Anyway, on to my epiphany. I have a love for the special lemony herbs. I find myself drawn to their crisp citrus scent and sharp herbal taste. I think my stepmom awoke this awareness when she introduced me to lemon verbana. Each year at the Tilth plant sale, I have to rein in my fingers from snatching every lemony planted. An added bonus is that many lemon-scented herbs are considered good for a host of health issues including digestion and depression.
I think I shall make a little spot, perhaps near my future miniature lavender field, for a geometric lemon herb showcase. I like the checker board looks like this one below, but since several of these plants will grow tall with central stalks rather than ground cover, it probably won't work quite as well. When I mentioned it to J, he thought a tesselated pattern* would be fun, like Escher's salamanders, but I think the pattern would get lost unless done with only ground covers.
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check out the rest of the post for some fun grass designs
- Lemon Verbana Aloysia citriodora, Aloysia triphylla - I've bought this plant twice but can't seem to winter it properly, it seems I will have to keep it in a pot and find somewhere to winter it inside but away from the cat.
- Lemon balm Melissa officinalis
- lemon thyme Thymus x citriodorus
- lemon basil Ocimum xcitriodorum
- lemon grass Cymbopogon citratus
- Lemon-scented geranium (maybe)
- Lemon mint (maybe)
*Yes, I realize a checkerboard is a tesslation.