Grow an Herb Border

Joe Lamp'l shows how an existing flowerbed is the perfect spot for growing herbs.
herbs make good plants to use in borders

herbs make good plants to use in borders

An existing flowerbed is an ideal area for growing herbs because it gets enough sun for them to grow well and it gets watered regularly by the sprinkler system. Add a thick layer of compost and soil conditioner and begin planting, placing the largest plants in the back and the shorter herbs in front.

Sometimes when you look at a flowerbed, you don't realize how much space you have to work with: there's often a good 8"-12" between the shrubs and the turf grass. This gives you plenty or room to add some low-maintenance plants such as herbs. Existing beds need a dose of fresh nutrients every few years. To help herbs get a quick start, give the bed a healthy dose of a well-balanced fertilizer. This will help new plants as well as the older ones.

Some good plants to use in an herb border or around a mailbox are the following:

  • Chives, leeks, garlic and shallots
  • Lemongrass
  • Tarragon
  • Dill
  • Rosemary
  • Ornamental peppers
  • Dwarf or bush tomatoes
  • Spicy basil
  • Italian parsley

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