Fragrant “kitchen” plants in your garden – a harmonious union of benefit and beauty. Spicy herbs look very decorative, with most of them almost do not need care.
If spicy herbs grow in the garden, a walk through the green grounds turns into an aromatherapy session, which can compete with the procedure in an expensive salon. Especially on hot days, when the air is filled with healing aromas of lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary.
And what opportunities these heroes open to create culinary masterpieces! After all, the taste of the same dish can magically change depending on what spice to add to it. Finally, one can not but pay tribute to the beauty – here fragrant pets can give odds to many ornamental plants. The world of spicy herbs is incredibly diverse, and there are a lot of options for designing a site for these representatives of the flora.
Types of plants
Our grandparents traditionally grew fragrant herbs in beds, alternating rows of parsley and chives with lettuce and cabbage. And now in the garden fashion a different kind of flower – flower. Increasingly, fragrant plants, such as fennel and cucumber grass, can be seen in flower gardens, where they perfectly match floral herbaceous perennials, summer flowers or even roses. So is it any wonder if some spicy flora such as the Agastache or Monarda are grown as decorative plants?
The Agastache with violet and white inflorescences is a bright accent in the fragrant garden. From the leaves of the plant you can make tea.
For the same purpose, the monarch (Monarda) is perfectly suited.
Classic balcony plant – pelargonium – for the summer period the company will make spicy herbs. The scarlet flowers of the beauty are especially advantageous against the background of the dark leaves of thyme.
On a long, narrow bed, the spicy grasses of different heights planted in rows look spectacular. For example, in the background – marigolds, in front of them – a red leaf perilla, which gradually replaces parsley.
Noticeable and the reverse trend: the floral plants, which until quite recently were considered exclusively decorative, were declared suitable for food! But under condition of their ecological cleanliness. So, the flowers of violet, horned, daylily, daisies and roses can decorate any salad. Tip: if you do not want to run around the garden in search of the right ingredient, break a flower garden with ornamental and fragrant plants near the kitchen (always on a sunny spot!).
Most spicy herbs grow well in pots and balcony boxes. These plants are perfectly combined with their long-flowering kadoches, for example, with pelargonium and calibrracho. However, do not forget: in the warm season, this fragrant-motley company, as a rule, should be watered every day.
Design Ideas for Herb Garden
1. The old box turned into a vintage tank for growing santolina, sage and lavender. Advice: to protect the tree from moisture, from the inside, lining the box with a film.
2. Chocolate-smelling dark flowers of blood-red cosmeasure hover above the basilica. In the foreground lavender blossoms, and the openwork fennel serves as a background.
Tip: to create a beautiful composition, it is not necessary to plant several plants in one container. Alternatively, plant, for example, sun-like species, such as lavender, oregano, cumin and basil, in terracotta pots of different sizes, put them in a group – and admire the ensemble in the Mediterranean style!
3. Mediterranean charm distinguishes the composition of potted plants, placed around a vertical support. The ensemble is complemented by bougainvillea and hydrangea.
4. The raised flower garden on a sunny place is ideal for most spicy herbs. Among the thyme, lemon balm, sage and chives, the horny violet blossoms.
5. Magnificent bouquet of marigold, cucumber grass, marshmallow and inflorescences of ornamental onions – a friendly smile of summer. Instead of a vase an enameled bucket was used. Charming ensemble in a rustic style!
DIY Garden Path With Thyme Instead of Grass
Do you want a charming aroma to be felt even on a concrete garden path? Plant between the plates low growing spicy herbs! But keep in mind that for this purpose you need to choose only such pets that will grow stubbornly, even if you regularly walk around them. For planting in the joints, intensely smelling creeping species are ideally suited, for example thyme creeping (Thymus serpyllum) or thyme herbaceous (Thymus herba-barona).
1. Separate the large root lobe into several pieces of this size so that they fit easily in the seams.
2. Distribute the plants at a distance of about 8″ from each other.
3. Dig out small holes, plant thyme and squeeze them into the soil.
4. In the end, pour a lot of “new settlers”. To make the grass well established, water it regularly in the first few weeks after planting. Later the fragrant “rug” is satisfied with a small amount of water.