How to Design a Herb Garden


 Keep Your Herb Garden Simple…Initially

The design of a herb garden mainly depends on the requirements set by the owner or its designers, plus the type and variation of herbs you are looking to grow. For a limited area, you can simply design an informal Herb Garden with vegetables, other flowering plants, or even with various types of shrubs and trees. But on thing is for certain, always keep things simple in the beginning and grow (excuse the pun) from there rather than trying to plant everything under the sun.

Although gardening needs a bit of hard work  it is actually an enjoyable hobby especially when your hard work is going to eventually be edible. If you have a special love or passion for gardening then you might want to take a bit more time before planting to analyze the soil, the temperature and the weather to ensure the best possible crop.

The purpose of having an Herb Garden is also important. For example, when you want to design a kitchen Herb Garden, it should be located near your kitchen to enable easy access of the herbs during harvesting time and also when you want to use the herbs during cooking or whenever you are trying to dry the herbs. Most of the basic ones need to receive a minimum of 4 to 6 hours of sunlight for their normal growth. Some of the common designs used include but are not limited to the Herbal Knot Garden design, Herb Garden Wheel layout, English Cottage Herb Garden design and the Container Herb Garden designs.

To Design an Herb Garden, you Need:

  • Live Herb Plants
  • Pond Supplies
  • Seeds
  • Trellises
  • Notebooks
  • Cameras
Do Your Research

In order to gather more information, you can just visit your local nurseries, agricultural parks and universities that specialize in herb gardens. You can also participate in tours organized by your local garden-club.

Designing a Herb Garden

  • First thing to do is to determine the garden area that you want to grow your herb garden in
    • You should bear in mind that the most popular culinary herbs need at least 10 hours of full sun per day while others only need much less.
    • Choose the right herb plants that you feel like growing in your garden and using for cooking later
  • You should know the purpose of your herb garden whether it is for
    • Growing culinary herbs only
    • Supplying dried herb’s leaves, petals and its flower heads for potpourri
    • To make dyes for your cloth or yarn
    • Herb garden for creating medicinal remedies
    • Herb garden that can be used for relaxing and resting after a hard day at work
  • Then, you need to know whether your soil and climate are suitable for growing the choice of herbs that you want to grow.  Generally speaking there should be advice on any packat planting box.
  • You can also plan to use containers to grow your herbs even though you have lots of space within your house
    • By using containers, it can create a different look in your garden
    • It is also easier for you to move the herb gardens during winter or a rainy period
  • Always remember to place a fence, wall or even trellis within the surrounding of your herb garden
  • You could also add a water feature just like a tiny fountain or birdbath so that your herb garden will attract birds and butterflies, plus also adding a sense of serenity to the garden and further increase the herb’s scent.

Even if your Herb Garden is Small

  • It still requires your attention and the occasional watering
  • You should not place your shortest plants at the corner of your garden beds because the area is vulnerable of being kicked or stomped by passers by.



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