An herb garden can be great fun since its creator can customize it to suit his or her personality, tastes, and gardening habits. Not only can you choose the plants, but there are a variety of ways that you can use an herb garden can enhance the landscaping of your yard.
Once you get started with your herbgarden, you’ll find that there is more that you can do with these wonderfully practical plants than you might at first imagine. For example, you can create eclectic dried herb decorative arrangements, and make homemade vinegars, teas, and jams. Some people even plant their own herb gardens for medicinal purposes. For example, sage can be used to sooth a sore throat, peppermint is an herb known for its aid to the digestive system, and angelica can relieve a cough. Herbs can also be included in recipes for sauces, desserts, and the seasoning of meats and salads. Many have edible followers, offering a unique way to decorate desserts and main courses.
When creating an herb garden, you can arrange the look you want by considering color and texture. For example, marigolds come in a wide range of yellows and oranges. Place them next to bergamot with its spectacular scarlet flowers and you have a bold centerpiece for your herb garden. For a softer look, pastel pink gillyflower looks great next to purple sage. Some herbs are wispy, others are prickly – some are fern-like, others have very broad leaves. When planting an herb garden, you can virtually create any look you want.
Herb gardens are not limited to plots of ground – many herbs grow great in pots. This means that you could arrange pots of herbs on your deck or patio. Some herb experts believe that raised herb staging is the best way to display a potted herb garden. Herb staging, inspired by the 18th-century uses of confined spaces, is the process of placing plants at different heights to maximize the use you your space. You might also consider an herbal window box or a small brick-edged garden. In fact, rocks, stone, and bricks are a great way to enhance or outline any herb garden.
Consider using rock as a border for your herb garden -- you’ll get an elegant yet ruggedly finished look to your garden. Rocks also add protection to your flower beds. The rock will keep weeds from growing up in addition to holding moisture in. Rock rocks in your herb garden will be a great addition to keep everything growing well and actually can save you money since you will not have to water as often as you would if you simply used mulch instead of the rock.
When first putting together your herb garden, consider using the hardier herbs until you get some practice with the varied needs of herbs. Some to start out with are chives, thyme, rosemary, mint, purple sage, lemon balm, and lavender. Parsley, cilantro, and oregano also do well for most people.