21 Aug Design Your Own Herb Garden

Planting herbsIf you don’t already have an herb garden, consider adding one. Herb gardens have an interesting rich, history and offer the gardener a chance to experiment with different plants and garden styles.  They have been cultivated for thousands of years for medicinal purposes as well as culinary use. They also are beautiful contributions to the garden. Many old estates had herb gardens for both medicinal and culinary use.


Create your design

Are you garden beds chaotic and without structure or design? Now is the perfect opportunity to design a formal garden. You can use bricks, crushed stone or mulch to define geometric beds. A focal point, such as a bird bath, sundial or obelisk will help center your design. Search for something original to make your garden really stand out. Many unique pieces can be found in antique shops. Enclose your garden with a fence or wall to create a peaceful space to relax and enjoy. Finally, add a garden bench or a couple of chairs. Click here for design ideas.


Add your plants

Next, it’s time to add your plants. Some herbs have healing properties while others are culinary wonders. Best of all, are the ones that serve both purposes. Common healing herbs are rosemary, fennel and lavender. While basil, parsley, sage and cilantro are some of the most common culinary herbs. Most herbs need six or more hours of sunlight and well – drained soil to flourish. Some herbs are perennial, meaning they’ll come back year after year.  In contrast, some herbs, depending on your hardiness zone, will need to be planted annually.


Enjoy an herb garden with limited space

Even if you have limited space, you can still enjoy the benefits of herbs. They can be tucked into an established bed or you can create a mini herbal garden in a pot or window box. In addition, herbs can even be grown on a sunny windowsill.


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