Choose be­tween a for­mal or in­for­mal herb gar­den

Herbs & Superfoods - - Grow Your Own Herb Garden -

Whether you choose a for­mal or in­for­mal de­sign, with good plan­ning, a herb gar­den can be as at­trac­tive as it is use­ful. Parter­res and knot gar­dens are at the far end of the for­mal spec­trum, but it’s pos­si­ble to in­cor­po­rate el­e­ments of for­mal de­sign into a gar­den with­out end­ing up as a slave to your se­ca­teurs.

Use straight lines. Mark out a se­ries of square or rec­tan­gu­lar beds and hedge the edges with dwarf buxus or rose­mary for a strong out­line.

Plant buxus balls on the cor­ners or a topi­ary bay tree in the cen­tre of each bed for a fo­cal point.

You don’t have to de­sign an in­for­mal herb gar­den, as these plants are nat­u­rally in­clined to flop and sprawl. All you need to do is choose a site. If there is no room for a ded­i­cated herb patch, mix­ing herbs with shrubs or flow­ers in the land­scape is prac­ti­cal and or­na­men­tal. Tuck some in an ex­ist­ing flower bed or border, or plant in that patch of gravel down the back.

Di­vide your herbs into beds or ar­eas, so that those with sim­i­lar needs (such as wa­ter­ing or frost pro­tec­tion) can be grouped to­gether.

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