Flowers In Your Garden (pt5)

Yes I kmow that Dill is not a pretty blooming flower. However every garden should have a few dill plants.
Dill is an annual, self seeding plant with feathery green leaves. It is commonly used in soups, stews, salads and pickling. Dill is easy to grow and attracts beneficial insects to your garden.
Sow dill seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 6 to 8 inches apart in rich well drained soil. The soil should be around 60%F to 70%F for best results.
Hint Dill does not grow well when transplanted, so start the seeds directly in your garden soil. Seedlings will emerge in about 10 to 14 days. Thin your plants to about 12 to 18 inches apart.
Plant Dill In your garden next to cabbage or onions.

Myrtle Spurge
It has blue gray, evergreen leaves spiral up the trailing stems that bear bright yellow green flower heads from mid-spring to summer.

Great for contailers and dry sites.
It likes full sun, well drained soil and will tolerate dry and poor soils. It will over wintet as far nort as zone 5 with a little care and winter protection.

Planr directly in your container(s) or garden after last frost.
Hint Self-seeds prolifically if not deadheaded.

Summer Savory
This aromatic, hardy annual herb is best in mass plantings where its small, lilac pink flowers are most effective. As an ornamental, the bronze purple fall foliage is also attractive. Use as an oregano like seasoning over Winter Savory because it is less pungent.

Savory likes full sun, well drained soil and will tolerate dry and poor soils. Sow seed in containers or directly in the garden. Cover seed very lightly. It should germinate in about 14 days. Plants will withstand light frost. Space plants about 1 foot apart.

Tansy
Button shaped yellow flowers dot the tops of 3 foot tall plants that are at home in borders, cottage gardens, meadows or naturalistic plantings. Foliage is fern like and plants spread by underground rhizomes.

Tansy likes full sun, well drained soil with a pH of 4.8 to 7.5. It will tolerate dry, poor soil.

Plant seeds directly in containers or in your garden after last frost, barely covering seed and not allowing soil to dry out. Crispum (Fernleaf tansy, Curly tansy) is a good choice.

Zinnia
Zinnia is an old fashion easy to grow almost never fail garden classic. It delivers blooms in nearly every color of the rainbow. Hint Plant where air circulation is good to avoid late season disease problems.
Plant seeds directly in your flower garden after frost danger has passed. Seed will germinate when your soil has reached 70%F to 75%F. Seedlings will emerge in about 7 days.

Here are 4 varieties for your consideration.
* Envy Double’: yellow-green flowers are dense and double. Plants are 2’ tall and prefer semi-shaded, protected sites.
* Lilliput’ Series: 2’ tall plants with small (2” wide) flowers in shades of white, pink, orange, yellow, and red.
* Peppermint Stick Mix’: large, double flowers are cream or pale yellow with mottling and spotting in red and pink. Plants are 2’ tall.
* Ruffles’ Series: 2’ tall plants with prolific double flowers in pink, red, white and yellow.

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9 responses to “Flowers In Your Garden (pt5)

  1. How much sunlight does dill need? Or rather much shade can it tolerate?

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    • All the seed sellers say Full Sun, but I have had pretty good luck in part and even in full shade. It will get leggy and may need staking. As for me when it get lanky and falls over, I cut it off and use the tender parts fresh and I also dry dill for use in winter soups and stews. Any left over parts go into my compost pile or the pig feeder.
      Good luck

      Happy Gardening

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  2. We tried to plant dill but the rabbits kept getting new shoots.

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  3. I’m growing dill and tansy, both beautiful herby plants, great for the insect life.

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