CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Container gardens are the perfect setting for herb gardening. The same "thriller/filler/spiller" planting method works with herbs just like it does with flowers: The thriller provides height and a focal point in the center or back of the design; the spiller trails over the side of the pot; and the filler fills in the space between the two.
Bonnie Plants, a national source for vegetable and herb plants for years, suggests planting two or three herbs in a large pot that is at least 14 inches in diameter, preferably larger as bigger containers are easier to keep watered in the heat of summer. Or, you can plant each herb in a 10-inch pot and group the pots together.
Plant the herbs in a premium potting mix. There are fertilizers available that are designed specifically for herbs and vegetables.
Bonnie suggests these themed combinations:
"Mamma Mia": These fresh herbs will help bring out the Italian cook in everyone. Plant in a terracotta pot to carry out the Old World theme. Use Greek columnar basil, rosemary or Italian parsley, Greek or Hot & Spicy oregano.
"Basil Lover": Try a variety of fresh new basil flavors all in one container. Use Greek columnar or sweet basil, purple or Thai or cinnamon basil, spicy globe or boxwood basil.
"Happy Hour": Whether it's for iced tea or iced mojito, try lemon verbena, rosemary, spearmint or a collection of flavored mints, including orange, apple and chocolate.
"Souper Duper": These savory herbs are the perfect addition to soups and stews. Plant sweet basil, rosemary, Greek oregano and German thyme.
"Flavor Fiesta": Plant this combination of herbs popular in Hispanic cuisine -- cilantro, onion chives, Hot & Spicy oregano and spearmint (also known as Yerba Buena).
Bob's Market teams with HGTV
Bob's Market and Greenhouses Inc. announced it will team up with HGTV, Agricola Management Group and Dummen USA to sell the HGTV Home Plant Collection. Being launched nationwide in 2013, Bob's Market is one of just 375 retail locations across the United States to take part in a May 2012 "soft launch."
The debut collection features mixed plant varieties in complementary color families that are matched in timing for balanced growth and consistent color. The annuals, mixed containers and hanging baskets are designed to perform well in gardens and outdoor living spaces.
"Expressions" includes four separate collections -- Confetti Craze, Friendly Fusions, Sassy Sweethearts and Big & Bold -- all of which are available as individual components in quarts, mixed together in gallons, and also decorative containers and hanging baskets.
Risk of deadly virus
I received an email about the weather recently and thought it was just another gardening message. But as I read more, I realized this study out of Washington State University might be of interest to anyone who works in their homes or gardens in our valley.