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How to Start a Culinary Herb Garden

Start a culinary herb garden. Herbs to grow; Basil, Chives, Lavender, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme,Cilantro,and save the best for last Garlic.

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How to Grow (and Use!) Lavender

TIP: Enjoy the fragrance of lavender year-round by drying this beloved herb. To preserve, hang small bunches upside down in a dark, dry room until the moisture has evaporated.

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*Hosta 'Empress Wu' is the largest growing hosta on the market. In the garden, our vigorous three-year-old plants are already 3' tall x 6' wide, on their way to a mature size of 4' tall x 9' wide. The extremely large clumps of glossy green leaves that emerge blue-green in spring are topped with 5' tall stalks of light lavender flowers in June (NC). Zone: 3a to 8b, Height: 48" tall Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade Near black stemmed hydrangea front bed 24 May '14

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Blue Ivory Hosta! 16" H (20-24" in flower) (Plant 30" apart) Bloom Time: Late Summer Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic Extra wide creamy white borders surround remarkably blue centers in spring. Blue Ivory is eye candy for the Hosta enthusiast. Edges will progress to a clean white as the center deepens to blue-green in summer. Lavender flowers in mid summer.

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Thinking of planning a Purple Garden for next year. These little Primroses don't usually do well for me, but they are adorable! ~~ Houston Foodlovers Book Club

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