help the garden minx design a front herb garden
I got to spend a bit of time out in the garden today, planting another round of mixed baby lettuce in a planter, starting some parsley seeds, and hopefully another 3 heads of loose-leaf lettuce (out of the 20 seeds I stuck in the little pots, let’s hope I’ll get 3!). I did some weeding around the garlic and onion that is ringing the rose bushes and was thrilled to see one of the rose bushes is just laden down with buds. Then I surveyed the front area where I am trying to start an herb garden.
The two rosemary cuttings have dug in and are looking very happy. Eventually they will grow to be like 3 feet high and a couple feet wide there by the wall but right now they are a measley 6 inches tall and single little spikes. About 3 feet over, I’ve got two lavender plants in front of some grass that I plan to take out. I actually like the grass part of the year as it grows up higher than the wall and waves about and looks quite pretty in the first few months of summer. The rest of the year, however, it just looks like a mess and seems to be a magnet for people tossing their trash into as they walk by. So, if it isn’t raining, tomorrow before Shabbat falls I plan to dig it out.
In total, I’ve got a space about 12 feet long and 3 feet wide that I can turn into herbal splendor. I’m hoping to get some suggestions about visually pleasing herbal groupings of plants — things you’ve found that look really nice nestled close to, in front of, or behind lavender, some nice groupings of high and low plants that draw the eye, plants that make particularly pleasing borders. I’ve looked at a lot of websites and pictures and gotten some good ideas but I’m still looking for more and personal experience is the best of all. The one limitation is that they must be plants that don’t need a whole lot of water and do well in non-compost-rich soil. Ideas please!