8 Herb Garden Ideas that are Really Amazing
Thinking outside of the box is a great way to bring flavor to an old idea, why go the traditional way when there are so many ways to explore that will create interest, this is one of the nature of working with nature as we let those creative juices flow creating a work of art.
Garden herbs are a real blessing because of the many benefits they offer, herbs have a pleasant aroma, gives those mouth-watering dishes such flavors, herbs have so many healing properties that can be used to make teas and other healthy drinks and are loaded with vitamins.
No wonder why garden herbs are getting so much attention and guess what, the good news is you can also if you haven’t as yet taken advantage of herbs by growing them from your home garden. Below we will not just be discussing herbs but how we can think outside of the box getting away from the old traditional ways of growing herbs as we explore more exciting ways of growing herbs from our home garden.
Try these 8 ideas of growing herbs
1. Growing herbs in a hanging basket
Breakaway from the tradition of growing flowering plants in baskets why not grow herbs instead. Installing chives, mint or rosemary is a great way to grow your very own homegrown herbs. The hanging basket can be hung from your porch, mounted on a wall, attach to your fence, attach basket from a tree branch, from a post, etc.. these are all great ideas ensure however that wherever you’re hanging your baskets they get at least 5-6 hours of sunlight.
2. Container planters
Container planters are also great to grow herbs, planting rosemary in containers, and placing the containers on either side of your door entrance will not only produce such wonderful fragrance but will be a delight to your guest.
Placing containers throughout your garden area with different kinds of herbs is a real treat, what is also great is these herbs will attract wildlife such as birds bees, and butterflies along with beneficial insects that are so cool.
3. Align your driveway with herbs
Instead of flowering plants why not align your driveway with garden herbs, I believe this makes an amazing landscaping design. As you drive up your driveway herbs such as rosemary with their beautiful bloom will look so stunning.
4. Walkway areas
The use of herbs in walkways will go a long way to bring that WOW to this area. Imagine walking along your garden pathway with the fragrance of rosemary or mint filling the air along with the many wildlife, these herbs attract. This will give the feeling of a nature walk in your very own backyard and when you are ready you can pick a few to flavor your favorite dish or to make a cup of tea that is all-natural wow talk about the good life.
5. A rock garden
The traditional way of growing and maintaining a rock garden is with the use of bromeliads and other flowering plants, why not skip these plants and instead have a rock garden of herbs.
I believe the different species of herbs along with their aroma will make your rock garden a must-see. This will make a great garden design while growing edible foods.
6. Using herbs as border plants
This is also a great one and a show stopper, using herbs as border plants will look so amazing as part of your overall garden design. Give herbs their bed but tie that bed in with the rest of the landscape design.
7. Using herbs as a hedge
Garden herbs such as rosemary, Russain sage, silver thyme, catmint, roman chamomile, etc.. can be used to grow and hedge, a low growing hedge which I think will look so stunning.
8. Other ways to experiment with garden herbs
And old tin tub, buckets, a pair of worn-out booths, and anything that can hold soil can be used as a miniature herb garden or you can make these miniature gardens a part of your main garden. Remember you are in the driver’s seat, you are in control so don’t be afraid to let those creative juices flow.
Herbs that attract wildlife
- Lavender attracts bees and butterflies
- Fennel attracts hoverflies
- Rosemary attracts bees and butterflies
- Chives attract bees and butterflies
- Thyme attract bees and small tortoiseshell butterflies
- Mint attracts bumblebees, honeybees
- Coriander attracts hoverflies
- Parsely attracts many small insects
- Marjoram attracts a variety of butterflies including bees
- Nettles attracts tortoiseshell and the peacock butterfly
- Sage attracts bees and butterflies
- Borage attracts butterflies, bees, and hoverflies.
Herbs that attract beneficial insects
- Rosemary, mint, thyme, and oregano will attract bumblebees
- Yarrow, echinacea, caraway, and dill will attract butterflies
- Cilantro, dill, caraway, fennel will attract ladybirds
- Borage will attract bees and other beneficial insects
- Comfrey will attract pollinators and beneficial insects
- Oregano will attract pollinators
- Chamomile will pollinators
- Dill, cilantro, caraway, tansy, angelica, and yarrow will attract lacewings
The final word on herb garden design
Using herbs to create these fascinating designs is so amazing who says you cannot plant herbs in this fashion these ideas are new ways of bringing a pleasing and delightful twist to that which is traditional so why not live on the edge if we want to call it that by trying these methods who knows you might like it I think you will as you think outside of the box with these garden herb designs.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.