Landscape Design forum: Help with herb garden layout please

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Lilbitroses
May 7, 2017 12:49 PM CST
So I have always wanted to have my own herb garden and ive been gathering plants and seeds. Ive never actually had an herb garden before Im not sure how to lay it out. I have bee balm, lemon balm, two different kinds of mints, hopefully my lavendar will grow as i just have started it as a seed like a long time ago. Let me go get my box to see what else I have........

Garlic Chives
Goldenrod
yarrow
Echinacea
Milk thistle and I have mullein somewhere.

I want something easy and I know some of these are going to spread so I want to make sure I make enough room. Any ideas would be greatly appreciative.
Name: Sean B
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Whitebeard
May 9, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Welcome Lil, Welcome!

New gardens are terribly exciting. I hope you have a large space, because you've got some big growers and spreaders. Over the next few years the balms will grow and grow and have babies that you'll likely need to pluck and relocate or let go. Any mint is very difficult to control and can run through a garden in no time. For the mint, you might want to select a pot the size that you want it grow into, plant it in the pot and then plant the whole pot. That will control the spread.

There are lots of types of yarrow and echinacea, so the design will depend on what type, and color, you have. The basic rule of thumb is that the taller growing plants go to the back. Goldenrod would likely be at the back. The lavender would fill out the midsection nicely. Mint is low growing, so the front would likely be good. The garlic chives you can put on a side (or both) of the front border.

Experiment and have fun, and know that a garden is never done.

That said, with such a mix you can't go wrong. Plant, watch, pull, dig and relocate, as you see fit. You'll likely keep re-doing it but it will be sure to bring you joy as even it brings you challenge. All the best.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 11, 2017 1:00 AM CST
As Sean mentioned, the balms and mints have a "creeping" habit. And that includes oregano, which is in the mint family. Have you made a plan for it yet?

Some of the more aggressive herbs could be put in pots or decorative containers. Just an idea.
I have 'Grape Expectations' for making progress in the gardens....

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