Sunday, March 6, 2011

Why I Love Herb Gardens

Because they're green.

I find herb gardens really easy to plan because the plants are mostly green. The flowers are an afterthought.  For me, there's no mucking about matching up flower colours.  All I have to do is plant the big things in the middle (or back), the little things up front and voila!  Beauty ensues.

Lots and lots of green.

That pic is of my old herb garden in Thunder Bay.  The photo was taken in the first season that it was planted.  Most of the plants there I started from seed.  It doesn't take long for herbs to fill in and make a lush bed.

Here's the location of my new herb bed.

What a mess.

The square bed in the middle is going to get filled in and edged properly.  Then it'll be divided up like this;

I have mad design skills.

In that bed I'll put all the culinary herbs.  I also want beds edging the house like this;

My brilliance knows no bounds.
In that bed, I'll stick all the medicinal herbs.  I haven't actually used any of the medicinal herbs I've grown but it's nice to know they are available if I want them.

I also have this section nearby but not sure what to do here.  Maybe some edible shrubbery?

This is the list of herb seeds I have at the moment.  I covet quite a few more from Richters Herbs

Garlic Chives
Bouquet Dill
Yellow Yarrow
Sweet William
Sweet Rocket
Garden Sorrel
Italian Parsley
Coffee Chicory
Brown Mustard
Sweet William

Is there anything you recommend I plant that isn't on my list?  I'm in zone 5b.


  1. Some herbs I love to cook with that aren't on your list: French Tarragon, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram. But you can't start Tarragon from seed, and the Rosemary and Thyme and probably Marjoram would be annuals. Is the peppermint going in a container? Love Lavender too, but it wouldn't be hardy there either, probably.

    Looking forward to seeing your new herb garden take shape. Given how quickly you guys work, that shouldn't be a long wait.

    Love your blog, BTW. I just discovered it. What a fascinating, entertaining read.

  2. I have thyme seed around here somewhere. I grew it in zone 3 and it came back so should do fine here. I'm thinking maybe I'll put the mint and some lemon balm in that section in the last picture. It's surrounded by concrete so shouldn't stray. There are lavender varieties that grow in NS. I actually ordered some and after writing this list realized it never came in!

    I'm glad you are enjoying the blog. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  3. Sage,catnip,summer savory,cilantro and bee balm are also some of my must haves.

  4. I really need to get more herb seeds. I think I only have sweet basil, thyme, lavender and chives! Thanks for the link, I'm off to check it out right now.

  5. 5B....I'm jealous. I am in zone 3B


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