It isn’t necessary to have a garden just for your herbs. You can mingle herbs in your flower or vegetable gardens. They assist other plants by being planted alongside them. Wherever you plant herbs, you may want to consider some herb garden designs that benefit you the best.
Any design of a garden should be based on a location that befits your needs and the needs of the plants themselves. Pick a sunny area with good drainage, and try to find a place that is near your kitchen. Be sure the area you have is large enough to support all the varieties of herbs you will grow. Some herbs will send out runners or propagate by seed causing them to spread out. Be sure you plan for this future expansion.
One decision you will need to make before you plant is how to mix the plants. If you have several plants that are perennials, you probably want them grouped together. This way, you can cultivate the areas where you have annuals without disturbing the plants that will be returning. If you are planting herbs with nice flowering colors, you may have preferences to how the colors work in relation to one another.
If you are thinking of planting herbs with your vegetables, consider annuals as they only have the one season of growth, the same as the vegetables. Herbs that are used in preparations with certain vegetables might be planted close to those vegetables so harvesting of both can be done at the same time. Basil, dill, and coriander are three herbs used in the cooking of vegetables that you may want dispersed among peas or beans.
Herbs planted among the flowers works well due to the blending of the colors of the blooms. If you plan to do this, leave accessibility to the herbs that you will harvest. Of course, the herbs are beneficial to the flowers because they attract beneficial insects to the garden. Herbs that work well amongst the flowers consist of Monarda, lavender, borage, calendula, and dill, to name a few.
As with any garden, yours needs to function in a positive way. You may want to draw your plan on paper, and then think about it a few days before actually putting anything in the ground. Be sure that you understand how each plant will evolve during its life cycle, and what kind of special needs one might have that another does not. One concern might be the amount of water one will need compared to another. It makes good sense to plant the ones that need a lot of water separately from those that require only a little.
When creating your design, consider how much of each herb that you will need. If you plan to dry or freeze your herbs, consider how much you will need to have enough left for preserving. If you have more than you need, you can always share your harvest with friends.
Herb garden designs can vary greatly from one individual to another. Be sure you design yours so it will be satisfying and supply the produce you want. You have creative freedom when designing your garden plan. Create a plan that works well for your location and for the herbs you plan to grow. Happy gardening!