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How to Build an Herb Garden

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

Planting an herb garden using your favorite plants will create a beautiful and sweet smelling garden to enjoy throughout the year. Use herbs in your favorite dishes or dry the herbs to utilize during the winter months. Plant perennial herbs like rosemary and dill in the back area of your garden bed for height and to create a backdrop to your bed. Plant low-growing herbs like thyme and oregano in the front of the bed to fill out the space and create a balanced herb garden. Around the perimeter, plant colorful flowers to contrast with the bright green herbs.

Pick out herbs in different widths and heights for a well-balanced herb garden. Choose perennial herbs, which shoot up continuously, and allow space throughout the garden for a small pathway.

Sketch your herb garden to refer to as you begin to plant your herbs and to ensure a harmonious garden.

Using a shovel, clear out the herb garden space and pull all weeds and rocks. Rake over the soil to smooth out the surface and remove any remaining stones or weeds. Prep the soil by adding a layer of compost over the soil.

Turn the soil over to mix the compost into the soil. Dig large enough holes for each herb leaving space on either side to fill up with the soil and compost mix. Space the holes out depending upon your design preference. Four to ten inches between plants is ideal.

Place the herb in the hole and fill it with soil. Lightly press down around the plant base to secure the herb into the ground.

Lay stepping stones every foot around the garden to create a pathway. Press them down into the soil and plant creeping jasmine or thyme along the path for a decorative herb garden pathway. Brush up against the thyme when you’re walking and create a vibrant scent.

Water the herbs and spread a layer of mulch around the garden bed. Spray off the stones with a garden hose and enjoy your new herb garden.


Things You Will Need

  • Perennial herbs
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Compost
  • Stepping stones
  • Creeping plants
  • Mulch
  • Water


  • Observe the prospective herb garden to ensure it receives adequate sunlight. Herbs require full sun so make sure the area receives at least four hours of direct sunlight per day.

About the Author


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 Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.