What is a herb?

A herb is a plant that has a culinary, cosmetic or pharmaceutical use. However, they are also decorative with a variety of forms, colours and textures as well as often being scented and attracting bees and butterflies.

Using herbs in the garden

Most herbs originate in the Mediterranean and prefer a sunny, free-draining site, however, some do prefer damp, slightly shaded spots. If you do not have perfect conditions in your garden, plant them in containers where they can add fragrance to your patio.

You can plan herbs into your garden in several ways:

A separate herb garden will have great ornamental value and concentrate all the scents in one place. Traditional herb gardens are created within ornate edging stones or edged with low, clipped Box hedging, but you could also create a more informal herb garden.

Herbs can be grown among ornamental plants in mixed borders. They work well planted next to doorways, paths and seating areas where you get the benefit of the scent.

Herbs such as Thyme can be planted between gaps in paving for an informal effect. Treading on them lightly will release their fragrance.

Examples of herbs

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