English Herb Garden

The usage of herb gardens can be traced back to medieval Europe and are still widely popular all over the world.  An English Herb Garden can add a lot to your home.  Not only will it add atmosphere and beauty to your landscape, the herbs can be used for many purposes including medicinal and culinary purposes.  Some people even use herbs for aromatherapy and to make herbal teas.  You won’t have to go far to get the herbs you need for whatever it is you need them for!  There are many herbs that are a part of a traditional English Herb Garden but you will not need to grow all of them, just the ones you plan to use.  In order to add some colour and diversity to your garden it is also a good idea to plant some small shrubs and flowers with the herbs.  Here is a list of some herbs you can include in your herb garden:

  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Mint
  • Lovage
  • Lemon Balm
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Fennel

When planting your English Herb Garden, make sure to point the plants south so they get plenty of sun, good soil and protection against high winds.  There are two types of herbs you will be using, perennial and annual, so make sure you plant them according their individual needs.  For example, Basil requires a very sunny spot while parsley requires a sunny spot but also needs shade.  Some things to consider when growing herbs are:

  • The amount of sun they need
  • The amount of water they need
  • The type of soil they need

Once you have planted your herbs and are ready to watch them grow, there are many other things you can do around the garden to make it more appealing to the eye and make it a nice escape in your own backyard.  Add some sculptures, statues, birdhouses and other decorations to add colour and fill in those empty spaces.  Grow some colourful flowers around the area and keep the grass and weeds well maintained.  Some people create paths around the inside of the garden for easy passage and some benches will allow you and your guests to relax in the garden.

Now that you have the basics to starting your very own English Herb Garden, you can get started with your project and make it your own to enjoy year after year!