Garden Companions

IM005229Wormwood, one of the silver herbs, is a showy display plant in the garden–but she has a reputation for not playing well with others.  The wormwood known as “Old Woman,” above, can actually inhibit the growth of other plants.  But the Shasta daisies growing next to it in this bed seem to be surviving well.  I can’t say as much for the false indigo that USED to grow on the Wormwood’s left!  Indigo usually thrives, and did for the first year.  But when I planted wormwood next to it, she died back and refused to appear at all for one season.  The indigo is cautiously creeping back, but I can’t say she will decide to stay.

Since I love the silvery foliage of the wormwood, I’m over-looking its unfriendly temperment.  The white daisies look especially bright next to its silver fronds, don’t you think?  Daisies, representing innocence, perhaps can tame the bad habits of its neighbor, at least enough to live together harmoniously.  They aren’t exactly on speaking terms, but they tolerate one another.


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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