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Two lavender hybrids

These will grow on the Middle Peninsula:

My earliest foray into gardening included growing herbs in small pots on the kitchen windowsill. Later, I expanded to larger pots on the deck, and then to a raised bed outside the kitchen door. I still grow herbs in a raised bed, but years ago, I began to incorporate various herbs into the perennial beds. Two massive rosemaries (Salvia rosmarinus synonym Rosmarinus officinalis) are competing to see which one can block the front garden walkway most effectively. A huge patch of Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare sub. hirtum) has been spreading its spicy fragrance in the garden for at least 10 years, and English and lemon thyme (Thymus spp.) serve as edging for some of the perennial beds. Finally, a sage (Salvia officinalis “Berggarten”) outgrew its space in the front garden, and I had to move it to the raised bed to prevent it from crowding out the smaller perennials.

But I couldn’t grow lavender. I planted various cultivars of English (Lavand...

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