Herb Garden

It’s no secret that I REALLY dislike winter so to wish it away even faster (it hasn’t even officially started yet – we are still in Autumn) , I sat down and redesigned my herb garden for in our courtyard area, so by the time Spring shows it’s beautiful face, I will be ready to rock and roll.  We have a designated triangular area which is pretty bare at the moment except for a ever thriving bay tree which is smack bang in the middle.  In hindsight, it was probably not the best place to plant it.

The only “open” piece of the triangle is the bottom, both sides are walls so no moving the herb garden to a better position; only remedy is to keep the herbs in pots and move them around.

I have tried to work around companion planting, perennial versus annual herbs and which plants want a little less sunlight and below is a rough sketch of what I have in mind.

Herb garden design

The strawberries, mint and baby tomatoes are in their own terracotta pots which stand separate to the herb garden.

What do you think?

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44 thoughts on “Herb Garden

  1. I’m with you. I absolutely hate winter. Do you have a mild one in South Africa? It’s meant to be mild in Sydney but it’s so much colder than that. I love the look of your herb garden. I really must plant one myself. I have a few things but certainly not enough. Looking forward to seeing how it survives the winter xx

    • “They” say we have a mild winter but I don’t think they know what they are talking about! It gets seriously cold! Possibly it’s mild compared to say the UK but that’s about it. Have a super weekend ahead Charlie. 🙂 xo

  2. Ahhhhh, so perfect Mandy. I’m sorry you’re heading in to your least favorite season….especially since we finally have spring. I’m planting the garden this weekend, and I will be thinking of you when I tackle the outdoor herb garden 🙂

  3. I think I’m jealous. You’re so organized. I’ve got an area that I plant everything from bulbs, peonies, herbs & whatever else ends up in my hands from the garden center. Looks like a good idea to keep the mint on its own in a pot since I think that can really get away from you, sort of like the chives that I never even knew I had that have taken over everywhere. I love the idea of keeping things in pots & being able to move them around…smart lady you are.

    • I must say, I do like to be organised – doesn’t always work that way but at least I have a plan in my head. I will take some pics once I have planted or potted everything. Mint is definitely one to keep in a pot – I’ve previously had mint take over an entire bed! Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo

  4. You are so organized! And what a great way to think warm thoughts. I’m with you about winter. I’m just waiting for ours to officially be over. I think we’re finally getting there.

    • I get quite jealous when you guys go into summer and we go into winter Kristy, although I think our winter is quite milder than yours. Hope your weather warms soon. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂 xo

    • I’m in the Eastern Cape in South Africa and we have all year around rain with a so called “mild” winter but I think it is very cold. With my herb garden being in a fixed position, I thought pots would be a good idea to move the plants with the moving seasonal sun. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo

  5. I’m pretty impressed with your planning. I hate winter too and some people were surprised that I got through a British one without too much complaining. The secret? Well, apart from wine it was the lure of central heating! In Spain we have to haul firewood and light fires which is lovely but not all the time…

    • Thanks Tanya! Right, so I have half of winter sorted, I have the wine, although doubt I will be able to get central heating – guess I will just have to get more wine! Have a beautiful week ahead. 🙂 xo

  6. Looks marvelous. And it makes me miss my sweet little bay tree from Washington! Maybe when R and I retire back there I’ll have another . . . in the meantime I’ll enjoy yours vicariously. 🙂 xo

    • I used to love winter in Mauritius! I was looking at the “patch” this morning and noted it needed a wee bit of attention before I get started – weeds seem to pop up literally overnight! Have a super day Sally. 🙂 xo

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