Herbs make wonderful choices for your landscape border design. They are tasty, fragrant, and beautiful. What herbs can you grow in your border? Here are 3 more herbs that will do very well.
If 3 doesn't seem like enough, just consider all the different varieties of each herb there are to choose from. You could end up with an entire landscape just dedicated to one herb in its many forms.
When planning your border design, remember that herbs can climb, cascade over a wall, or spread and become a mat of lovely ground cover. Plant them in a formal border or to create a visual divide of your property against a neighbor's. Herbs will fit perfectly in any garden border design.
If these border herbs are not enough, there are plenty more choices available.
Thyme is one of those herbs that is unassuming, with plenty to offer. It sits there waiting to be stroked or walked upon, to release its heady aroma. Often, your wandering garden admirers won't even notice they are sitting on a soft bed of thyme, yet they ask aloud for you to name that wonderful scent they experience.
Thyme has been known to creep along quietly, giving off it's aroma when mowed each week. It is truly a wonderful addition to the border design; growing in every nook and cranny that it can.
I love allowing thyme to creep in and around all the other herbs, the shallow roots seem to find hold in the roughest terrain, making my sparse gardens seem far more luscious than they actually are. It is always amazing to see how far the few small thyme plants creep each summer.
I once knew a family who didn't even realize they had thyme growing wild around their home. They only knew that whenever they were mowing, the air filled with scent. When the thyme was blooming, their yard was filled with pretty purple/pink flowers as well. It was truly magnificent.
Basil is one of the most well known and easy to grow herbs in the garden. That is the very reason that it makes a wonderful addition to a border. Grow a lettuce leaf basic to quickly make a border look well kept and lush. You will need to keep these larger plants pinched to the perfect size, but it only takes a few minutes, once or twice a week. You will also have the benefit of a freezer full of frozen pesto cubes by the end of the summer.
For a more sculpted look, use a globe variety, and have perfectly manicured plants that look as if you spent hours grooming them.
I especially like the purple Thai basil. It's stunning color makes quite a statement, with all the ease that basil offers. As a side note, purple Thai basil makes pretty pesto, that is naturally spicy.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is bright and cheerful, with its green slightly fuzzy leaves and lemony scent. Talk about citrus! Plant this member of the mint family in places where it will get the most attention. This is actually for two reasons. First, lemon balm is in the mint family, meaning it grows super fast and spreads like crazy. You have to treat it as you do any mint and keep it under control. I always plant my lemon balm and then pinch the stems until I end up with a compact but thickly filled out plant. Then, I never let it go to flower, to prevent it from reseeding.
Second, lemon balm is known for being a calming and soothing herb. If you plant it where it will be brushed against, it will be a welcome and relaxing experience for anyone walking through the garden.