Herb Garden Design Ideas

[Music] Every garden needs herbs! Herbs like this rosemary are what transform meals, contributing bags of flavor and turning the.


[Music] Every garden needs herbs! Herbs like this rosemary
are what transform meals, contributing bags of flavor and turning
the ordinary into the extraordinary. The great thing about herb gardens is that
they can be designed for any style, size or shape. If you’re looking for a few ideas to fit more herbs
into your garden, you’ve come to the right place. you’ve come to the right place. There are herbs for every situation, so whether you have just a compact corner to spare,
or an entire garden, you can use herbs to create a space that’s both
useful and beautiful. Choose herbs suited to your growing conditions. Herbs like rosemary, oregano, sage, and thyme
thrive in drier, sunnier positions, while softer leafy herbs like mint, parsley, chives
and lovage grow well in moist, part-shaded areas. Grow herbs in among your vegetables, alongside
flowering ornamentals, in a wildflower meadow, on the patio, or within a dedicated herb garden –
the choice is yours. When designing with herbs the first thing to consider,
after growing requirements, is growth habit. Tall, statuesque herbs like angelica
contribute vertical interest to the garden. They are generally planted towards the back of a bed
so they don’t overshadow shorter plants, but can also look great thrusting skywards
amongst lower growing plants. Medium-sized herbs from about 1-3 foot (30cm –
1 meter) in height will form the bulk of your planting. Combine a variety of leaf shapes, colors and textures
to break up blocks of planting. And of course, most herbs will also draw in numerous
beneficial bugs, most noticeably bees, that will go on to help pollinate vegetables and fruits. Lower-growing herbs like parsley or chives should be
planted at the front of any scheme where they can form a neat edging or spill outwards. Herbs for edging look simply stunning. Growing alongside a path they’ll release their
aroma every time you brush past. Creeping herbs like thyme, oregano and prostrate
forms of rosemary are great for growing within paving, planted into cracks, opportunistically
at the edges, between slabs or in other gaps. From here they’ll extend out
to soften hard surfaces while taking advantage of the radiated heat
to waft their delicious fragrance even further. These types of herbs work well bursting out
from any landscaped surface to create a more relaxed, informal feel. Or try planting them en masse to form a practical yet
highly attractive living mulch that also works to crowd out weeds. Formal herb gardens use straight lines
and patterns for pleasing symmetry. Raised beds especially lend themselves to this type
of setup, helping create a sense of ordered calm. Plant a mix of herbs or just one type of herb per bed to emphasize the order and make maintenance far simpler. Formal needn’t be on a grand scale. A simple herb wheel is a great way to pack a handy selection of herbs into a space little wider
than your average steering wheel. Selecting herbs that enjoy the same growing conditions,
like this wheel of Mediterranean herbs, makes ongoing care easier. While dividing up the space
into individual planting pockets helps stop herbs growing into each other
or one herb from dominating. Many gardeners can only afford space for
a few pots of herbs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t
design an effortlessly stylish herbal heaven. Cluster pots of herbs, salads and vegetables together
to create a living tapestry of leafy loveliness. Use bold forms like rosemary
to create a feature on your terrace , or mix them up in stone or metal troughs
and herb towers to really pack your herbs in while ensuring an eye-catching centerpiece
that feeds both body and soul. Herbs can also be used to offer vertical interest by growing them in containers held up on posts
or secured onto walls and fences. Designing your own herb garden is hugely
satisfying, and our Garden Planner makes it easy. Play around with different layouts at your leisure. Drop in any number of containers,
planters, troughs or raised beds from the selection bar or design your own beds
using the drawing tools here. Once you’re done, select herbs from the
drop-down menu and begin planting. If you’re unsure which herbs are best
for your garden, click on the Information buttons here for handy growing advice,
plus details on how each herb may be used. You can also use the Custom Filter
button here to narrow down the selection to show, for example, only easy to grow
plants, or plants that will grow in partial shade. Have fun trying out a few designs
and perfecting a herb garden that’s unique to you. Herbs contribute so
much to the garden – and us – whether it’s a little something for livening up
recipes or a profound sense of beauty. I hope we’ve given you some inspiration to
get started anyhow. If you already have a herb garden please do tell
us about it in the comments section below. Is it formal or informal? Separate from
the rest of the garden, or interspersed throughout? We’d love to know! And we’d love you to become a regular visitor
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