Everyone has space to grow herbs. They are fairly easy to grow, even in the smallest of spaces, and produce aromatic scents and striking foliage. Traditionally used for their kitchen and medicinal values, herbs are now being used to create playful forms in gardens whether they are geometric forms of circles and squares to much wilder plantings that are reminiscent of meadows or cottage gardens.
Alternatively, herbs can also be used as garden borders as their generally muted colors provide a stark contrast with surrounding vegetation. Additionally, herbs tend to fair well even in the poorest of soils and once established they need little to moderate water with occasional fertilizing.
Here is a small list of ways to use herbs in your garden and be mindful that they need an ample amount of light to grow.
|Oregano can be used as a good groundcover as it grows 8-12” tall and has a uniform appearance that fills in those blank spots in a planting bed. When trimmed it leaves a refreshing scent and the trimmings can be used in the kitchen.|
|Sage (Salvia officinalis) is slightly taller than other herbs and has aromatic blue-green leaves and lavender-blue flower spikes that spruces up a border.|
|Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has an abundance of small leaves that gives off a blanket appearance. Its leaves are usually used to season poultry stuffing and soups.|
|English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is botanically classified as a shrub, but many refer to it an aromatic herb. It attracts butterflies and it detracts ants making it a possible form of organic pest control! Its leaves are used for flavoring custards, salads, lemonades, and grilled meats while its flowers are often dried out to be used in potpourris.|
|Wall Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) is grown ornamentally for its attractive, aromatic, evergreen foliage. Its leaves were formerly used in a variety of medicinal treatments and it is now commonly planted in old world knot and herbal gardens.|
Some ideal locations for your herbs are near your home or outdoor kitchen and adjacent to pathways and transition points. Clip sprigs as needed, but do so lightly in the first year of growth in order to let the plant settle!
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