After we added the cobblestone boarder separating the espaliered fruit trees & strawberries from the rest of the yard, the right side of the back of our house looked out of balance. We had built the espalier boarder along the fence then wrapped it along the left side of the back of the house. This left the right side of the back feeling out of balance and a little naked.
To balance things out we decided to add an herb bed on the right side with a matching cobblestone boarder. We were a little short on space for the amount of herbs we wanted to grow so this worked out perfectly. Being right next to the back door it's the perfect space for grabbing herbs for the kitchen.
In this bed we also dug four pots into the ground that we will plant with rosemary. Since rosemary is not winter hardy in Minnesota growing it in pots will allow us to bring it inside the house to safely overwinter it (and have it available for roasts and stews during the cold months).
We dug each hole for the pots so they would sit just above ground level. Instead of setting the terra-cotta pots directly in the ground we placed used plastic pots from a local nursery in the ground first. These plastic pots will act as a liner making it really easy to remove the terra-cotta pots in the fall. The liner will also keep the holes from filling in without the terra-cotta pots in place. This will make it easy to just slip the pots back in place each spring.
As we were not originally planing on adding this bed we did not have all the plants started to fill it. We had a couple extra lavenders and some Chinese wolf-berries that we planted, but the rest we bought, mostly at the Saint Paul Farmers Market. We choose several different types of thyme, pineapple sage, alpine strawberries, and of course the rosemary. While these plants won't add much to the urban ton, they will allow us to make what we grow taste even better as we eat it!