Sometimes there’s a plant or seed that’s so foolproof it’s perfect for beginning gardeners – a confidence booster – and yet so lovely that even accomplished gardeners include it in their landscape plans.
That would be borage, a soft, fuzzy herb with beautiful bright-blue, star-shaped flowers that hang in clusters. Borage is listed as an herb, and apparently the flowers are edible in salads and also make a nice tea. Honestly, I’ve never used the flowers for eating or sipping…just for garden pleasure.
Sow borage from seed directly into a flower bed or herb bed. This year year I sprinkled a packet of borage seeds in an empty, sandy patch of soil with good morning sun. Springtime is the usual season to sow borage seed, but it’s so rarin’-to-grow that it can be planted just about any time during the warm months. It may self-seed from year to year, and so establish itself nicely in a semi-permanent spot. In moderate zones borage may overwinter, although it is listed as an annual. Super economical either way.
With my borage blooming out now (mid-June) my plants fit wonderfully alongside the stalks of ever-taller sunflowers in back of it. Borage can be grown in mixed containers of flowers and herbs, as it is not a heavy feeder and its light-green leaves mix well with other textures and colors.