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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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How to Grow New Herbs from Cuttings

August 26th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

grow new herbsEveryone loves to get something for nothing, and gardeners are no exception. Herbs can easily be grown from cuttings, this post will show you how to grow new herbs from cuttings already in your garden.

  • Last summer is the perfect time of year to take cuttings from semi-ripe herbs. Herbs that you can take cuttings from include: lavender, rosemary, sage and thyme.
  • Semi-ripe cuttings are taken from stems that are beginning to harden up or ripen before winter. The base of cuttings should be slightly woody and the top of the herb cutting should still be soft.
  • Ensure the cuttings are taken from non-flowering, healthy and pest free plants.
  • Cut herb stems in the morning when temperatures are cooler and cuttings are less likely to wilt.
  • Use a sharp pair of clean pruners and place the herb cuttings into a plastic bag to stop them drying out.
  • If you are unable to tend to the cuttings immediately, store them in the fridge to keep them fresh. They can be stored here for up to 12 hours.
  • Your cuttings should be around 4 – 6 inches long or 10 – 15 cm. If not, you can trim your cuttings to this length by using sharp pruners for a clean cut.
  • Cut of the lowest leaf stems from the cutting, so there are only three or four remaining.
  • Following this, dip the ends of the cuttings into hormone rooting powder/gel. This will improve the chances of growing new herbs from the cuttings.
  • To plant the cuttings, mix sand and potting soil. Fill plastic pots with this mixture and insert the cuttings into each pot.
  • Label each pot so you know which herbs are in each. Water them well and then leave them to drain.

These are just a few tips and tricks on how to begin planting your cuttings. The video below from GrowVeg, offers advice on how you should store your cuttings for the best growth of herb cuttings. If you have any tips yourself on how to grow new herbs from cuttings, do let us know in the comments below.

GrowVeg – How to Grow New Herbs from Cuttings

How to Grow New Herbs from Cuttings