An Herb Garden Design to Suit your Needs

01/15/2012

An Herb Garden Design to Suit your Needs

 

When starting an herb garden, one of the things you need to decide on is your design. This means selecting the herbs you will be planting and how you will locate them in your garden.

An excellent herb garden design has a lot of benefits. For one, it is essential to making sure that the herbs you plant are given the right conditions to thrive. Another benefit is you create a garden that is pleasing to look at and easy to care for. And lastly, having a design from the outset will prevent you from making mistakes in placing your herbs.

Designing an herb garden to suit your needs can be daunting for a beginner. To help with this crucial first step, consulting veteran gardeners and guides like “Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide to Herbs and Herb Gardening” will really go a long way in making sure you get to enjoy a thriving garden as well as a rewarding hobby.

Designing your own herb garden depends on several factors: lifestyle, needs, overall purposes and personal preferences. Let’s take a look at some of these factors.

Designing and creating your herb garden based on your lifestyle means finding herbs that you have uses for. It also means choosing herbs that you will be able to easily care for given the amount of attention that you can actually give your garden.

For example, you decide that you want an herb garden that will provide you fresh and flavorful herbs for cooking. In this case, your choice would be those that are used most often in cooking. You may want to plant these in movable containers so that you can put them in your kitchen, where it will be convenient for you to use them.

Some people want to grow herbs for aromatherapy or as raw material for various crafts. In this case, their hobby will influence the types that they will want to grow in their garden. For aromatherapy, popular herbs are camomile and lavender.

Let’s say you decide that you want one that’s great for entertaining guests. In this case, you may choose herbs depending on how big they grow or if they bear flowers or not. You may also decide to allot a bigger space for your garden and build an outdoor patio for full effect.

If you have limited space available for your garden, then you need to choose herbs that don’t grow to big. Those that can thrive indoors or in container gardens are excellent choices. Container herb gardening is specially great for those who live in apartments but still want to engage in gardening.

There are also plants that you will need to pay special attention to. Take note that chives, lavender and mint are invasive herbs – they tend to spread easily and overrun your garden. So when growing these, putting them in containers and away from your other plants is important.

Some plants that are grown next to each other tend to influence each others properties. For example, tomatoes when planted beside basil or thyme will acquire the flavor of the herb.

You can also choose an herb garden design based on various themes. For example, you can have an Italian theme and plant herbs like basil, parsley, rosemary, oregano, sage and other herbs mostly used in Italian dishes. Or you can also to make a theme out of a certain herb and plant different varieties of it in your garden.

More formal herb garden designs usually involve designing around geometrical shapes with paths, walkways or kiosks. Herbs of various heights are selected for their pleasing and complementary appearance.

If you are serious about cultivating an organic herb garden, be sure to check out “Healthy Happy Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide To Herbs and Herb Gardening” by Jeannie Woods. It’s a book packed with all the information you need to be able to successful start and keep a thriving organic herb garden.

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