My vegetable garden is a large area of raised beds,
fruit trees, grape vines and of course lots of vegetables and herbs
I have six raised beds made from stacked stones all found here on our property.
Each bed is about 8 x 10 feet and supplies us with an endless assortment of vegetables
through out the year.
I usually mix herbs in with the other veggies and still do that
but I decided is was high time to give the herbs a lovely little spot all to themselves
I like the idea of adding height to a bed by using pots and barrels. In fact, I like pots scattered about the yard in interesting ways to keep the garden playful and to add color into the mix.
The urn shaped pot in the center is filled with creeping oregano. It can be planted as an ornamental but you can snip it off and use it in your sauces etc.
Another small decorative idea I used are these 2x2 stakes place in a grid pattern
and topped with tiny vintage green house pots
the squirrels and raccoons out of the beds
The raccoons have played with the pots on a couple of occasions and I have found them broken in the morning but they have yet to actually climb into the bed and dig around.
I saw this idea on an English gardening website
and though it was pretty ingenious
The herbs are all placed symmetrically and include
sage, oregano, lavender, society garlic, rosemary and 3 or 4 varieties of thyme.
Society garlic (tulbaghia) is a perennial with pretty lacy purple flowers.
The leaves have a really onion-ey smell and can be cut and used in cooking.
They make a pretty cut flower for arrangements too
The oregano is great in sauces or just tossed into a salad mix
The thyme varieties were planted all along the edge of the bed
and then criss crossed diagonally
I'm not sure if I will let the thyme spill over the edges
or try to keep it neat and tidy...what do you think?
Either way...it smells heavenly and it is one of my most favorite cooking herbs.
I have used thyme in my large pots of color along our driveway too
and it flowers with delicate lavender blossoms that cascades over the edges of the pots.
I really like this herb garden!
You could try this in a very small yard too
how cute would this look along a walk way at your front entry?
Have a great week