Most people think of landscaping as rocks carefully placed,
manicured lawns, and large trees scattered about a property.
However, a garden can make a very attractive addition to any
Whether it is an herb garden or whether it is a
vegetable garden, these features can be just as beautiful as any
other landscape element, and provide added benefits as well.
Well maintained vegetable and herb gardens also provide other
benefits: they are a source of food and can be a source of very
An herb garden is one of the most common types of edible
landscape. This is because they are very easy to grow, very
tolerant of a variety of climates and conditions, and because
they grow rapidly. Additionally, herbs are more than just tasty.
Many of them look very nice, with attractively shaped leaves and
different shades of green that can add a subtle beauty to the
landscape. Not only that, but herbs often smell nice. They can
surround your home with a pleasing perfume that exudes a true
sense of “home.”
Many people plant parsley, rosemary, and
thyme in their herb gardens, but there are other herbs that can
be planted as well. Cilantro is a little milder than parsley,
and it has a different look. Mint is another herb that many
people do not think to plant, as is lavender. Both of these
herbs look different, and they both give off very nice scents.
Another herb with a very attractive smell is Roman chamomile.
Even though some of these herbs may be less frequently used, it
is possible to find plenty of recipes that use them, and
lavender and chamomile are noted for their usefulness in
providing an atmosphere of calm. So even the scents can be of
use. Simple bring them into the house and enjoy the feelings
that accompany the smell.
Vegetable gardens are other
edible landscaping devices that can look very attractive. They,
too, can be planted in a variety of climates, and can be grown
in a variety of soils.
There are some plants that grow only in
certain regions, but your basic garden fare can be grown almost
anywhere. Just the look of green plants has been shown to be
soothing, and when you grow your own food, it adds another
dimension of satisfied feelings associated with self-confidence
Every vegetable has its own look to it, and
so it is possible to enjoy a variety of different looks by
carefully choosing the plants that you grow. However, you should
choose, first and foremost, plants that you will eat. If you are
not going to eat much squash, avoid planting it. But there are
plenty of vegetables that have very attractive looking plants
and even flowers. Peas have cute little flowers and send up
beautiful curly vines. And there are many species of pepper that
look beautiful after the fruit has arrived, with their yellow,
greens, and reds.
When you use herb and vegetable gardens
as part of the landscape, there is no need to plant them all
together in one place. Spread them around the yard. Use tomato
plants and squash plants (including pumpkins) can be used as
accents. Herbs make excellent ground cover. Most vegetables and
herbs can be grown very successfully in containers. You can make
a very attractive landscape design if you use flower boxes for
your herbs, and if you use quaint old antique washtubs for
things like beans. Pretty sticks can be decorated to emerge from
decorative tins for your peas.
The great thing about growing vegetable and herb gardens as
part of your landscape is the fact that they are edible. They do
not cost very much to plant, and they can save you even more
money down the road when you buy less produce at the grocery
store. Additionally, if you have too much you can always bottle
or freeze it for later.
Many people use the excess plants from
their gardens as gifts to their neighbors or family members.
There is no reason to relegate herb and vegetable gardens to
some hidden corner of the property, or even to garden in a
conventional way, with large plots. You can add distinction to
your yard by using the unique and inexpensive method of
landscaping with herbs and vegetables.
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