Chives grow in clumps and spread slowly, so when planting divide the clump into smaller sections and plant in apart, and this will soon develop into a healthy patch of grass like foilage, with pink or white flowers (depending on variety).
They can also be grown easily from seed but need a temprature of 19°C to germinate, so best to start them off in pots in the greenhose or the windowsill and plant out when established. Plant 10-15 seeds per 3in pot.
Best Culinary Chive Varieties
Allium shoenoprasum - or more commonly known as the onion chive. Ht 30cm with purple flowers in summer. An excellent culinary variety and makes a great edging plant.
Allium tuberosum or Garlic chives - the name speaks for itself. Ht 40cm with white flowers all summer. Very mild flavour when young and tender, but the flavour becomes strong and coarse later on in the season.
Add chives to dishes towards the end of cooking to preserve the flavour, great for soups, omlettes, scrambled egg, cheese on toast, or in fact anything you want to give a bit of a light onion garnish to.