Garlic Chives…edible ornamental that takes the heat!

Aug 23, 2010

Ok, looking for a perennial that will thrive and bloom during the worst of summer heat? AND you can eat it? Give garlic chives a try. This beauty just starting blooming about a week and a half ago in my garden, during one of the hottest Texas Augusts on record (Not sure we've seen a day below 104 all month).


The garlic chives in this photo are flanked by some 'Profusion Yellow' zinnias I just planted a couple of weeks ago, also in the heat, which are doing great. The 'Serena Purple' Angelonia and white periwinkles also look great in the heat.

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Aug 23, 2010
5:38 pm

Great post! I like the look of the garlic chives in the garden, and they’re edible…awesome combination!

Aug 23, 2010
5:39 pm

I have a beautiful clump of chives that are two years old now and no blooms in sight.  Of course, I can’t remember if they are garlic chives or regular chives. The only thing edible I have that is thriving right now is Okra - they are lovin’ the heat!

The only ornamental things blooming for me in this heat are marigolds and two new ones I bought at NHG.  Evolvulus (I’ve seen them labeled as both Blue Daze and Hawaiian Blue Eyes), are doing great even in reflected heat from the patio pool area. Problem with them is they close up around 4 pm and evenings are the most active outside time we have.
The second one is a pale yellow thing that looked so delicate I berated myself for wasting the money.  I was convinced that it wouldn’t last a week but was so pretty I bought it anyway.  Three months and it is going strong. As long as I water it every other day, it keeps a blooming.  Unfortunately, I lost the plant tag.
Here’s a photo of it still blooming right before I watered it. My outdoor thermometer says 108 by the pool.  It is just a little droopy….

Leslie Finical Halleck
Sep 01, 2010
9:02 am

Hey SerenDippity - sorry for the delayed response! The plant in your photo is called Callibrachoa, or Million Bells. They are usually at their peak for us in spring and fall, but yes, you can get them through the summer as long as you water them almost every day during the heat. Good job!

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