Fitting herbs into your garden

You can fit herbs into your garden and landscape in myriad ways. Tuck herbs into your flower garden, plant them among your vegetables, or give them a special garden of their own. Take advantage of their flowers or leaves to add spark to container gardens and window boxes. Use creeping kinds between paving stones, or allow them to trail over retaining walls. Even if you're challenged for space, you can grow some herbs on a sunny windowsill as houseplants.

If you need a few ideas on how and where to grow herbs, here's a list for inspiration:

  • Herb garden: Take a herbs-only approach and design an intricately patterned garden. A typical arrangement consists of a geometric border of tidy, compact plants such as basil or lavender surrounding groups of herbs with contrasting foliage colors and textures.
  • Ground cover: Creeping herbs such as thyme can cover large areas quickly or fill the gaps between stones in a path. Allow them to trail over a wall to add color and soften the effect of the stone.
  • Vegetable garden: Some herbs make natural companions for vegetable plants. Basil, for example, is said to improve tomatoes, whereas dill and cabbage complement each other.
  • Flower garden: Many herbs have beautiful flowers or foliage that add color and texture to flower borders. As a bonus, some of these plants attract butterflies and provide food for their larva. Good additions to your flower garden include catnip, lavender, chamomile, borage, and oregano.
  • Container garden: Treat them as ornamental plants or bring your culinary herbs closer to the kitchen by planting them in pots, tubs, or baskets. In cold climates, grow tender herbs such as rosemary and bay in pots that you can bring indoors for the winter. Be sure to give these Mediterranean-climate plants 14 to 16 hours of bright light year-round to keep them happy. Be sure to keep the soil moist but never soggy.

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Herbs 101

Herbs 101

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