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When it comes to finding companions for your flowers, sometimes it’s fun to change it up. It’s nice to do something different than the usual ground covers and popular perennials. This spring, why not plant something different that doubles as an ingredient in the kitchen too? Plant some herbs!
Herbs are a wonderful addition to your spring flower beds, but not just any herb will do. You need to plant herbs that grow harmoniously with your flowers. These herbs improve the look and survival of your garden, not try to take it over!
Want to know which ones work best alongside your flowers? Take a look at these herbs to plant in your spring flower beds this year!
Depending upon your hardiness zone and climate, lavender is a wonderful herb to add to the flower garden. It thrives best in zones 5 to 10 and prefers areas that have full sun and well-draining soil.
Plant lavender in the spring so the delicate purple flowers bloom in late spring and continue into summer. When planting lavender, remember that it is a shrub, so always offer it some extra space to expand. It grows 1 to 3 feet tall and just as wide. However, the size is dependent upon the lavender variety and the conditions given to the plant.
There are various types of lavender to choose from, some include English lavender, French lavender, and Lavandin. Select the one that coordinates with your hardiness zone for the best chance of success!
Not sure what to plant it next to? Good options for companion planting with lavender include asters, yarrow, and bee balm.
Looking to add some height to your garden? Dill is the herb for you! Growing about three feet tall, this herb works wonderfully grown at the back of your flower gardens, against the fence, or off to the side. Dill does best in hardiness zones 3 to 8 when planting it in the spring, but also thrives in zones 8 to 11 if planted in the fall.
Dill produces an inviting culinary smell from its leaves that’s appealing for you and the bees! Not only is it a good plant to draw pollinators, but they also plant well with marigolds, borages, nasturtiums.
To harvest dill, start around eight weeks after sowing, at the end of the growing season in late autumn.
If you are seeking an herb that requires little maintenance and comes back every year, chives are a wonderful option!
This bushy perennial from the onion family produces delicious leaves that are bursting with flavor. Reappearing in spring, chives are ready for harvest throughout the growing season, and are useable in the kitchen for cooking. Harvest the leaves, chop them up, and sprinkle them on your eggs, pasta, or baked potato!
Chives grow best in zones 4 to 9, as they are a cool-season herb, so they survive well into fall in the right conditions. However, if summer temperatures are too high (above 80 degrees Fahrenheit), this may cause the plant to flower and go dormant until cooler temperatures return.
Chives are also a wonderful companion plant for your flower beds. This herb is a good friend to companions like chamomile, sweet alyssum, and calendula. When the blooms appear, they draw beneficial bees for pollination. Additionally, they are said to repel aphids and Japanese beetles, protecting your flowers from harmful pests.
If you want an herb with more than just leaves for your flower garden, look no further than bee balm! Also known as Monarda bradburiana, this brilliant herb is known for its vibrant flowers of purples and reds. Growing best in zones 4 to 9, the flowers bloom between May and June, making your garden brighter in the summer.
Bee balm is actually an herb that derives from the mint family. To prevent it from expanding too far, dead heading is done to stop it from self-seeding. Dead head your bee balm plant throughout the entire blooming time (May to July) to promote more flowers as well as prevent it from spreading.
This herb is a stunning perennial to add to your beds, as well, like many other herbs, it attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Worried about drawing other wildlife? Bee balm has resistance to animals like deer and rabbits!
Lastly, it’s a wonderful companion plant to black-eyed Susan and wild bergamot.
Perfect for pizza, pesto, and pasta, basil is also an excellent addition to your flower beds! Like many of the other herbs that work well next to flowers, this one is another great pollinator. Basil grows well in hardiness zones 10 and above (but will also grow indoors), and is a good companion plant for marigolds, petunias, and borage.
Keep in mind that for basil to truly succeed, regular pruning is ideal. By pruning the leaves off, it encourages the plant to grow bushier and prevents it from becoming leggy. Leggy basil plants produce less leaves and tend to look awkward next to your stunning garden florals.
Another reason to continue harvesting and pruning is due to the flavor. If left untended to, the flavor of basil becomes woody and less appetizing. Were you too late and the basil flowered? No problem! It’s white and purple flowers will brighten your garden even further!
Anise hyssop! This low-maintenance herb is one that works both as an herb in the kitchen or simply as an ornamental perennial.
Anise hyssop grows best in climates that are between hardiness zones 3 to 8. This herb spreads through the use of rhizomes, and grows between two and four feet tall. If your anise hyssop is getting too large after a few years of growth, propagate it through division. Or, if you want more anise hyssop in other parts of the garden, use the seeds to sow more plants!
Not sure what to plant it next to? Try growing it next to roses, lavender, and catmint. Anise hyssop is deer resistant and, like the other herbs, is an excellent draw for pollinators like bumblebees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its tall blue flowers are fragrant and the blooms last well into fall.
Want your plant to grow more flowers? Deadhead dying flowers throughout the entire bloom time to promote further blooming of those beautiful spiky flowers!
When it comes to enhancing your spring flower beds, herbs are a great place to start!
These unique and multi-purpose plants offer a distinctive appeal to your garden and also have uses in the kitchen. Herbs also offer your plants opportunities for increased pollination and even repel pests!
Choose your favorite flavors, or simply pick the one that looks best next to your current flowers! Which herb are you most excited to plant this spring? Comment below with your garden bed plans and which herbs will make an appearance this year!
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