Several aromatic plants artfully arranged in a circular bed will produce a wealth of flavors and scents. A sundial in the center lends an extra touch of elegance.

By Sheryl Geerts
Updated February 01, 2021

Growing your own herbs means you'll always have a fresh supply of delicious flavors and pleasant scents whenever you need them. Many of these plants are also quite attractive, especially when carefully selected and arranged to show off their beauty. This classic herb garden plan features several easy-to-grow aromatic plants that are pleasing to the eyes and nose alike. The design echoes a theme used by medieval monks for their apothecary gardens: a circle around a cross. A sundial in the center of the bed is also a traditional element, and acts as an elegant focal point. You can use the stepping stone path to easily access and maintain the plants around it. Harvest the herbs just before they bloom for the best flavor.

Classic Herb Garden
Credit: Gary Palmer

Plants for Creating the Classic Herb Garden Plan

  • 3 Creeping rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’): Zones 7-9
  • 1 Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Berggarten’): Zones 5-8
  • 1 Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare): Zones 4-9
  • 4 English thyme (Thymus vulgaris): Zones 5-9
  • 3 Boxwood basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Boxwood’): Annual
  • 1 Dill (Anethum graveolens): Zones 2-11
  • 3 Curly parsley (Petroselinum crispum): Annual
  • 1 Chives (Allium schoenoprasum): Zones 4-8
  • 3 Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum): Zones 4-8
  • 1 Genovese basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Genovese’): Annual

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting. For example, fennel is problematic in many coastal areas of the country, but cutting off flower clusters before seeds ripen helps keep it contained.

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