- Lavender blossom added to a bath provides soothing fragrance.lavender image by koi88 from Fotolia.com
An herb garden devoted to a blend of plants to be used for the same purpose has several choices for a theme. Historically herb plants have been used for medicinal purposes, enhancing flavors in food, cosmetic and skin treatment, and for teas or cold drinks. In grouping herb plants together for a complementary use, the gardener need only walk to one corner of the yard to pick an assortment of herbs needed for that special spaghetti sauce, or to an opposite corner for that fragrant blend of herbs for a hot soak in the bath.
- Herbs to grow together in a garden for the purpose of harvesting for tea include many varieties of the mint family. All of the mint herbs (Mentha viridis), such as spearmint or peppermint, are very easy to grow but they do spread vigorously. Either place an underground barrier to the spreading roots or plan on pulling the new plants so they don't overtake the entire tea garden. Also excellent for tea are the leaves of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). The leaves of this herb can be continually clipped during the growing season for a steady supply of ingredients for tea. These herbs will grow well in a sunny or shady location.
Herbs for Hot Soaks
- A complementary blend of herbs to plant together for a fragrant bath are lavender (Lavendula), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) and camomile (Matricaria chamomilla). Blend both the flowers and leaves of these three herbs together for a fragrant, soothing additive to the bath. An ideal method for use is to gather the herbs into a small muslin bag and hang the scented pouch over the hot water spigot. These herb plants will all thrive in a sunny garden bed together.
Italian Sauce Herbs
- Several herbs needed for a delicious Italian tomato sauce also grow well together. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is available in many varieties and is a superb addition in any tomato sauce or dish. Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is another herb to complement the Italian sauce herb bed as it is rarely left out of a truly delicious spaghetti sauce. Garlic (Allium sativum) is also considered an herb, and is a must for the Italian-themed herb bed. All of these tomato sauce herbs enjoy a warm, sunny, well-drained environment.
- Add anise leaves to the salad for a hint of licorice flavor.salad image by Wouter Tolenaars from Fotolia.com
Complementary herbs to grow in a bed devoted to enhancing a salad include chive (Allium schoenoprasum) for a hint of onion flavor, arugula (Diplotaxis muralis) for a peppery flavor and anise (Pimpinella anisum) leaves for a touch of licorice tang to the dish.