How to Use Herbs as Edging

How to use herbs as edging

Growing edible plants to use as a border in your herb, flower or vegetable gardens.

There are many herbs that make attractive edging for your borders. They can be used in combination with flower and vegetable gardens.

How to Use Herbs as Edging

1. Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

Popular, fresh or dried for mild onion flavor. Grows 12-18” tall with purple flowers. Grown as a perennial and is hardy in zones 3-9.

Cut off flowers before they go to seed to prevent self-sowing. Easy to grow from seed. Sow 10-12 seeds per plug and do not thin. This will give you a nice clump to start.

2. Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum)

Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

Use chopped leaves for a distinctive garlic flavor. Grows 12-18” tall with white flowers. Grown as a perennial and is hardy in zones 3-9.

Cut off flowers before they go to seed to prevent self-sowing. Easy to grow from seed. Sow 10-12 seeds per plug and do not thin. This will give you a nice clump to start.

3. Basil (Ocimum)

Basil (Ocimum) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

The smaller leaved basil is an excellent choice for edging. “Pistou” and “Spicy Bush” are two favorites, with “Pistou” being the smallest and growing 6-8” tall. “Spicy Bush” will grow 8-14” tall.

Sow 7 seeds per plug, and thin to 5. This will give you a nice little globe. Both are perfect for small pots or mixed containers.

4. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthrnium)

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthrnium) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

The best variety for using as a border plant is “White Stars”. It grows 7” high with masses of double white flowers.

Feverfew is grown as a perennial and is hardy in zones 5-9. Easy to grow from seed.

5. Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys)

Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

Evergreen sub-shrub with deep green leaves. Grows 12” tall with a neat symmetrical habit. Germander produces rosy-purple flowers in summer.

Hardy perennial in zones 4-9. Can be grown from seed, but best to purchase mature plant and propagate from cuttings.

6. Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

Makes a nice border plant, but needs to be pinched back periodically to keep plant short and bushy. Horehound is grown as a perennial and is hardy in zones 4-8.

Can be grown from seed, but best to purchase mature plant and propagate from cuttings.

7. Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

Plant has a pungent, minty aromatic fragrance with purple flowers. Grows 18” tall. Pinching encourages side branching and bushiness.

Hardy perennial in zone 3-9. Can be grown from seed, but best to purchase mature plant and propagate from cuttings.

8. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

One of the most popular herbs. Makes excellent border plants if pinched back to encourage side branching. Hardy in zones 7-10.

Can be grown from seed, but best to purchase mature plant and propagate from cuttings, especially if you want particular cultivars.

9. Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage (Salvia officinalis) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

The dwarf variety makes the best choice for using as an edging plant. Dwarf Sage is perennial. Grows 15” tall and is hardy in zones 5-8.

10. Savory (Satureja Montana)

Savory (Satureja Montana) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

Winter Savory has a spicy flavor with narrow leaves that are smaller and more aromatic than summer savory. Winter Savory is a perennial growing 8-10” high.

Hardy in zones 5-8. Easy to grow from seed. Sow 6 seeds per plug, and thin to 4. This will give you a nice small bush.

11. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) | How to Use Herbs as Edging

The best thyme to use for borders are the upright varieties. Most thyme are hardy perennials in zones 5-9. English and Silver Thyme are two favorites to be used as edging plants.

More Herbs to Grow on the Edge

Herb border | How to Use Herbs as Edging

Calamintha, Lavender, Italian Oregano, Patchouli, Parsley, Santolina, and Alpine Strawberry.

The best way to keep your edging plants looking their best is by regular pruning. This keeps them neat and compact. Pinching the tops will encourage branching.

Keep all your clippings for drying or to use fresh. Grooming your herbs is so rewarding. Breathing in fresh cut herbs should brighten up anyone’s day.

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