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The Dirt on Herbs in a Landscape

Herbs aren't just for the windowsill anymore. Find out how basil, chives, rosemary and thyme can work double duty in the landscape as ornamentals, edibles and structural plants.

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rosemary commonly grown in shrub form
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Rosemary and Lavender

Lavender and rosemary are perennial shrubs that require little maintenance once established. Rosemary is easy to prune or wire into any shape you desire. It enjoys full sun and good drainage, needs little water once established and requires little or no fertilizer. Lavender can make a unique hedge. The plants will grow in mounds with little flower heads peaking up over the top. Plant lavender in an area with good drainage and trim 1/3 of the plant back after it blooms, thinning out the stems at the same time.

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