While some designs are more catered to the experienced gardener, there is also a plethora of great ideas available for the beginner among us. Herb gardens are, perhaps not surprisingly, meant for growing herbs. The herbs you grow in your garden can be used for healthy and tasty cooking or just as an aesthetic accessory to your raised garden. Here are some herb garden ideas to consider when designing your garden.
The best design for herb gardens will depend on your own personal preference. It all depends on your needs and taste as well as the kind of appeal you want in your home. Many people hire expert gardeners in order to design their gardens for them. One of the things these experts will always ask is what the purpose of the garden is. Is it just there for aesthetic reasons, or do you wish to also consume the herbs you grow? This will in many cases influence the creativity you see in your garden. A herb garden you plan to eat from should be planned accordingly so that it’s easier to tend to.
Finding the right theme for your garden
If you plan to design your own herb garden, having some knowledge about gardening can be vital to your success. Start by identifying the most appropriate colors for your garden theme. From there you can even consider the aromas of the herbs you wish to grow. You can group your herbs based on these colors and aromas. You may in some cases even decide to plant the more aromatic herbs in a different area entirely.
Once you have decided the theme you wish to go for, consider the actual build of your garden. Most people opt for simple geometric shapes as they are generally simple to build and look fantastic in most cases. Since many herbs tend to grow quite rapidly, plan out your planter boxes to ensure that one of your herbs will not suffocate the others. The herbs can be arranged by height and in a symmetrical fashion for great results. This makes it easier to maintain and keep track of.
Herb gardening in multiple smaller planters
Planting your herbs in multiple smaller containers is a great way to keep one herb from dominating the garden bed. If this is something you plan to do, make sure you have a look at our article about raised planter boxes for some interesting ideas. This design choice is often a better alternative in small areas as the design allows for much greater flexibility. It is also much easier to group the individual garden boxes nicely or move them whenever needed.
We all love our gardening planter boxes and we want them to look great and be functional as well. While there are plenty of materials to choose from, some are often considered to be more practical in day to day use than others. The material you choose can also greatly impact the lifespan of the planter. To learn more about choosing the right material for your planter, check out our article on the best materials for raised garden beds, as the same principles apply to herb planters.
Self-watering planter boxes
Of all the herb garden ideas, implementing a self-watering mechanism in your planter box can make your life a lot easier. This helps keep your herbs and plants moist for a period of time, or even indefinitely depending on the self-watering device you use. In some cases, creating a self-watering planter box can fully automate your gardening if that is something you want.
When considering the size of your planter, bear in mind that certain herbs will grow like wildfire and can quickly spread to cover your entire planter. This is great if you use a lot of herbs in your cooking or even if you want to make your own little production line of homegrown spices. They are after all a fantastic present to give to family and friends. Generally speaking, outdoor planters will be larger than indoor ones, but there is obviously no clear rules here.
Add some personality to your garden bed
While most of our herb garden ideas have focused on the practical aspects, this one is perhaps mostly to show off. Make your planter or raised garden bed more interesting by adding a stylish source of light which can illuminate your herbs and plants in the night. If planted at ground level, these lights can also help prevent accidentally stepping on your harvest in the dark.