pictures in. This is a great way to keep track of the plants you are using and their growth throughout the year. Other members including myself really like to see ideas others have come up with. Let me know how you make out and don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have. How great that is that your grand-daughter is graduating from culinary school. Now you will have the herbs she needs to do some fine cooking for you without going to the store when she makes those great dishes when visiting.

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Answer #3 · Mary Holmes's Answer · John thanks, love your ideas. I do have two large hydrangeas growing and they have started flowering. Have 3 hanging ivy geraniums. A beautiful new young medium Jade that my new neighbor gave me last year. A heavenly bamboo. Someone left a nice single petal small flowering Camilla that grew into a 9 foot light tree. I love it, I have not looked it up yet. When I get my herbs planeted today I will start with some flowers following.
I will be making my grand-daughter a nice group of herbs in a really nice clay pot. And your right she will be happy to have some here at my place for cooking also. I decided to plant some by themselves as you suggested. The oregano does want to hang, so I will put it up on the fence in a nice 4 pot metal square holder that I purchased at Home Depot. Will do the thyme also. Now I know how mint is. So of course it will be by it self. It multiplies like a rabbit. But I love cutting large stems and making a basting brush with it for b.b.q.'s. On the meats. Do have tarragon, and have to have basil for my bruschetta. I am Italian my father, and portgagease my mom. I do lean more to Italian cooking. Have not had a cup of tea yet. Like to have it at 3:00 and I will let you know how the lavender tea goes. I am hopping to make the lavender scones and cookies next. Maybe your wife would like the recipes for you to taste as well. I plan on exploring more on herbs. Well I better stop rambling on and close for now. Thanks again for your wonderful ideas. I might ask for your help from time to time.)


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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Thank You. Sounds like you have a some really nice potted plants for the patio. The planters on the fence is a great idea. My wife is always looking for new recipes. You can always send them to me by going to my members profile and from there send me a message. Let me know how the lavender tea comes out. Feel free to ask any other questions you may have.

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Mary Holmes

Mary Holmes · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Wow just viewed your pictures. What beautiful flowers you have. Just learning this web page thank you for the help. Still having trouble downloading my picture. Maybe I need to try on the big computer instead of my iPad. Lavender tea was wonderful. Going to try others as well. Rained yesterday so planting didn't work out. It was the wind mostly. Will see how today goes. Thanks again, and yes will check the maples when I go to the nursery.

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Mary-This is another good question but one that would depend on the theme of the potted garden you would like to have. When deciding on a potted herb garden how you will use it will determine what plants will serve your interests best. The size, soil needs, amount of water, best growing times of the year, and amount of sunlight will all play a part in what combination of plants will do well together. Do you want this herb garden for color using plants such as the lavender you asked about previously or possibly nasturtium and rosemary? Other gardens may be used mainly for culinary use or fragrance. Maybe you would like an Italian herb garden using basil, parsley, and different oreganos. A French garden might be grown with French thyme, chervil, rosemary and lavender. Here in the Southwest we might grow a garden with Basil, cilantro, chives, and parsley. We would probably grow a few pots with peppers and tomatoes also so we can always make homemade salsa we can't live without to dip with. Because I'm a lousy cook I would have to get my neighbor to make the salsa. A pot planted with Roman chamomile, various mints, and scented pelargoniums would be useful for making hot or cold ice teas. If using your herbs for cooking is mostly what you want to grow using any combination of parsley, chives, oregano, tarragon, thyme, basil, rosemary, and coriander in a fairly large pot would make a nice garden for you. Although many will grow combination herb gardens for both color and culinary use I like to grow most herb plants by themselves in varying sizes of pots depending on what size they will grow well in. As some plants mature or flower at different times during the year I am not always pulling and replanting new plants to keep the combination gardens looking nice. Different plants in different size containers can be moved around to make nice scenes on the patio. When some start looking poorly or stop flowering they can be moved elsewhere or to the back of my potted scene. Plants such as the lavender can get large and do well by themselves in a container. Lower growing herbs would do well around them especially those that would cascade over the sides. Planting a potted herb garden may require a large pot depending on the size of plants you would like. The pot diameter should be a couple of inches larger than the total of all the plants root ball diameters. If the pot is too small a few plants will have to be taken out and possibly planted in another potted garden. Always use a quality potting with plenty of organic material that drains well. The pots you use should always have drainage holes in the bottom. Soils that hold too much water and pots with no holes for drainage can rot out many of these herb plants. Soil need to be kept moist but never to wet or dry. I noted a few links below that may help you when deciding what herbs you want to grow and how to plant your herb container garden.

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/295/How-To-Info/Planting/How-to-Plant-And-Grow-Herbs-In-Containers/default.html

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/389/Garden-Types/Food-Gardens/Kitchen-Theme-Garden-Tips/default.html

http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/12498/herb-combinations-for-container-gardens

Welcome to Gardenality and back to California. I also live on a smaller property in Southern Cal.. Even though I'm retired I really miss a larger lot as landscaping, growing everything I find, and collecting Japanese Maples that I still do has always been an important part of my life.

Please don't hesitate to ask any other questions you may have.

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