The Zesty Aromatic Herb Garden

What best describes a zesty aromatic herb garden?

The greenery of herbs or the aromas – the fragrance that does not limit to the garden but wafts inside the house like no air freshener did.

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The Fragrant Garden: A Book About Sweet Scented Flowers and Leaves
The Fragrant Garden: A Book About Sweet Scented Flowers and Leaves

People like a colorful garden but have they considered the fragrance? I remember when I was a small kid, the garden that excited me had to be about the colors. Lovely lavenders, pink and orange roses, white lilies and jasmine, yellow marigolds and the purple orchids are a sight to behold. Bright red chrysanthemums and hibiscus, the little periwinkles and the orange ixoras, they are all so colorful. Who can resist their charm? Herb garden has its own charm too.

What makes an herb garden lively and compelling?
Of course – it is the aromas.

A garden that emanates fragrances can be very relaxing. Imagine coming to your herb garden after a stress filled day, walking through the pathway amidst the lemongrass that gave off zesty lemon fragrance could be so soothing.

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The herbs like flowers radiate energy and vibrancy too.
How often did you turn back to wonder where that bewitching fragrance came from? No matter, how much the lovely colours attract you, it is the delicate scent that fills your nostrils with perfume that come straight from heaven.

Colours could never do the dance and rhythm of a garden without the aromas. It is the fragrance that attracts the bees and butterflies. It is the smell that repels the mosquitoes from herbs that produce volatile oils and compounds. The herbs are natural repellant to many harmful insects. These plants produce their own natural pesticides to drive away insidious parasites.

In addition these aromatic herbs have medicinal properties. Here are some awesome herbs that smell great –

Lemon balm – This lemony herb is shade-tolerant, and an aromatic herb that leaves a mild lemon scent. It is often used in tea preparations and to flavor ice-cream and puddings. Originated from Europe and Mediterranean region, the lemongrass is a must for the herb garden.

Thyme – This graceful herb requires a well-drained soil. It favours a lot of sunshine and loves a neutral to alkaline pH soil quality. Its cultivars contain lemon and lavender zest. The 2 varieties of this herb are creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum) and woolly thyme (Thyme pseudolanuginosus). You can plant them in the pathway between pavement stones. As you lightly walk over them, the plants release a mild fragrance from the pressure exerted by your feet.

Lavenders are the preferred aromatic herbs that do well in hot summer and moderate water and very less requirement of fertilizer.

Rosemary is another fragrant herb that finds its way to culinary cuisine, this herb is prevalent in Mediterranean region and Italian cooking.

Want to grow fragrant herbs? Check the following –
Fragrant Herbs for an Aromatic Garden

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An Evergreen Edible Wild Herb Garden

Have you ever considered growing an edible wild herb garden that remains evergreen throughout the year?

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Did you ever wonder how did we ever tame the wild herbs and start using them in our culinary recipes and traditions? Well most of the herbs and edible wild plants used to grow in the Mediterranean regions, in meadows and wilderness of United States and East. These herbs are so adapted that you will find them being cultivated in all kitchen gardens whether it is Italy, France or Japan and China.

Many of these traditional herbs are extensively used in cuisines, they have adapted the climate and can be grown almost anywhere in the planet that is adequately rich in sunshine and soil properties. Some of the herbs may be growing wild in your backyard, you might not even recognize. For all you know, you might be digging and throwing these useful wild plants calling them weeds. These native plants that grow locally without much effort should be recognized and used to enhance the paltry palette and meals.

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The Wild Garden

Our ancestors knew the sage of herbs and spices from 200 BC. Even the Egyptians used the herbs during embalmment – the process of preserving dead bodies. During the discovery of papyruses, it was found that various herbal balms and fragrant balsams were used.

In China and Japan, wild herbs were used in culinary dishes and medicinal purposes. Ancient civilizations used aromatic, delectable wild herbs in preparation of seafood.

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Foraging wild food was common in Japan, one can find the reference of “yaso” rich in nutrients which means wild vegetables and plants used in abundance for culinary preparations.

Here are some wild herbs that you want to forage and cultivate them too –

Plantain is the most overlooked, ignored wild herb that was once used for insect bites and rashes. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties helps in making a medicinal healing salve. You can use this wild herb in tea concoctions, both leaves and seeds can be used. To harvest simply cut the leaves and leave the roots. Young and soft plantain leaves can be used in salads too.

Stinging nettle is perhaps the most ignored wild herb mistaken as weed. It is one of the most nutritious wild plants growing in Europe and United States. Nettle should be consumed while flowering, while harvesting use gloves. It has stinging hairs and causes itching, that explains the name. Dried nettle makes great tea. Nettle soup is extremely delicious.

Wood sorrel looks like a shamrock clover in appearance, easily mistaken to be a clover and weed, one can ignore its culinary flavor. It has a unique lemon flavor and is awesome in salads when used raw. It can also be used as a substitute of vinegar. It makes great tea and desserts.

Interested in foraging wild plants – Check out:
Foraging and Growing Edible Wild Herbs

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Designing An Ornamental Herb Garden

An herb garden is just not fur culinary usage, if planned and designed adequately it can take form of a lovely ornamental herb garden that adds the colour from spring and joy from summer. Though a beautiful garden takes time to manifest, you can dream and plan a colorful garden that is filled with different varieties of herbs.

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Lush green foliage, climbing vines and colorful flowers all can gel well with an herb garden. Or you can design the garden with herbs only.

The texture and consistency of herb plants is often ignored, but it is an essential component of an herb garden design. Likewise, the form and shapes of leaves can give rise to an outburst of beauty that matches the spirit of herbs. Fern like herbs, variegated variety, spikes and silver they all add to the beauty of the garden.

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You cannot miss the beautiful sunshine falling on the herbs and the herb plants looking ethereal amidst the surroundings.

As with hues, the contours define the gardens – oval, circular and rectangle they all look awesome with the symmetry. Also an arbor and trellis adds to the charm of the outdoor space. Thin, upright foliage of rosemary, sharp but broad leaves of flannel, feathery leaves of foxtail ferns they all look perfect in the space designated for the herb garden.

Adorn these herbs in raised garden beds and surround with hems of periwinkles and purple orchids. The herb garden is definitely going to look magnificent with this enchanting contrast.

Moreover, the herbs drive away the harmful insects and pests. Line the herb garden with marigold and lemon grass, not only will the ornamental garden look pretty it will also leave the air pure and fragrant.

Space garden benches and gnomes to enjoy your garden during the leisure evenings. Stroll around the herb garden crossing the bridge and enjoy your morning tea with fresh herbs straight from the garden.

Add a unique structure and texture to this herb garden with ornamental herbs. Augmenting it with rustic elements, picket fence and demarcation herb boundaries with local flora will certainly enhance the garden.

A structured ornamental herb garden has herb plants neatly contained either in containers or outdoors. Walking in your herb garden should be exhilarating and invigorating. Also a neatly contained herb garden always looks better than a casually formed. It also shows how much effort the gardener has put into – designing an herb garden is certainly not an overnight job.

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An Evergreen Witches Herb Garden

While the name witches herb garden reminds of the dark magic herbs and potions there is nothing sinister about the science that was used to heal ailments with the help of herbs by our ancestors. Gardening is next to healing.

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Even though I do not believe in magic spells and talisman I believe in the innate powers that the herbs possess. The magical herbs are capable of curing and preventing many diseases that are considered deadly. One cannot ignore the therapeutic power of these herbs. Hence the name – “Witches Herb Garden”.

The ancient civilizations and the monks from the monasteries knew the medicinal power of herbs, they helped preserved the many varieties of herbs from generations by growing and conserving them. The wise women, witches and healers understood and appreciated the herbs. They were as good as the vegetables and fruits; in many cases they were better because they were utilized as medicines.

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The monks and nuns cultivated these herbs and stored them as tinctures and fusions, Herbs were used in baths, incense because they lifted the moods. In religious practices and rituals many herbs are used and worshipped. The holy basil is worshipped in India and is used for many medicinal benefits.

A witch garden can be a very unique garden, it can really become a center of healing, good health and life style. In ancient days for a “true” witch or pagan, this garden was also a system to keep the traditions alive, the techniques preserved and a means to connect to the Mother Nature or Mother Earth.
Most of you might be already into gardening.

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While a majority of gardeners grow vegetables and fruits, a dedicated herb gardener is difficult to find. If you already have grown tomatoes and zucchinis consider growing basil and mint alongside the cucumbers and beans.

How about growing rosemary and thyme along with marigolds and nasturtiums? If you really love the fragrance of rose and night queen, you will also love the aromas of lavender and lemon grass.

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