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Could these plants conceivably be planted in the same garden?

by Sophia Forero
(Naperville, IL, USA)

By Stickpen - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20112830

By Stickpen - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20112830

Is it possible for hibiscus, valerian root, skullcap and hops be planted in the same garden? ALSO could ephedra be planted there too? I am asking because I am writing a book about Constantinople in the 500s... so my question is actually 2 fold:

1. Could all those plants be planted together?
2. Would they grow well outside of Constantinople, modern day Istanbul?

Thank you for your time! Please let me know if there is a fee for your help!

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Jul 20, 2020
The First Four
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

The first four plants could definitely be grown together. They are often planted close to each other, so they're compatible.

The other one, Ephedra, I think that needs less water than the other four, but that shouldn't be an issue, especially if your garden is large enough to have several different zones, a water feature and things like rock walls to give more moisture in the soil beneath them.

This sounds like it would be a lovely garden, with lots of variety and colour.

To answer the second question, would they grow well outside of the Constantinople area, that depends.

The Valerian and the Skullcap are typical herb garden plants in other areas, but not all Hibiscus would thrive in cooler climates. Hops are typical in a cottage garden. Ephedra is not for the faint of heart, being a desert plant so places like Britain would be a little too wet for it.

Jul 20, 2020
No Fee
by: Jacki

There's no charge for this help!

Jul 20, 2020
Thank youuuuuu
by: Sophia Forero

I sincerely appreciate your help! That’s excellent- all of those plants are integral to my story, and I wanted to double check my research. Again, thank you!!

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