Chives (Allium schoenoprasum L.), a perennial herb in the onion and garlic family, grows to about 12 inches tall and 15 inches wide. Start chives from seed indoors two months before the expected last frost or you can plant potted chives in the spring. Choose a sunny location.
I planted one chive plant from a small pot in the spring. The following spring, I divided the root ball into three plants. The next spring, I divided those three plants and now have six robust chive plants. The plants are hardy and drought tolerant. Chives are also suitable for a window flower box, making it easy to snip some stems from indoors.
The stems and blooms of chives offer a mild onion flavor. Break apart the raggedy-looking purple-pink flower and add to cooked vegetables, salads or in cream cheese dip. Snip the stems to use in salads, soups, or dip. Drop blooms or stems into a small container of olive oil to flavor the oil for dipping bread.