Herb gardens can be arranged in small to large spaces. The herbs can be grown in containers or in the ground. Containers can be placed on patios or in many other locations. The herbs can be arranged according to factors such as height for an attractive setup.
Tall to Short
Herbs can be planted in a square or rectangular bed. The herbs that will ultimately grow the tallest are placed in the back, and the ones that will grow the shortest are placed in the front of the garden bed.
For instance, a tea garden can be planted by placing lemon verbena in the back. This type of herb has the potential to grow higher than most other herbs. Lemon balm can be planted in front of the verbena. It will grow to about 2 feet high. Basil can be planted next, then lemon thyme, which will grow to about a foot high.
A circular garden is another option. Ginger grows up to 4 feet tall. In a tea garden, it would be planted in the center of the garden, surrounded by peppermint, which can grow up to 2 feet in height. Pennyroyal, placed around the outside edge of the garden, will grow up to 16 inches.
Herbs used in cooking can be placed among other plants or in small plots of their own. These herbs can be grown according to how they are used and preserved. Basil, thyme and parsley can all be grown with vegetables, and they can be dried and combined in a jar to be used together in recipes. Sage and chives can be placed with vegetables as well. Chives and dillweed can be grown with tall flowers such as lilies. These combinations can then be dried or frozen, and stored together for use in cooking.
Herbs used in bathing can be arranged and grown together in containers that are about 18 to 14 inches in diameter. They are placed in containers according to their specific use so that they can more easily be dried and used together. Rosemary and mints can be placed in a pot directly in front of some lemon verbena. All of these can be used to create a stimulating bath. A more soothing combination would be chamomile, vervain and lemon balm. For a foot bath, lavender and sage go well together.
Herbs can also be grown inside in a sunny window. It is easy to snip off what you need to create a meal when the herbs are right in the home.