One of the garden display themes at the NC State Fair competition was “Fresh Herbs and Flowers for a Cutting Garden.” One display, by Shane Pierce, really caught my attention with the jam packed garden design. The combinations played off of a mix of blooming flowers and colorful foliage from the herbs. The garden included plenty of edibles as well as ornamentals for a cutting garden. The plant list included:
Salvia madrensis (yellow giant sage)
salvia x microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ bicolor
salvia guaranitica ‘black & blue’
salvia elegans (pineapple sage)
perovskia ‘Little Spires’
Helianthus annus (sunflowers)‘Chocolate Cherry’
Helianthus annus ‘Florenza bicolor’
Helianthus annus‘Double Sun Gold’
Helianthus annus‘Starburst Aura’
Thyme: Wooly, Silver, Mother of Thyme
Rosemary ‘Tuscan Blue’ and ‘officinalis prostrate’
Lavender ‘Hidcote Blue’
Sweet Italian Basil
Red Ruben Basil
Nasturtiums ‘Jewel Mix’ and ‘Empress of India’
Silver Dollar Eucalyptus
Achillea millefolium ‘Summer Pastels’
Monarda ‘Purple Delight’, 'Jacob Cline’ and ‘Raspberry Wine’
Gaura 'Perky Pink'
Celosia 'Pampas Plume'
Coreopsis 'Threadleaf Yellow'
Cosmos 'Sensation Picotee'
Morning Glory 'Gigante' and 'Celestial Mix'