Decorative Herb Garden


Growing your own herbs in your garden is simple yet will keep your garden looking full and beautiful all year round. Plant tall herbs like rosemary and cilantro in the back of the bed for height or a backdrop against a wall or fence. Around the middle and front area of your herb garden, plant colorful creeping vines like thyme and jasmine. For small spaces, mix various herbs in a container and plop in your garden space.

Step 1

Pick out herbs of varying heights to create a decorative herb garden. Choose perennial herbs, which will come back every year. Allow space throughout the garden for a slate path.

Step 2

Clear out the garden space and pull all weeds and other plants you don't want growing in the garden. Rake over to smooth out the soil and level the planting ground and path.

Step 3

Dig holes for planting herbs. Allow enough room in the bottom and on either side to fill with dirt and compost. Space the holes out 5 to 10 inches apart.

Step 4

Add 1 to 2 inches of compost in the hole. Place the herb on top of the layer of compost and fill in the remaining hole with soil. Gently press down the plant to secure it in the ground.

Step 5

Lay slate stones every 2 to 3 inches around the garden for a pathway. Press them into the soil for a snug fit. Add creeping vines along the path for a decorative design.

Step 6

Water the newly planted herbs and spray off the slate stones. Sprinkle 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the herbs and slate stones.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbs
  • Rake
  • Spade
  • Soil
  • Compost
  • Slate
  • Creeping plants
  • Water
  • Mulch


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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.