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Hillside herb garden

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Look at this beautiful little hillside garden! This is a great example of what you can do on a hillside using natural materials that you might have in the forest or around your yard.

It looks more casual, not quite as formal. It's built just using field stones and stones that you might have around the yard. You're not using formal terraces or blocks, but just having stepping stones in between the paths and then growing, in this case, an herb garden! Right up the hillside.

There are lots of purposes for an herb garden, and one of them is just to attract a lot of pollinating insects! Plants like bee balm, borage, anise hyssop, and the broadleaved chives are great plants. When they are flowering, the bees, bumble bees and hummingbird moths love them!

The hummingbird moths are going to be working those flowers day and night just to get all of the nectar out.

With herb gardens most people think of culinary herbs, like basil for example, or some medicinal herbs. But there are some unusual herb plants you can grow, too. One that really kind is unusual is the Dictamnus or the Gas Plant. When this plant is in flower, supposedly you can light a match, put it next to the flower and actually a little flame will come out.

Yes, really. So you could have some fun plants in your herb garden, too. It's not all just about culinary plants and medicinal plants.

By Charlie Nardozzi

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