If you are new to herb gardening, companion planting herbs in a bed with your annuals, perennials and bulbs will give your herbs a head start in growing. Most annuals do not like to be planted close to other plants unless the annual itself is a disease resistant variety. Annuals and perennials like the shade provided by co-planted annuals. A border of annuals in the bed with one or two herbs in a row, will provide needed sunny shade for the herb garden. You can alternate annuals with perennials each year to provide even more variety.
The key to a successful border of growing herbs is to use a light source that does not bleach the area. Many herbs do best if they are planted in a small south-facing window. This will allow the sunlight to reach the top of the herbs, but it will also filter out most of the sunlight before it reaches the herbs. The best times to plant herbs in rows are late spring and early fall. The coolness of these months will keep most of the daytime heat out, allowing your herbs to grow at their full potential.
It is important to use sharp scissors to trim off the dead branches. This will prevent the disease from spreading among the remaining foliage of the herbs. When you have chosen the spot where you will be planting your herbs, the next step is to choose the herbs you want to use in your border. There are many different kinds of herbs available including Italian, culinary, pesto, tarragon, mint and fennel. You may need to study some of your local guides or books to find the right herbs for your situation.
For example, culinary herbs will need to have a support structure, similar to a trellis system, if they are to grow tall. You can use trellises made from wood, plastic, or wire to create the perfect growing herbs border. Many herbs have an initial plant that is very short lived, known as a bulb. These should be trimmed away before you start growing taller plants. If there are bulbs in your border, you should also prune these to allow room for the new bulbs. If you are planning a border of herbs that is for culinary purposes, it is a good idea to consider growing herbs with larger leaves.
It is very important to choose the herbs that will best fit your garden space. If you are planting herbs that will compete with other plants, you should group plants that are similar in size, color, height and habit. Larger varieties that grow in close proximity to each other will also create a beautiful display. Another way of spacing your plants is to place them evenly on the border. You will need to make sure that the largest foliage of each herb receives enough attention so that it does not become overtaken by the next largest foliage.
If you want a stronger focal point in your garden area, then place a larger herb like an herb garden blossom or a bed of marjoram right in the front of the house. By using taller plants to draw the eye upward, the eye will stay higher up and see all of the plants better. Marjoram can be used in many different ways, from the addition of a flower bed in the front garden, to a centerpiece for a holiday dinner.
If you prefer your herbs to be small, then you will do well to plant seeds of the most compact herbs. The smaller herbs can be replanted each year by simply picking out the young roots from the plant. Many times the plant will create a new root system around the outside of the bulb, which will allow you to enjoy a continuous supply year after year. You will need to make sure that you do not plant the bulb too close to other plants, so that they can grow to fill the spot left open by the departing seed.
Co growing herbs is a great way to provide your garden with herbs without having to wait for the harvest season to come around. When you are able to pick fresh herbs each year from your garden, your guests will know that you grew your own herb garden. The added benefit is that the herbs will taste better, because you were able to grow them yourself. When you are planning the next harvest, you will have some fresh herbs to use. If you have the space, you may even want to grow your own herb garden right in your home.