Herb gardens have been planted for centuries. As you read the herb garden ideas here, think of what elements you like best and would fit into your unique herb garden design.
You can tuck herbs into your larger garden design. Many herbs attract beneficial insects and/or repel pests!
Or you can have a separate herb garden.
You can make your herb garden design complicated or simple, manicured or natural, formal or informal.
Your herb garden can include:
or some of each.
Give your herb garden one or more focal points -- an urn, a garden bench, a favorite statue, a showy group of plants such as globe alliums -- to draw the eye and give your garden more interest.
Things like benches, fountains, and birdbaths can be functional as well as beautiful.
Woody herbs like rosemary, lavender, and bay are useful in creating hedges, topiary, or bonsai.
You can use these to make a parterre -- a formal design where plants are separated by small dividers.
Or you can use these woody herbs as ground cover, borders, showcase plants (perhaps a rosemary bonsai on a stand in a sheltered spot in your garden), or as a hedge around the entire herb garden, to set it off from the rest of the yard.
For those of you with limited space or invasive plants such as mint:
Pots with annual herbs, plants doing poorly, or ones that won't overwinter outside in your area can be switched out fairly easily, keeping the area looking good all year round.
Consider combining herbs with dwarf or espalier fruit trees and/or ornamental vegetables (this is known as a potager) if space for your garden is an issue.
And don't forget up! Going vertically can save a lot of space.
There are so many possible theme ideas for herb gardens!
We go into garden themes, colors, and styles in great depth in my Tasteful Yard Design course.
I hope that these herb garden ideas have been helpful to you. You can find lots more herb garden ideas over on Houzz.com.
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