Water-wise herb gardening begins with an understanding of which commonly planted herbs are drought tolerant. Many water wise herbs commonly used in the United States originated from Europe, the Mediterranean region, and Asia.
Herbs have had a place in the garden for centuries. They have been used for medicine, dye for fabric, seasoning and flavorings for food and drink, and fragrance.
In medieval European gardens, perennial flowering plants and herbs were planted together near the kitchen for easy access. These were the original cottage gardens which are still popular today.
Practices to Reduce Water Use
- Identify drought tolerant herbs for planting
- Use water conservation principles when planning and designing with herbs
- Plant herbs in hydrozones with similar water needs
- Consider growing herbs in containers close to the house or among other perennials with similar water needs to conserve water
- Plant herbs in well drained soil and limit fertilizer use
Herbs are a great addition to any landscape and are a logical choice for container gardens.
Tips on how to grow and use herbs in the Florida garden.
Video courtesy of Pinellas County Extension, Florida