Beautiful, delicate, elegant, fragrant, and useful: aromatic herbs can easily complement the most well-known ornamental species, creating the right mix of colours and refined shapes.
Creating a small flowerbed of herbs means breaking out of the classic gardening patterns, obtaining a truly excellent result. Such a flowerbed can become the main focus of the garden’s already precious botanical landscape: a detail that can really make a difference.
You might have some doubts: “Is it challenging to grow aromatic herbs directly in the garden? Where should you place them? How should you plant them and which should you choose?” together with a long list of questions that must not discourage you in your intent, that is, to create an alternative, beautiful and unique herbal garden.
We are ready to give you several tips for growing aromatic herbs in your garden. Let’s start by saying that aromatic herbs are really easy to grow. A few tricks are enough to obtain an extraordinary result and enjoy the sight of something unique.
Enchanting colors and scents: this is what aromatic herbs have to offer in the garden. They can easily become the protagonists of the green spaces surrounding the house and then bring their incredible usefulness to the kitchen, thanks to the infinite properties that distinguish them.
In summary: very useful in the kitchen, beautiful, fragrant and also beneficial for the environment, since their scents attract many pollinating insects. Need to know more?
Aromatic herbs: How to choose them
Let’s start with a point-blank question: which aromatic herbs should you choose? A problem with a not so obvious answer, since the great variety of plants you can choose, can put even those who started with a fairly clear mind in crisis.
To create the perfect mix of aromatic herbs in the garden, it is necessary to understand the result to be achieved: refined elegance for its own sake or usability in the kitchen?
The herbs can be grown in real gardens, in the open ground, or in large pots to be placed on the terrace. It is possible to choose whether to plant the most common aromatic herbs typically used in the kitchen, or the most sought after, to obtain only one beautiful garden capable of enhancing, in a completely unexpected way, the entire space. This is a choice to be made according to your needs, style, and taste.
Is it better to plant Westringia fruticosa (false rosemary) or real rosemary? Both offer the great possibility of creating small hedges, ideal for delimiting well-defined spaces in the garden and creating a small, fragrant corner. It all depends on the needs we mentioned earlier.
Most of the people who decide to exploit the useful elegance of aromatic herbs in the garden try to achieve a double result: aesthetic beauty, enhancing their garden, whether small or large; utility in the kitchen, to use them for cooking dishes that can earn you a Michelin Star.
How to arrange aromatic herbs in the garden
Organize the spaces: this is the key to success, the starting point for creating an excellent and tidy corner of herbs in the garden. We are talking about plants that can adapt, with incredible ease, to any space condition, managing to develop even in narrow angles or in non-optimal conditions of substrate. Therefore, when we talk about the spaces’ organization, we refer to the correct exposure and the type of flowerbed to be created.
It is possible to place them horizontally, in a well-sheltered but very bright corner, in such a way as to allow the aromatic herbs to spread freely. Those who don’t have much space available can also take advantage of vertical spaces to create something unique and useful.
Vertical flower beds? That’s right. In this case, it is necessary to use specific supports, preferably in wood. In short, thanks to the remarkable ease of cultivation and the incredible ability of these plants to adapt to any environment, you can play with your imagination to create a work of art worthy of a skilled botanical artist.
Each solution leads to a common result: the possibility of enjoying the sight and scent of truly exceptional plants. Imagine spending a few hours immersed in the greenery of the garden, relaxing on a comfortable deckchair, right next to your aromatic herbs: your eyes will thank you, and your sense of smell will begin to walk along paths it had never experienced.
Creating a corner of aromatic herbs in the garden is equivalent to creating an incredible element of value for outdoor living areas. When organizing the space for planting the chosen herbs, do not forget to opt for well-lit spots, since especially aromatic herbs of Mediterranean origin love the warm embrace of the sun’s rays, but also proper protection during the hottest summer months.
Therefore, if you have a free corner where the gentlest morning sun arrives unhindered and then moves away in the hottest hours of the day, plant your herbs there. Another little tip for organizing your aromatic herbs is to create a corner for them inside the home. The garden is the business card of your home and can also be seen as an extension of the internal spaces. So why not create a line of continuity between the internal and external environments?
If in your garden you have a wonderful and tidy mix of aromatic herbs, in the home kitchen, there should be a space destined to accommodate herbs taken from outside and ready to be used. Madness? No, it’s a matter of practical style!
Where to arrange aromatic herbs in the garden?
If we defined the importance of perfect organization for an excellent result in the previous paragraph, now all we have to do is understand how and where to arrange aromatic herbs in the garden.
More precisely, can they be combined with other plants? Is it possible to plant several different aromatic herbs close together?
Creating a space dedicated only to the cultivation of aromatic herbs, perhaps playing with the shape of the flowerbed itself, is the most popular solution. A solution that does not limit you to planting a single variety, but of being able to take advantage of the adaptability and the possibility of planting several different plants close together to create an imaginative flower bed. In this case, it is of fundamental importance to choose among herbs with similar characteristics to facilitate any intervention for their care.
It is also possible to create magical fusions between ornamental plants and aromatic herbs in the garden, for a truly explosive mix, ready to bring to life unique emotions, immersed in seductive scents.
In any case, it is always good to keep in mind good neighbourly relations: creating a new flower bed within a green space that already lives on its balance does not just mean adding (at random) a few plants here and there, but to create real synergies, creating a stable and balanced relationship with the other species present.
Studying the perfect associations is the right way to obtain an ideal result and create a corner of aromatic herbs in the garden without affecting the plants and their environment. In short, essential neighbourhood relations must be kept alive and stable to protect all species present in a natural way.
Tips for growing aromatic herbs in the garden
Here are the first things to know (and to do) to grow aromatic herbs in the garden:
- Choose a specific spot in the garden to create the desired flower bed. Almost all aromatic plants require sunny positions, but at the same time, they must be located in places repaired from drafts. The soil must be worked well to make it soft and drained, eliminating all weeds.
- Calculate the spaces well, especially when the intention is to plant different species in the same flower bed. Not all of them have the same speed of growth, but by arranging the plants at the right distance, it is possible to avoid the fastest growing ones taking over the slower ones.
- The perfect composition for a beautiful flower bed of aromatic herbs in the garden involves the choice of plants with similar characteristics. In addition to this, it is advisable to choose either annual, biennial or perennial plants: in this way, the cultivation will be more comfortable and the results much better. Arranging more aromatic herbs with the same needs in a specific perimeter is the right way to start on the path of botanical success.
Let’s take a few examples to understand better what has just been said: basil, parsley, chives, and coriander are aromatic herbs that need constant watering, unlike rosemary, sage, or marjoram, which like drier environments.
These are the perfect compositions (which we have reported as simple examples) to get good results and make cultivation easier. Furthermore, as mentioned, most aromatic herbs need plenty of light, but the same cannot be said of mints, which grows well in partial shade conditions.
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