Small plots of land or flower beds make exemplary spaces for herbs. These not only add to the curb appeal of your property, but also provide a never-ending supply of fresh herbs for you culinary endeavors, too! Some things to know about planting an herb wheel include the following.
The lay out
The most important things to remember when planting your herb wheel are the sun and the soil. Herbs need good drainage and a sunny spot to thrive. Stake out your circular shape, and use the spokes of the wheel to separate the different varieties of herbs. Rocks, boards, or pavers make good dividers, or spokes, for your herb wheel.
The success of your herb wheel may depend upon the types of plants that you select. Choose plants that complement one another and that will create an aromatic display. Some great options for lush, full herb wheels include these:
Create your garden to mimic the shape of a wheel, leaving the center clear for a special display. This also is the best spot to plant taller plants or herbs, including a hardy rosemary plant or tall, willowy chives.
Many herbs have a long growing season, and so it is best to plant these in the spring. Be sure to only transplant seedlings after the weather has turned warm and after you have enriched the soil with compost or fertilizer for lush, full plants. You can always add more seedlings or plants after harvesting or when you need to add some additional herbs for autumn or fall.
Your herb wheel will require minimal maintenance and care, but there are a few things that you should do to ensure you have plenty of herbs all season, from spring to fall. Consider these tips:
- During the summer, trim your herbs as needed and use them in cooking or for fragrant floral arrangements and potpourri.
- You may pot your herb-wheel plants to bring them inside during the wintertime. Another tip is to cover the herbs with mulch or hay during chilly weather if you don't want to transplant them.
- Using a combination of colors, shapes, and types of herbs will make the most captivating herb wheel.
An herb wheel makes a wonderful accent or bed to complement your home's exteriors, and will add a useful touch to your property's curb appeal. Beyond the aesthetic reasons to add these unique outdoor accents to your yard, these also will provide you with an aromatic array of herbs to use in cooking, floral arranging, or simply to add fragrance to your yard and garden.