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Herb Garden Design Ideas

November 21st, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Every garden needs herbs! Herbs like rosemary are what transform meals – contributing bags of flavour and turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.

The great thing about herb gardens is that they can be designed to fit any style, size or shape. Read on or watch the video for ideas to fit more herbs into your garden.

Where to Grow Herbs

There are herbs for every situation, so whether you have just a compact corner to spare or an entire garden, you can use herbs to create a space that’s both useful and beautiful.

Choose herbs suited to your growing conditions. Herbs like rosemary, oregano, sage and thyme thrive in drier, sunnier positions, while softer leafy herbs like mint, parsley, chives and lovage grow well in moist, part-shaded areas.

Grow herbs in among your vegetables, alongside flowering ornamentals, in a wildflower meadow, on the patio or within a dedicated herb garden – the choice is yours.

Growth Habit

When designing with herbs the first thing to consider after growing requirements is growth habit. Tall, statuesque herbs like angelica contribute vertical interest to the garden. They are generally planted towards the back of a bed so they don’t overshadow shorter plants but can also look great thrusting skywards among lower growing plants.

Medium-sized herbs, from about 1-3ft, or 30cm to 1m in height, will form the bulk of your planting. Combine a variety of leaf shapes, colours and textures to break up blocks of planting. And, of course, most herbs will also draw in numerous beneficial bugs, most noticeably bees that will go on to help pollinate vegetables and fruits.

Lower-growing herbs like parsley or chives should be planted at the front of any scheme where they can form a neat edging or spill outwards.

Edging and Paving

Herbs for edging look simply stunning. Grown alongside a path they’ll release their aroma every time you brush past.

Creeping herbs like thyme, oregano and prostrate forms of rosemary are great for growing within paving, planted into cracks, opportunistically at the edges, between slabs or in other gaps. From here they’ll extend out to soften hard surfaces, while taking advantage of the radiated heat to waft their delicious fragrance even further.

These types of herbs work well bursting out from any landscaped surface to create a more relaxed, informal feel. Or try planting them en masse to form a practical, yet highly attractive, living mulch that also works to crowd out weeds.

Formal Herb Gardens

Formal herb gardens use straight lines and patterns for pleasing symmetry. Raised beds especially lend themselves to this type of setup, helping create a sense of ordered calm. Plant a mix of hrebs or just one type of herb per bed to emphasise the order and make maintenance far simpler.

Formal needn’t be on a grand scale. A simple herb wheel is a great way to pack a handy selection of herbs into a space little wider than your average steering wheel. Selecting herbs that enjoy the same growing conditions – like this wheel of Mediterranean herbs – makes ongoing care easier, while dividing up the space into individual planting pockets helps stop herbs growing into each other or one herb from dominating.

Container Herb Gardens

Many gardeners can only afford space for a few pots of herbs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t design an effortlessly stylish herbal heaven! Cluster pots of herbs, salads and vegetables together to create a living tapestry of leafy loveliness. Use bold forms like rosemary to create a feature on your terrace, or mix them up in stone or metal troughs and herb towers to really pack your herbs in while ensuring an eye-catching centrepiece to feed both body and soul.

Herbs can also be used to offer vertical interest by growing them in containers held up on posts, or secured onto walls and fences.

Design a Herb Garden

Designing your own herb garden is hugely satisfying, and the GrowVeg Garden Planner makes it easy. Play around with different layouts at your leisure. Drop in any number of containers, planters, troughs or raised beds from the selection bar, or design your own beds using the drawing tools. Once you’re done, select Herbs from the dropdown menu and begin planting. If you’re unsure which herbs are best for your garden, click on the information buttons for handy growing advice, plus details on how each herb may be used. You can also use the Custom Filter button to narrow down the selection to show, for example, only easy-to-grow plants, or plants that will grow in partial shade. Have fun trying out a few designs and perfecting a herb garden that’s unique to you.

Herbs contribute so much to the garden – and us! Whether it’s a little something for livening up recipes or a profound sense of beauty.

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Vertical Gardening – Grow More In Your Garden

March 25th, 2015 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Vertical gardening

With a little careful planning you can create your garden so plants that are happy to grow vertically still produce an abundant harvest whilst using a fraction of the ground space.

Grow a whole range of plants vertically including: melons, beans, squashes, grapes and kiwis using pergolas, canes, wigwams and wires on walls.  If you have wall space you can also grow a range of vegetables in wall mounted planters that helps you to grow crops and decoratively cover ugly garden walls.  You can also grow fruit trees against walls, as cordons and espaliers to maximise the space you have.

Get some tips in this video on planning a vertical vegetable plot to help you use your space to its absolute maximum.

Pot Toppers are perfect for patio veg gardeners

March 9th, 2015 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Pot Toppers from Mr Fothergill's

While an increasing number of householders like the idea of growing at least some of their own food, modern gardens are often too small for a traditional vegetable plot.  Would-be ‘Good Lifers’ can however look forward to a ready supply of salad leaves and herbs just outside the back door or on the patio thanks to a new idea from Mr Fothergill’s.

Pot Toppers is the name of Mr Fothergill’s new range of pre-sown circular 20cm (8in) wide seed mats that are designed to help out patio veg gardeners.  There are seven varieties – three mixed salad leaves and four popular herbs – and with three mats per packet householders can look forward to a season-long supply of their favourites however small the back garden may be.  They can even be grown on balconies, and container gardening is the ideal answer for those who have little or no garden, but still wish to ‘grow their own’.

Mr Fothergill’s David Turner says he believes Pot Toppers are also perfect for youngsters wishing to have a go at growing plants from seed for the first time.  Each has a recommended retail price of £3.45.

Look out for Mr Fothergill’s Pot Toppers online on the website, at garden centres and other retail outlets nationwide.

Serenity and a Ripple new at Mr Fothergill’s: Osteospermum and Petunia new varieties added to the range

February 16th, 2015 | News, The flower garden | 0 Comments

Osteospermum and Petunia“The best osteospermum available” is how Mr Fothergill’s plant manager Tom Stimpson describes the company’s brand new variety Osteopermum Serenity Blue Eyed Beauty.  “The Serenity series is famed for its naturally well branched, compact and rounded habit and long flowering season – from early June through to October, and this latest addition is a real stunner,” says Tom.  “It is easy to grow, with the minimum of attention required to keep plants looking good, and has superb garden performance, where it is ideal for patio containers in a bright, sunny spot.”

Serenity Blue Eyed Beauty is a unique colour in osteospermums, has the added advantage of remarkable floriferousness, and is already proving very popular with Mr Fothergill’s customers.  Plants reach a height of 35cm (14in).  A pack of five young plants cost £8.95, with despatch from mid to late April 2015.

Another brand new introduction for the 2015 season is the Cambridgeshire-bred Petunia Ripple – pictured here is Tumbelina Damson Ripple.  The Tumbelina series is well known to Mr Fothergill’s customers, who appreciate its reliable nature and abundance of fully double blooms.  Tom says what sets this new colour apart from many of its competitors is the reliable nature of the colour combination; blooms do not revert to one single colour, but keep their unique white and rich damson format all through summer, from June to October.  Tumbelina Damson Ripple is an outstanding subject for hanging baskets and other containers, where it trails to around 45cm (18in).  Again, a pack of five young plants cost £8.95, with despatch from mid to late April 2015.

You can order Osteopermum Serenity and Petunia Ripple from Mr Fothergill’s on the website, or by mail order from our catalogue.

Pot Toppers from Mr Fothergill’s are perfect for patio veg and container gardeners

September 25th, 2014 | News, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Pot ToppersWhile an increasing number of householders like the idea of growing at least some of their own food, modern gardens are often too small for a traditional vegetable plot.  Would-be ‘Good Lifers’ can however look forward to a ready supply of salad leaves and herbs just outside the back door or on the patio thanks to a new idea from Mr Fothergill’s.

Pot Toppers is the name of the new range of pre-sown circular 20cm (8in) wide seed mats.  There are seven varieties – three mixed salad leaves and four popular herbs – and with three mats per packet householders can look forward to a season-long supply of their favourites however small the back garden may be.  They can even be grown on balconies, and are the ideal answer for those who have little or no garden, but still wish to ‘grow their own’.

Mr Fothergill’s David Turner says he believes Pot Toppers  are also perfect for youngsters wishing to have a go at growing plants from seed for the first time.  Each has a recommended retail price of £3.45.

Look out for Mr Fothergill’s Pot Toppers at garden centres and other retail outlets nationwide.