When you begin to think about growing your own herbs it can be confusing as there are so many different ones that you could begin with. There are also many garden designs that you could choose from. So, with that in mind, here are 5 simple herb garden designs to get you started.
1. Kitchen Garden
A kitchen garden is a very popular choice for most end users. If you intend to use your fresh herbs to flavour your cooking, it makes sense to plant your kitchen garden close to the kitchen door. Then you can just go outside and pick your fresh herbs instead of having to trek to the other side of a large garden. Useful kitchen herbs are parsley, oregano, chives, thyme and sage. But, again, the choice of herbs that you plant will depend on the herbs that you will use the most in your cooking.
2. A Medicinal Garden
If you are interested in herbal remedies and herbal teas then a medicinal garden would be an ideal herb garden design for you. If space is limited choose the plants very carefully. Make sure that you only plant the herbs that you will use. Mint teas are very popular as a digestive aid but, if you plant mint, make sure that the roots are contained in a pot of its own before planting the entire pot as the roots will soon take over the whole area.
3. Themed Garden
You could plant your herbs using a theme such as color, aromatics or even height. Lavender would make a lovely display fro an aromatic themed herb garden and there are hundreds of varieties each giving off a lovely aroma.
4. A Formal Garden
If you have enough space you could plant a formal herb garden that could be a talking point for years to come. To begin, sketch your design on paper, then, when you are happy with your design, mark it out in the actual garden before planting to make sure that you have exactly the look that you want. Use privet or box as a hedging around the herb garden, this will need to be kept short by trimming regularly which will also encourage the individual hedging plants to grow thicker.
5. A Regimented Theme
If you plant your herbs in regimented rows, perhaps along the edge of a path or around the edge of a flower garden, they look decorative as well as being useful. Some of the aromatic herbs will give off a beautiful aroma when they are brushed against as you walk along the paths. Planting along the edge of a path is also a very useful way to plant herbs if the available space is limited.
The only limit to your herb garden design is your imagination. Just give some thought as to the ultimate use of the herbs that you plan to grow and you can design an herb garden to suit your individual needs. I hope that the 5 simple herb garden designs to get you started that I have listed above will help give you some ideas for your herb garden design.