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Driveway Herbs
We love our herb garden. Yes, we use some of them in cooking, but mostly because herbs have a wonderful "tactile" quality -- the smell good when you touch them.  There are a many people who walk along the our front side walk. So, we've attempted to bring some of the herbs out closer to the pedestrians, hope that they might enjoy the look and smell in an interesting setting.


Added several Thyme plants and sage plants to replace those that were damaged in the frost.
  • 'Doone Valley' -- Thymus doerfleri     (Stepables)
  • 'Archer's Gold' -- Thymus citriodorus    (Stepables)
  • 'Bressingham' -- Tymus praecox   (Stepables)
  • Purple Sage -- Salvia Officinalis 'Tricolor'
  • Cuban Oregano -- Plectranthus amboinicus
  • Variegated Elephant Bush -- Portulacaria Afra 'variegata'
    African succulent makes a foolproof indoor bonsai.  Full sun, 18" tall.


Added on to the driveway bed with a large slab of rock between sage & thyme bed and the new Blood Grass, dogwood & artemisia.

New 2006 Bed planted

Silver King Artemisia

Variegated Dogwood

Japanese Red Blood Grass

Paver between the two driveway beds.

Stone Board around herbs

Front Herb Bed

Front Herb Bed

Monolith for address



Ideas for bed edge

The plantings in the area are limited to two herbs -- sage and thyme. However, there are a mixture of varieties of each.  The Russian sage is used as a tall "anchor" plant and the thyme is used as a "creeping" plant that fills in the gaps and wonders across the boards.  The sage give some winter foliage as well. The photo on the right shows and idea of how a garden bed can drape over the paved border.
       We tried to accomplish the same idea using a cement "trough" next to the sidewalk and driveway to hold red pebble gravel and a planting area behind it for the herbs.  (See photos below to see the 2005 installation of this cement trough board.)  The trough was counter-sunk to hold the gravel with a lip on the back side to keep it from migrating into the plant area.  The green plants and red gravel, plus the variation of textures really looks great. However, one big problem is that the school children that walk past this area each day love to kick the gravel onto the side way. So, the gravel will have to go.

The Rock Place, 3405 So. 204th St. #6  Elkhorn, NE  68022
.57 Ton of Cherokee Sand 3/16 x 1/4  $46.74

Click photos to enlarge.

Garden Sage
salvia officinalis
Shooting up to three feet with its blooms, garden sage is a purple delight Flower color: purple
 purple_sage.jpg (96011 bytes) Purple Sage
Salvia offinalis purpurea
Aromatic, oval purple foliage is very ornamental.  Produces spikes of blue flowers.  Plant in full sun.  Grows 18' tall.
Golden Sage
salvia officinalis icterina
Can be used in any recipe calling for sage. Fresh leaves make an attractive garnish for roast chicken or turkey.  Flower color blue. Rarely blooms.
Pineapple Sage
salvia elegans
While pineapple sage does have a pineappley fragrance, its only real use in cooking is as a fresh edible flower. The flowers are reminiscent of honeysuckle and make a colorful addition to salads, fruit cocktails or any garnish. Their vibrant red color complements many dishes particularly attractive with yellow or green bell peppers. Flowers can be sugared and used to garnish cakes or cookie platters.
Great plant for attracting hummingbirds to the garden.  Flower color: bright red. Tubular shape.
2005 Plant Exchange
Berggarten Sage
salvia officinalis "berggarten'
Dense, compact growth habit with large, aromatic, gray-green leaves.  Use in cooking and for its decorative effects in the garden.  Full sun.
Started in 2005 Herb Garden
Cuban_oregano.jpg (93575 bytes) Cuban Oregano
Plectranthus amboincus
This aromatic species has fleshy green leaves and a trailing habit when the branches are allowed to grow long.  Cuban Oregano is a member of the same family as Coleus, and as such is not a true oregano. It makes a nice houseplant - especially the variegated type shown above, and is propagated easily by cuttings.
Purchased from HyVee Garden Center Spring 2005
  Elfin Thyme
Thymus praecox arcticus 'Elfin'

Hall's Woolly Thyme
Thymus praecox arcticus 'Hall's Woolly Thyme'

Pink Chintz
Thymus praecox arcticus

Ordered from Mountain Valley Growers.
Squaw Valley, CA
Spring 2006
elfin_thyme.jpg (42473 bytes)  Elfin Thyme  a.k.a. creeping thyme
Thymus praecox arcticus 'Elfin'
small closely spaced leaves and lowers makes it not only one of the smallest thymes but also one of the slowest growing thymes. It is a good choice for planting between stepping stones where spaces may be very small.
thymus cv.
Flower color: pinkish lavender
Coconut Thyme
Thymus praecox arcticus
Low growing perennial herb with tiny leaves scented like coconut.
Golden Thyme  
French Thyme
Narrow green leaves yield a spicy, sweet flavor.  Full Sun.
Lisianthus (Annual) added Spring 2006


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