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Friday Favorite: Garlic Chives

August 11th, 2017

A few years ago I heard about garlic chives and purchased a small plant at a local nursery and planted it in the garden. It wasn’t happy in that spot and languished for the next few years, my guess is that the quack grass in the area was providing too much competition. Last summer, I finally decided it needed moved to the main vegetable garden to see if it would perk up and look better. If it continued to languish it would head to the compost pile. After a year in this new spot it is thriving and is stunning!

It has probably quadrupled in size and it is blooming profusely. The golf ball sized white blooms are a favorite for the honeybees. Garlic chives make a great addition to the mid/late season garden. So often this is the time when things are starting to wane and fall flowers haven’t picked up yet. This plant would be great in a mixed border or a mass planting. Now that this beauty has taken off, I’m going to propagate it to add it around the garden. The potager could definitely use some shorter, round flowers this time of year. I’m thinking this will pair beautifully with my Russian tarragon.

What plants are you loving in the garden right now?

4 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Garlic Chives”
  1. Nebraska Dave on August 11, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Susy, after four years of unsuccessful sweet corn due to raccoons, last year was a good year. This year, however, the corn was abundant and raccoons failed to breach the perimeter fences so ever last ear was untouched. Yay! I have one more bed of about 90 ears to deal with before the sweet corn year is over.

    Is garlic chives just a flower or is it a plant to season prepared dishes?

    Have a great garlic chives day in the garden.

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  2. Joan on August 11, 2017 at 7:00 am

    For visual interest I’m loving the oregano that you gave me last year – it is blooming profusely and is so beautiful! I need to remove part of it from the garden though – it is spreading like mad! I am also enjoying my lilies – they are so beautiful. And of course the wild black-eyed susans which make my fields look so beautiful!

    For edibles, I’m loving the cucumbers and my herbs. I should have tomatoes in a week or so, but they are not looking really good right now. My garden did not appreciate the month of dryness when I was gone and there was no rain!

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  3. PennyAshevilleNC on August 11, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I enjoy my garlic chives- they have purple flowers that I use to flavor vinegar. I love the puffy white blooms on yours!

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  4. Hannah on August 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I don’t have chives but I go walking in the morning through some wild-ish areas. And there is a white flower bush that I just love. I’d call it a chive bush if I didn’t know better. Is there such a thing?

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