5 Types of Herb Garden Designs

If you currently have a garden, you know the joys of growing something yourself. Now you can take that garden one step further by growing a “designer” herb garden, which looks beautiful and is, of course, practical! Designing your own herb garden is all about creating it so that it is useful and pleasing to you.

Herb Garden Designs

Read on to learn about some of the most common garden ideas/designs and how you can easily make them yourself.

Culinary Creation

Practical and enjoyable, you can create a culinary garden that is within arm’s reach. If you already have a garden, you can designate an area for your herbs that you use most often in your cooking. If you are short on space, you can also grow them in containers, and move them in and out of the sun as needed. This culinary garden is literally your creation; just grow what you use most! If you eat a mainly Mediterranean diet, your garden might include oregano, garlic, rosemary, turmeric and cumin.

Tea Garden

Not only does it just sounds cute, but tea gardens are also very practical, especially if you enjoy some home-made herbal tea! Clearly label the herbs in your tea garden so that guests can go out and pick their own herbs for a cup of tea. Some of the most popular herbs for tea gardens include mint, chamomile, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, and echinacea.

Cottage Garden

A cottage garden is the anti-garden: rather than planting everything in neat little rows, cottage garden are planted in informal bunches. In this type of garden, you can bunch your similar herbs together and plant them close to their herb/veggie pairings. The look you’re going for in this garden is laid-back and carefree. Plant your herbs how you want, and then decorate your garden with some arbors, lattices, pathways, and nice garden chairs.

Container Gardens

We mentioned above briefly that many herbs can be grown in containers. Here’s a garden that makes the most of herbs living in containers, while making the design pleasing to the eye. A usual container garden involves tall, narrow plants in the middle surrounded by shorter, fuller plants on the outside. Since they’re in containers, it is easy to reorganize your garden often and try different designs. When you are growing herbs in containers, it is important to use the best soil you can afford to buy (buy, not find in your backyard) and to water your herbs often.

Colorful Gardens

If you’re generally happy with your garden but want to add some color to the sea of green, this is the design for you. A few “designer” tips: colors that are next to each other on the color wheel will complement each other (e.g. yellow and orange); blues, purples, and greens are relaxing colors while reds, ranges, and yellows are warm, eye-opening colors; and adding a white plant will soften the colors of the surrounding plants.

Think about what color is most pleasing to you, and start there. The easiest way is to start with various shades of that favorite color, then go from there. These colorful gardens add a nice pop to your backyard and are sure to make you smile every time you catch a glimpse.


If you want to have a little more fun with your design, a cottage garden or container garden are probably the best options for you. If practicality is your thing, a culinary garden or tea garden is probably your goal. And if you’re just looking to brighten up the place, follow the advice for colorful gardens. Remember that gardening should be fun, and it is ultimately yours to create as you wish.


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