Herb Garden Design – Theme Gardens.

Another approach to garden design is to focus on a common feature, or themes – such as herbs that are medicinal, herbs used for cooking, or herbs that attract butterflies. Theme gardens can also feature a common color – such as an all-white garden. You might base your design on plants that have special significance. A Shakespearean garden, for instance, includes the Renaissance herbs mentioned in the plays of Shakespeare. Biblical gardens feature herbs from the Bible, such as anise, coriander, cumin, dill, mint, mustard, rose, rue, saffron, and wormwood. If you are a tea drinker, you might create a garden composed of chamomile, lemon balm, mints, basils, rosemary, and the natural sweetener stevia to make your own infusions. A collection of lemony herbs might include herbs that provide a citrus scent and flavor, such as lemon balm, lemon thyme, and lemon verbena.

While other plants are wonderful companions that you may want to consider researching and adding to your collection. Most of the suggested plants are widely adapted but feel free to experiment. {If you live in Zone 5 or colder, you might need to substitute more cold-hardy cultivars for some perennials.} Play in your horticultural sandbox by choosing plants better suited to your conditions and the environment you wish to create. By definition, all gardens, and gardeners evolve over time – and experimenting with new plants and plant combinations is fun. For more designs, visit public gardens. Many include an outstanding period or theme herb gardens that are beautifully maintained.

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