The best gardens are not only beautiful to look at, but provide everyone with a way to treat all the senses. Herb gardens are especially aromatic, and fit into so many types of gardens, and so many corners of the garden. If you have a garden path already laid out that needs something to really make it special, consider planting herbs along it for a scented pathway that will invite people into the garden.
The key to designing a scented herb path is to choose herbs that will work together rather than against each other. Here are a few of the best herbs to create a scented path.
Best Herbs to Create a Scented Path
Thyme is a very delicate and dainty herb when first planted to the garden, but give it a couple of seasons and you will be amazed with how hardy and durable it can become.Thyme tends to creep across the empty ground and spring up where there is already ground cover in place, so it is a great pathway choice when you want both height and something to cover the path. Thyme gives off a light lemon scent that will pair well with more fragrant herbs.
Lavender bushes are one of the most fragrant herbs, giving off their scent with just a brush of the wind. The bushes are great at creating distinct boundaries on either side of a path and keep their shape and scent through the winter months. Plant with lower growing herbs or annuals which can fill in the space between lavender leaves and the ground beneath.
Catmint, like lavender is a great choice to establish a clear pathway. Catmint is a favorite of animals, especially cats, and can be used in low light areas where you might want a path to take you through a shaded grove. It’s scent is not as strong as other herbs, but it does flower over and over again in the same season so there is always some interest.
Purple sage has a very strong floral scent that is a favorite of cooks and fragrance designers. A paved walkway that is filled with nooks and crannies that are filled with soil are the perfect spots for purple sage to establish itself. Called purple sage because of the dark color of its leaves and the deep purple flowers that bloom, purple sage gives any garden an exotic look so using it along a path adds interest to draw garden guests in.
A much less known herb, mignonette is mostly used in perennial and cutting gardens. Try adding it to scent a pathway that lines densely packed flower gardens. Don’t be surprised when butterflies and dragonflies flock to their blooms all summer long.