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Tips for Creating an Herb Garden

Many people love not only how fresh herbs taste, but also the way they look and smell in the garden. Learn how to use herbs to create a garden that looks great year round, even when it's not full of summer herbs.

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rosemary is woody perennial with strong flavor
Photo 6 of 6Like lavender, rosemary is a woody perennial that has a heady scent and strong flavor.

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Its popularity makes it a must for any herb garden. Rosemary is easy to grow and will get very large if you don't trim it back every now and then; as it grows, you will need to keep it in a uniform shape. It's perfect for the corner where Joe is planting it, because it will add it some height and provide a backdrop for the smaller herbs he's putting in front of it. The upright look of the rosemary plants will provide a nice contrast to the more loose structure of the annual herbs that will go in front of them.
These plants are all evergreen, and they're the only plants that will be green in the winter. It's very important that you pick plants that you like and that grow well in your area. If you don't think they look good now, or if they don't have the shape you want, you won't be happy with the garden later on. So be sure to do your homework and pick what's best for your taste.
Add some 10-10-10 slow-release fertilizer around the base of the plants and mix it in with the loose soil. This will help the plants get the nutrients they need to put out strong roots. This is especially important the first year until the plants get established. Finally, give all the shrubs a good drink of water. Always water new shrubs as soon as you get them in the ground; otherwise the surrounding dirt will soak up the moisture from the root ball and the plant will go into shock.

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