How to Design a Herb Garden with Pots & Pavers


Among other reasons, herbs are cultivated throughout the world for culinary and medicinal purposes. Each herb has a distinct flavor and aroma that sets its apart from the others. Design an herb garden to reap the benefits of homegrown herbs. Do not despair if you lack garden space; build one on the existing hardscape such as pavers on a side of your patio or backyard. Use different pots and plants in a variety of shapes and designs that are functional, yet decorative. Design the plan on paper beforehand to make all final adjustments before you execute it and enjoy the convenience of homegrown herbs.

Step 1

Measure the length and width of the appropriate outdoor site, and write the measurements down. Make sure your chosen site receives five to six hours of direct sunlight every day.

Step 2

Scale the dimensions on a graph paper, with each square representing 1/2 to 1 foot of land. Draw the boundaries that determine the overall shape of the herb garden. Stick with the existing shape, or contour it slightly to enhance the appearance and appeal of the herb garden. Also decide whether you want boundaries made with fencing, landscaping blocks, or lined planters filled with foliage hedge, such as ivy, or herbs, such as sage or mint, that are available in different colors. Add details within the boundaries after demarcating them.

Step 3

Draw the entry to your herb garden. Keep it in the center or on a side, clear from obstructions like nearby structures or buildings.

Step 4

Draw a focal point in the garden, such as a circular placement of pots in the center of the garden with a fountain in the middle. Also add decorative pots on a shelving unit, such as a baker's rack. Be creative when designing the focal point.

Step 5

Decide location of pots. Form "garden beds" by placing identical pots in squares or rectangles spaced equally apart throughout the herb garden. Decide how many garden beds you can form in the available space and the number of pots needed for each. Remember to space each "bed" at least one foot apart to allow sufficient space for a paver path over which you can walk. If the space is small, place arrangements of pots in descending order (with the larger pots in the back and smaller ones in front) near the boundary of the garden instead of forming beds.

Step 6

Design pathways leading from the "beds," or arrangement of pots, to the focal point. You do not need to add pebbles or any such material over the paths because of the existing landscape pavers.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Notepad
  • Pencil
  • Graph paper


  • Growing Herbs at Home: Herb Garden Design
  • Culinary Herb Guide: Herbs

Who Can Help

  • Herb Expert: Growing Herbs in Containers
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