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Filed Under (Types of Herb Gardens) by herb-garden on 15-09-2007

This is a modern alternative garden that uses mostly flowering herbs to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. This type of garden is usually planted in a warm sunny area and away from strong wind. A wall or hedge offers a good protection. Paths are formed to separate pre-made beds that have been filled with herbs. These beds can be planted in an orderly fashion to create a more formal appearance or encourage the herbs to knit into each other and spill into the pathways for an informal look.

Bees are useful to help pollinate plants and manufacture honey but they can also contribute a little of old-fashioned touch as they searching for pollen and nectar. They are attracted to most herbs. Butterflies are highly attracted to herbs such as oregano, mint and basil, violets, rue, foxgloves, evening primrose, Echinacea and lavender. The purpose here is to attract as many as possible of these beautiful insects for our pleasure but also to provide them with an extension of the ever decreasing habitat. Tubular red flowers such as pineapple sage, bee balm, nasturtiums but also hyssop, Korean mint, salvia and catmint are a magnet for hummingbirds.

An additional attraction to hummingbirds that should be included in your herb garden, though without herbal qualities, is a hummingbird vine or trumpet creeper such as ‘Madam Galen’ that has large flowers and stays in bloom for some time. The vine makes a lovely addition to the garden and, there is nothing else more certain to attract hummingbirds.

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