Herb garden landscaping is best known for structure, form and design. If you want to learn about herb gardening, you're in for a treat. The reason? Growing a garden of
organic herbs is easy, inexpensive, and very rewarding.
As you grow your herbs, youre growing
plants that may be culinary, aromatic, and ornamental.
A culinary herbs produces herbs
that have a wide range of uses in cooking. Popular culinary herbs include
chives, savory, marjoram, mint, thyme, parsley, sage and basil.
The aromatic herbs produce herbs
which have pleasant smelling flowers or foliage. Oils from aromatic herbs can be
used to produce perfumes and various scents. Some common aromatic herbs include
mint, marjoram, rosemary, and basil.
herbs have brightly colored flowers and foliage. Many have white or
light-colored flowers. Such herbs as variegated thyme, mint, lavender, and
chives produce colorful foliage.
Designing An Herb Garden
Herb garden landscaping needs a bright, sunny
spot. Your garden will do best separated from the rest of your landscape,
such as near walkways, walls, or fences.
A kitchen garden can be an area about 20
by 4 feet. Individual 12 x 18 inch plots are adequate for separate herb garden
Its a good idea to keep annual and perennial herbs separate.
Simple designs are best for herb gardens.
For visual effect,
make the boundaries between various parts of the garden clearly visible.
Bricks work well for this, and they blend nicely with the texture and colors of
the herb foliage.
Growing Your Herb Garden
Here's the best part... most herbs are easy to
grow! Prepare your garden in well-drained soil. In fact, drainage is the
most important factor for a successful garden. Most herbs grow best in soil
that is not too rich, so avoid too much fertilizer, manure and compost. Highly
fertile soil in an garden produces excessive amounts of foliage with poor
Many herbs are annuals and the seed must
be sown each year. In small gardens, it is best to sow the seed in trays
and transplant the seedlings. Perennial herbs can be grown from seed, cuttings
Perennial herbs can be grown from seed,
cuttings or divisions. Again, in the designed garden, it is best to use
established plants rather than seeds.
To help you learn
about herb gardening, we've put together a list of popular and easy-to-grow
herbs to plant in your first basic garden. Check it out!