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Indoor Herb Garden Tips

Chives Very easy to grow, chives are a member of the onion family and are used to flavor soups, potatoes and eggs. The linear leaves should be trimmed when they reach 4 inches, and frequently afterward. Start from seed or divide an existing clump and plant directly in soil.   Dill Though short-lived, dill's tangy leaves make it a good winter candidate. Plant the seeds thickly, about 20 per pot. Trim the entire plant once leaves reach 3 inches tall, and frequently thereafter. Toss at season's end. Start from seed.   Lavender Opt for Hidcote or Munstead varieties for easy growth, plus flowers and fragrance that last all winter long. Good drainage is essential; lavender is prone to root rot. Remove flowers as they fade. Start from crown division or buy a starter plant.   Mint Choose a variety with a fragrance profile you prefer: peppermint, chocolate or even apple with its fuzzy, grayish leaves. Mint spreads abundantly outside, but works well in a container with regular trimming. Start from seed or cutting.   Oregano Varieties of this hardy perennial like well-drained soil and low humidity. Snip sprigs when the plant grows several inches tall; keep trimming to promote growth. Plant from a crown division or starter plant.   Parsley This is another plant that grows easily inside. Eating parsley aids digestion and reduces inflammation. Transplant it outside come spring, and you'll attract swallowtail butterflies. Plant from seed.   Rosemary Trim the leaves and flowering tops of this needled herb to flavor fish and meat or infuse aromatic oils and soaps. The Herb Society of America recommends cutting stems above any woody growth and avoiding dry, brown or yellowing leaves. Plant from cutting or seed.  

David Austin Roses

David Austin Rose varieties - Spring 2015 Fighting Temeraire Apricot Abraham Darby Peach Heritage Pink Wollerton Old Hall White Golden Celebration Yellow Graham Thomas Yellow Teasing Georgia Yellow The Lady Gardener Apricot Pat Austin Copper Heathcliff Crimson Red William Shakespeare 2000 Crimson Red Jubilee Celebration Pink Lady Emma Hamilton Orange Mary Rose Pink Princess Alexandra of Kent Pink Young Lycidas Pink/Red Winchester Cathedral White Charles Darwin Yellow Charlotte Yellow Darcy Bussell Crimson Red Munstead Wood Dark Red Princess Anne Pink Boscobel Pink/Salmon Molineux Yellow

Beautyberry

Beautyberry is a deciduous shrub noted for its brightly colored, tightly clustered berries that remain on the bush into winter. Other common names are American beautyberry and American mulberry. About This Plant Fast-growing deciduous shrubs, beautyberries grow 4 to 8 feet tall and wide. Plant them in a natural woodland setting under tall shade trees or as an informal hedge along the perimeter of a property. Beautyberries have small, lavender-pink, lilac-like flowers in spring, followed by vivid purple or white berries in fall. The berries attract birds, as well as provide winter color. Although the berries are edible, they aren't the most desired food of birds and often hang on the bush into late winter. The foliage turns an attractive yellow in fall. Special Features-Four season interest