Welcome to our very first blog post for Lifestyle Landscaping Solutions. Today we have a very special blog post for and it’s called “Landscaping with Herbs”
This will fall into our category for Cottage Landscaping and if you are green around the edges and love that cottage feel then I am sure this section of the website will be very rewarding and plenty to learn inside.
Below I have provided for you a large variety of content to help you create the best garden possible full of lovely aromatic herbs for consumption and even those that are great for healing.
In this video, Betty purchases herbs for planting outside, and then plants them in her herb garden. A few of our herbs that were planted last year survived the winter, so Rick and I had chives, tarragon, thyme, sage, and a few ornamental plants to st…
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Designing With Herbs
Traditional herb gardens usually revolve around a theme such as culinary, medicinal or biblical. Although great for usefulness and herbal study, these gardens can be low in aesthetic appeal.
But herbs can also serve as beautiful landscape plants. By combining them in ways that highlight their ornamental value, you can create a dramatic (not to mention tasty and useful) landscape.
Rule 1: Evaluate herbs for their individual characteristics.
Herbs, just like any other plant, possess specific characteristics that can help you decide how they should be used in different garden situations. They vary in “flower power,” foliage color, texture and form (vertical, spherical and horizontal). All herbs possess at least one dominant characteristic, but some herbs may possess more than one, making them useful for more than one reason.
One such herb is lavender, which puts on a show of purple blooms in early summer, has beautiful gray foliage and is also very aromatic. ‘Opal’ basil has bold, purple foliage and a spherical form. Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ has silver-gray foliage that is strikingly soft in texture.
Lemon grass and purple Perilla contrast form (vertical and spherical), color and texture. The pink flowers of lemon mint (Monarda citriodora ‘Lambada’) provide a colorful accent. (Photo by Susan Hamilton)
Rule 2: Create effective combinations.
The secret to a pleasing and dramatic look is to combine plants that possess different dominant characteristics. For example, an ideal plant combination would include one plant with flower power, another with interesting texture and a third valued for its foliage color. Then, of these three plants, each should possess a contrasting growth habit or form (vertical, spherical and horizontal).
As you combine these different plants, pay attention to how their foliage and flower colors go together. Try not to combine more than three distinct colors together. It’s okay, though, to combine numerous shades and hues of one color together since they are harmonious.
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Edible Landscaping Mixing Herbs and Vegetable with Flowers
Edible landscaping is simply a way of using plants in the garden that will perform multiple functions, such as for food, flavor, and ornamental appearance. The idea of mixing edible crops with ornamental plantings was once frowned upon. However, placing vegetables, herbs and other edibles amongst flowers is a great way to add interesting textures and colors to the garden. Mixing vegetables, herbs and other edibles with flowers also creates year-round interest. Many gardeners also prefer to mix these plants to camouflage and repel pests.
Choosing edible landscape plants
When adding edible landscape plants to flower gardens, consider the overall look of each plant and choose those that complement one another as well as those sharing the same growing requirements. For instance, some enjoy sun while others prefer shade. Some are tolerant of drought-like conditions while others require plenty of water. For best results, make sure vegetable and herb plants are situated within the same flowerbeds as those sharing the same conditions.
Mixing vegetables and herbs with flowers can increase garden yields and flower production. The flowers increase nectar production, attracting more beneficial insects that protect edible plants and increase flower production. For instance, certain vegetables, such as onions, can help deter aphid attacks on plants such as roses. Marigolds have the same effect and work well with tomato plants, fending off snails. Another good example might include placing petunias with beans to repel bean beetles.
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