Flowering annuals such as dill not only are tasty and edible herbs, but they add charm to a garden. Planting dill in your flower garden heightens its aesthetic atmosphere while at the same time protecting certain plants and vegetables. Companion planting is the art of selective plant and herb placement to mutually benefit its neighbors. Like other herbs and vegetables, some plants are benefited by dill while others are beneficial to dill. When laying out your plant or vegetable garden, learn how to use dill beneficially. It is not only an aromatic, attractive herb, but it makes a good companion to many plants.
Dill Companion Planting
Planting dill in your vegetable or flower garden will attract beneficial visitors and repel pests. In a vegetable garden, dill benefits members of the cabbage family, corn, cucumbers, members of the onion family and lettuce. Avoid planting it with carrots and tomatoes. Dill can be planted among flowers as well. Many of the same insects it attracts help with flowers too. Dill attracts wasps, hoverflies, tomato horn worms and honeybees. On the other hand, dill repels aphids, mites, cabbage loopers and squash bugs. Dill is also one of the few annuals that can be planted with fennel which should be avoided by almost everything else.
Where to Plant Dill in the Garden
Dill should be planted in full sun. The soil should be well drained, and because dill can grow to a height of two or three feet, consider what you plant next to it. Dill self seeds, so you can expect it to return next year provided the soil conditions are the same. Plant dill next to flowers of varying color. Its light green stem and yellowish green flowers contrast nicely with flowers that produce dark petals. If garden aesthetics are your main concern, sprinkle dill seeds in a variety of locations throughout your flower garden. Imagine a bouquet of flowers accentuated by sprigs of green leaves that allow the vibrant colors of the flowers to stand out. Dill serves a similar purpose in a garden, but it is also very aromatic.
The ideal time to harvest dill is when the weather is cool, usually in the morning. Cut the flower heads after they begin to go to seed, but be sure to let some complete the life cycle to reseed the ground. A dill harvest is another advantage of growing this herb. If you enjoy making pickles, grow plenty of dill. For each jar of dill pickles, at least two flower heads and several sprigs are necessary. Fresh dill can also be added to salads or other culinary concoctions.
Planting dill in your flower garden is both good for the flowers and aesthetically pleasing. Dill is an aromatic herb that attracts honeybees and other beneficial insects while repelling certain pests. Dill can be used for flower garden contrast, or it can be harvested and used in pickling or cooking. If you let some of your dill plants go to seed, they will self seed and regenerate themselves during the next growing season.