Chives are a perennial member of the onion family that sport beautiful edible flowers. Here’s how to grow chives in your garden!
Chives are cool-season, cold-tolerant perennials that are best planted in early spring for a late spring and early summer harvest.
Be mindful when planting this herb, as it will take over your garden if the flowers are allowed to develop fully (the flowers scatter the seeds). However, this plant is easy to dig up and move if it does end up invading other parts of your garden.
The two species of chives commonly grown in home gardens are common chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and garlic chives (A. tuberosum):
|Botanical Name||Allium schoenoprasum, A. tuberosum|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Loamy, Sandy|
|Soil pH||Slightly Acidic to Neutral|
|Flower Color||Pink, Purple, Red, White|
|Hardiness Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|Special Features||Attracts Butterflies|