Herbs

Posted by on April 19, 2014

In pots, as a formal parterre or in permaculture – the best ways to fit tasty and fine looking herbs into your garden.

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Herbs are givers.  Not only do they boast the greatest flavour-to-effort ration, but they are almost without exception fine looking plants that you’d be happy to give space to even if they weren’t providing pizza toppings.  If you cook but don’t garden, herbs are the place to start.  Here are a few ways to fit them into your garden.

In Pots

small_herb_wheelSuccess with herbs is all about proximity: have them close at hand and you will use them often.  The continuous snipping off and nipping our of the ends of their branches helps keep them bushy, branched and growing well.  Plant in pots and keep them by your kitchen door.

Silvery Mediterranean herbs such as thyme, oregano and lavender particularly lend themselves to container growing:  they come from sunbaked hillsides, so don’t have much fun in our cool, damp soils in winter.  A pot gives you the opportunity to play and creating that Mediterranean terrain by mixing lots of grit into the compost.  This helps water drain off quickly and fools your plant into being happy.  Put the pot in sun and let it bask.  If space is limited, these are the herbs to grow in a hanging basket, where the unpredictability of your watering regime won’t deter them from clinging on to life, and may render their leaves more pungent and filled with volatile oils; they quite like being treated a bit roughly.

Not all herbs want to be blasted by sun, and some such as mint and chives, will positively thrive in damp shade.

In a formal parterre

Show off the sheer beauty of herbs in a formal parterre, which happily suits a small garden just as well as a palatial one.  You can opt for a simple quadrant or hedged squares to fill with four different herbs, or go for a more complex knot design.

Herbs that tolerate shade:

Calendula, angelica, chervil, lemon balm, lovage

Herbs that prefer shade

Mint, chives, sweet woodruff

By Lia Leendertz , theguardian

Photos: Sourced from the Web

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