When designing your herb gardens, don't forget to include vertical growing herbs as well! These herbs will grow on vines, making romantic backdrops for privacy or stunning focal points in the garden.
A well-established vine can produce a nearly impassable wall of color and fragrance. It is more tolerable perhaps when uninvited neighbors are trying to see your business. Herbal vines also give a more lush appearance to an area that may not be filled out as well with herbs in the ground.
Any way... you look at it, herbal vines should be in every garden landscape.
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This lovely herb has a scented bloom that will make you fall in love every time you smell it. The scent alone is enough reason to plant this climbing vine, but jasmine also has the wonderful ability to scent any tea mix you may put together. This is how it works:
Jasmine tea is actually an herbal tea typically blended with green or white tea, which is then dried and stored until the jasmine leaves are ready. Once the blooms start opening, the dried tea is spread out and the fresh blooms laid on top. They are replaced as they wilt, while their heady fragrance permeates the tea leaves beneath.
Why not do the same thing with some of your dried herbs? You could also leave the jasmine blooms right in the herb mixture, although they are not as pretty as other herb blooms are.
Jasmine scented tea is very soothing and relaxing. It makes a great cup of tea after a stressful day.
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Roses are a fabulous way to create a wall of color and fragrance. They are useful for herbal healing, for color, and for privacy. Remember that growing rose vines will require a bit more tending, so ask for local/hardy varieties at your garden center.
Take a drive and ask your neighbors that have roses growing well, if they will share their secrets.
If you are looking for a highly fragranced hedge, wild roses can't be beaten. They are not the stunning beauty of a cultivated rose, but they make up for it in prolific, heady blooms.
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Raspberry is another must-have vine for the herb garden. It grows thick and quite fast in a single season, and if you are looking for a natural fence, raspberry canes are the fast answer.
There are thornless varieties for those who don't want to fight with the prickers, and the leaves are just as tasty. Since raspberries are so prolific, it makes frugal sense to consider this easy to grow fruit for privacy and food.
Raspberry leaves can be dried to make a wonderful tea. In fact, the natural tannin makes this a good choice to use as a base in all your herb tea recipes. You can pick raspberry leaves all season, with no effect on the berry harvest.
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Hops are known for their relaxing effect, as well as their importance in beer brewing. Now, consider how lovely the hops vine is, and consider growing one of these lovely climbing herbal vines.
Harvesting is easy; simply cut your female hops plant down to the roots in the fall. The cones that hang from the vines, and what makes for a relaxing brew.
Since the hops vine dies back every fall, cleanup is a breeze, and you can start fresh the next spring.