How Invasive are Herbs?

In making an herb garden design, aside from deciding on where would be the perfect location for your herb garden, you should also know whether the herbs you are planning to plant in your herb garden are invasive or not. In fact, there are a lot of people who are hesitant in growing certain herbs due to its invasive nature, even if they find that certain herb to be very useful. If you do not have any idea how an invasive herb can ruin your entire herb garden, then by just knowing that any invasive herb can overrun your entire herb garden in a short time.

Can Invasive Herbs in an Herb Garden Design be controlled?

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Invasive Herb: Mint

Planting invasive herbs for your herb garden design is not a problem, if you just know what are the right precautionary measures on controlling the invasiveness of all your herbs.  Many useful herbs are very useful for cooking purposes, that is why, it is not reasonable if you will not plant those certain useful herbs just because of their invasive properties. However, not all herbs have an invasive nature. You can include in your herb garden design invasive herbs planted together with noninvasive herbs, since both types of herbs can coexist peacefully.

List of Useful Invasive Herbs to Include in Your Herb Garden Design

Controlling the invasiveness of your herbs can be done easily if you plant one herb in one container. However, you can still plant several herbs in one big container as well. Here are some of the most common and useful herbs with cooking purposes that are invasive in nature.

  • Lemon Balm
  • Penroyal (member of the mint family)
  • Bee Balm
  • Comfrey
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint and all other herbs in the mint family

What Makes The Herbs in your Herb Garden Design Invasive?

There are many reasons why herbs become invasive once planted in a garden. One of the most common reasons why an herb becomes invasive is because they can re-seed themselves very quick and easy. Comfrey and lemon balm are the two common invasive herbs that can re-seed themselves quickly. And some invasive herbs become invasive due to its creeping rootstalk. All members of the mint family are creeping rootstalk that can reproduce itself. In order to maintain the appearance of your herb garden design, constant maintenance and monitoring of all your herbs, may it be invasive herbs or non-invasive.

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