Herbs in Borders

May 10, 2008

If you don’t have space for a separate herb bed, there are many herbs that will look great in your garden borders.

These photos show a selection of herbs that had been planted into the borders in our garden by the previous owners.

This is my favourite one, it is Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens); I originally thought it was the True alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria).  Thank you to Debs Cook of Herbal Haven for pointing this out.  You can read much more detail and clear photos of the differences and uses on her blog.

This is garlic mustard also know as Jack-by-the-hedge.  It has a mild garlic flavour which is great for gently spicing up salads.

This one is Sweet Woodruff; ready for harvesting the flowers to dry for use in pot pourri and other crafts.  It is low-growing and doesn’t mind being planted in shady places.  The scent is subtle but lovely and the flowers such a beautiful vivid white.

There are a few patches of these dotted around the borders; they are called Perennial Cornflower (Centaurea montana) and are good for ground cover but are not edible although in some parts of Europe it is used medicinally.

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1 Mrs Be 05.10.08 at 5:31 pm

That was interesting, you’ve posted about some herbs I’ve not seen/heard of. Some more things to add to my ever growing list of things to buy!

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