The Fragrant Herb Garden

By: Robin Svedi

A fragrant herb garden is made up of herbal plants that are valued for their aromatic qualities. It’s a place where you might like to go at the end of a stressful workday to unwind. It can consist of a few pleasantly scented herbs planted in containers kept in the corner of your porch, a large garden with a sitting area, or just several fragrant herbs planted along a favorite walkway in your yard.

Fragrant Herb Garden

Most herbs will release their aromas better when they are brushed against or touched. A nice breeze will also carry the herb’s aromatic scent across the yard to you. Keep this in mind when you are deciding where to place your fragrant herb garden. Keeping it close by would definitely be a good idea.

When it comes to scented herbs, you have a huge assortment from which to choose. Keep in mind that just because an herb is scented doesn’t mean that you will personally enjoy its scent. Before choosing and planting your fragrant herb garden, take a good whiff of each plant to be sure that its fragrance is one that you find pleasing.

Fragrant Herbs for the Garden

The following is a list of several herbs that are generally thought of by most people to have pleasing scents; in no way should this be considered a complete list as there are far too many wonderfully scented herbs to list here. As mentioned previously, test each herb before purchasing by rubbing a leaf and sniffing it for yourself to be sure that it emits a scent that you find enjoyable. Not everyone likes the same scents. That’s what makes the world go round!

  • Basil– Basil is mostly thought of as a culinary herb, but its undeniable fragrance is both pleasant and relaxing.
  • Catnip– Catnip has a nice scent but be aware that the neighborhood kitties will also enjoy it and might create a bit of a mess getting to it in your garden.
  • Chamomile– Chamomile, though mostly thought of for its wonderful tea, is also a beautiful plant. Its flowers and foliage both smell terrific in the garden.
  • Feverfew– Feverfew also produces attractive flowers, but most of its scent is emitted through its foliage and makes a nice addition to the fragrant herb garden.
  • Lavender– Lavender is an all-time favorite of the fragrant herbal gardener. Both the leaves and the flowers of this plant emit a powerful, yet relaxing, scent.
  • Lemon Balm– Lemon balm gets its name from its lemony scented leaves. Many herbal gardeners adore its fresh scent. Be aware that lemon balm reproduces at a rapid rate and can quickly take over your garden if not kept after.
  • Mint– Mint is another fragrant herb that can be quite invasive but much loved for its fresh scent. You might like to try peppermint, spearmint, chocolate mint, or orange mint in your own fragrant herb garden. By keeping them confined and in different areas of the garden, each will be able to keep its distinctive scent and fragrance.
  • Scented Geraniums– Scented geraniums don’t flower as often or as beautifully as their cousins, known simply as geraniums, but their extraordinary scents make them one of the best plants for the fragrant herbal garden. There is a huge variety of scented geraniums to choose from, with different scents that include apple, apricot, cinnamon, ginger, lemon, nutmeg, orange, strawberry, rose, and peppermint to name a few. Their leaves need to be touched or brushed in order to release their rich aroma, so be sure to put these aromatic beauties near the edge of your garden. Scented geraniums are delicate herbs and will need to be moved indoors in the winter in most climates.

This list should help to get your fragrant herb garden started, but remember to take a moment to stop and smell all the different herbs that are available at your local gardening center before choosing the ones you’d prefer in your own garden. With such a wide variety to choose from, I warn you, it isn’t going to be easy.

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Before you begin, learn the growing requirements for the herbs you've selected. We've chosen plants that can be placed relatively close together for this small herb garden. Species that will grow tall can be placed in the back of the container. Also, decide where you'll place the container — most herbs grow well in full sun to partial shade.

Materials for Herb Container Garden

Before you begin, learn the growing requirements for the herbs you've selected. We've chosen plants that can be placed relatively close together for this small herb garden. Species that will grow tall can be placed in the back of the container. Also, decide where you'll place the container — most herbs grow well in full sun to partial shade.

What Herbs Grow Well Together

Companion planting means how you combine plants in the garden. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of which plants grow harmoniously together, and sometimes it’s simply being mindful of the needs for each plant when it comes to water, nutrients, and light levels.

Herbs for Shade and Sun

Understanding a plants light needs is vital to make sure it stays healthy. While many fruits and vegetables need a lot of sun, there are plenty of options for shade too – especially when it comes to herbs. If you have a section of patio or yard that doesn’t get full sun, don’t despair. You can still grow herbs that are shade tolerant with careful plant selection.

How to Grow Herbs in Shade

  • Comfrey – This tall perennial plant has beautiful flowers and a deep taproot, making it drought tolerant once it’s established.
  • Lemon Balm – In the mint family, lemon balm is easy to grow and has a delightful fragrance. I love the way it smells and always include it in my aroma garden.
  • Mint – Easy to grow, mint tends to want to take over the world. I recommend keeping it planted in containers. It’s a perfect herb to bring color to a shady corner of your yard and will be low-maintenance as well as delicious.
  • Parsley – This shade-tolerant herb grows easily from seed and combines nicely with larger shrubs or other shade-loving herbs. I recommend growing both flat-leaf and curly-leaf varieties!

Easy-to-Grow Herbs for Sunny Garden Spots

  • Rosemary – A beautiful, semi-evergreen herb this perennial is drought tolerant, fragrant and useful for so many things. Rosemary makes a love hair rinse, and as a culinary herb it’s awesome in the kitchen.
  • Lavender – This herb has attractive, silvery green foliage and beautiful flowers with an unmistakable fragrance. You might usually think of the flowers as purple, but there are white flowering varieties as well.
  • Dill – I love dill in the garden. The foliage is attractive, the flowers are huge and the plant is easy to grow. Bonus! It attracts pollinators to your garden!
  • Sage – Sage has long been a favorite medicinal and culinary herb. But it’s also a favorite for herb garden because of it’s pretty leaves and how easy it is to grow.

Herb gardens can be so rewarding. The variety of foliage, fragrances and flowers give you lots of options to make your home and yard beautiful and useful at the same time!

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