Designing An Herb Garden

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This article will teach you how to plant herbs in your garden.
by Brett · All Zones · Food Gardens · 0 Comments · July 02, 2010 · 11,239 views

Designing An Herb Garden

Put your ideas on paper. Once you have decided on the type of garden you want, make a rough sketch or drawing on paper. This helps to visualize what the garden will look like and will help in figuring the number of plants needed. Think about the staging (shorter plants in front, taller towards the back) as well as succession of flowering. It is much easier having it on paper than trying to remember it.

Color: Consider color schemes and combinations. Use specific plant characteristics when deciding where to locate the plants. Color is one of the most noticeable features of a plant. By choosing a single color scheme, you can create a garden that gives a sense of space, openness, adn brightness. For greatest effect, vary the height, shape, texture, and size of the flowers and tones of the color. Colors can also be used in combination; some colors blend together better than others. For example, a silver-foliaged plant such as horehound is enhances a red or pastel foliage or flowers. Yellow and blue is always a good combination. Orange and blue, yellow and violet, and red and green are complementary colors and create a strong effect.

Contrast Another technique to use to make your garden more interesting is contrast. By definition, contrast is using opposing elements close together to produce an intense or intriguing effect. You can contrast textures, darks, lights, colors, shapes, lines, flower form, flower height....any design element. For example, rounded plant forms look best next to those that are upright; a plant with round flowers is complemented by a plant with spiky flowers.

Texture: Another thing to consider is texture. The foliage of a plant gives it its texture. Think about the foliage texture of a praticular plant, and how it may contrast with the texture of another plant. Plant soft leaf textures next to those with shiny or rigid leaf texture. Plant small, dense-leaved plants next to those with a more open and airy habit.

Keep the herb plants together. It is very important to define the garden. The plant will look better if kept together rather than scattered through the lawn. Edging the herb garden with stone, wood, brick or some other type of edging defines the planting area and makes the garden look as though it belongs in the landscape. If the plants are located next to a wall, a sidewalk or path can provide the boundary. If they are located in a lawn area, a permanent edging of brick or wood can be useful. A defined area looks more "finished" and is easier to maintain. Create a unified effect. In addition to the plant material, other things to consider are benches, sculptures, and other objects that serve as focal points or enhance the planting.




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