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

Keep Reading

Next Up

Grow Your Own Herbs

A master gardener explains why there is no better way to dabble in cuisine than by growing your own herbs.

Growing Culinary Herbs

A master gardener gives tips on growing herbs at home.

Herb Appeal: 5 Top Underdog Herbs

Expand your herbal horizons with author Susan Belsinger's recommendations of less-common garden herbs you can grow.

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.

8 Popular Perennial Herbs

Want to grow fresh herbs at home? These much-loved perennial herbs can bring goodness to your kitchen year after year.

Shade-Loving Herbs

Consider growing these herbs that can make do on four or fewer hours of sun each day.

How to Make an Herb Garland Centerpiece

Use fresh herbs straight from your garden to create this stylish table arrangement.

Flavorful Herbs Enhance Summer Dishes

Herbs fresh from the garden add layers of taste to both cooked and raw foods.

How to Grow Mushrooms Indoors

Cultivate tasty mushrooms for a fun indoor garden.

Growing Tomatoes in Hanging Baskets

Use limited garden space as an opportunity to grow tomatoes in a hanging basket.

On TV

Docked Out

7:30am | 6:30c

Rescue My Renovation

8:30am | 7:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Tiny Luxury

8pm | 7c

Tiny Luxury

8:30pm | 7:30c

Tiny Luxury

9pm | 8c

Tiny Luxury

9:30pm | 8:30c

Tiny Luxury

10pm | 9c

Tiny Luxury

10:30pm | 9:30c

Tiny Luxury

11pm | 10c

Tiny Luxury

11:30pm | 10:30c

Tiny Luxury

12am | 11c

Tiny Luxury

12:30am | 11:30c

Tiny Luxury

1am | 12c

Tiny Luxury

1:30am | 12:30c

Tiny Luxury

2am | 1c

Tiny Luxury

2:30am | 1:30c

Tiny Luxury

3am | 2c

Tiny Luxury

3:30am | 2:30c

Elbow Room

4:30am | 3:30c

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.