The herb varieties were chosen both for their usefulness and also their height and maintenance requirements. Very vigorous self seeding herbs such as marjoram and lemonbalm were avoided because they can soon take over. Tall herbs such as fennel were also avoided because they would block the view from the neighbours windows.
The herbs are planted in rows of prostrate rosemary, (which has superior oily leaves great for cooking), lavender, thyme and chives. A form of low growing “silver” sage was planted on the edges a couple of years after on request. Initially we planted echinacea, however the plants were small and, apart from one plant which has since self seeded, they didn’t survive the slugs.
Later on the planted area was extended along the wall at the side of the parking, on request of the neighbour who overlooks this part. Fruit bushes were added here because the soil was deeper and richer, and height wasn’t as much of an issue.