Family Planting: Herb Border

A herb garden is a feature the whole family can enjoy.
Herb Border is Activity Whole Family Can Enjoy

Herb Border is Activity Whole Family Can Enjoy

An herb garden is something that the whole family can enjoy. Ornamental vegetables and herbs are not only pretty to look at, but are delightful to use in culinary dishes. Herbs also attract butterflies and bees to their flowers.

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

An herb garden is something that the whole family can enjoy. Ornamental vegetables and herbs are not only pretty to look at, but are delightful to use in culinary dishes. Herbs also attract butterflies and bees to their flowers.

Herb borders rub along very nicely in an ornamental vegetable patch with other edibles such as purple cabbages and frilly leaved lettuces. Many herbs are at their best in a sunny position, but chives and parsley can both be grown successfully in more shady positions, if necessary.

Border Basics

  • Size: 10x5 ft (3x1.5 m) 
  • Suits: A border in a vegetable garden or kitchen garden 
  • Soil: Well-drained 
  • Site: Sunny

Shopping List

  • 1 x Foeniculum vulgare “Purpureum” 
  • 1 x Salvia officinalis “Purpurascens” 
  • 1 x Rosmarinus officinalis 5 x Petroselinum crispum 
  • 10 x Allium schoenoprasum

Planting and Aftercare

Silver-leaved Mediterranean herbs, such as sage and rosemary, really need a well-drained soil. If yours has less than perfect drainage, dig in plenty of horticultural grit before starting to plant. Do not simply put grit into the bottom of planting holes, as this creates a sump that water will run into during heavy downpours. Rosemary and sage are evergreen and relatively large, so use them to anchor the rest of the planting. Fennel has a transparent, wispy growth, so can look good near  the front of the border. Chives make excellent edging plants. The parsley will need to be grown from seed each year, but all other plants are evergreen or perennial and will just require feeding and mulching each year.

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