I’m introducing a new series called the Creative DIY Team today. The participating bloggers are: 

Cristina (Remodelando la Casa) 
Susan (Love Of Home) 
Cassie (Primitive & Proper)  
And me of course!

Each month we will be tackling a project to show you. This month’s project is herbs.

Every year I grow many herbs. I’ve been an herb enthusiast since the early nineties. There are so many uses for herbs. And not just cooking!

Here’s a little herb fairy garden I created recently.


This is mint, which is great in iced tea. There are many forms of mint, even chocolate. Which I have around here growing somewhere!

Lemon balm was one of my first herbs to come up this spring. It is very hardy! And I’ve already had to cut it back several times.

The lavender below is about to bloom.

I like to mix herbs with flowers and other plants in my containers. 
If you haven’t grown herbs in your garden, you should give them a try. Insects don’t much care for them because of their strong scent, which is always a plus.

Most of the ones I have came back up in my container gardens from last year and the year before. 

Here’s a look at what you’ll find when you visit the others…


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  1. Brenda, I have no luck growing Lavender, please give me hints. When I buy plants and plant them in the ground, they start to die. Should I only plant them in pots so I can move them around to get the right spot of sunshine, or what? I have tried Lavender so many times over the years, to no avail. Your Lavender looks so healthy! Did it come up from last year? Thanks for your help.

  2. Hi Brenda, I also love herbs and grow many kinds. I cook everyday with them, I have to say Mint and Basil are my favorites. I mix them in with flowering plants at a garden that is close to my kitchen so I can snip them as I need them. Yours look great, your right about the mint in tea we make it everyday! Happy Gardening to you [email protected] Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

  3. Brenda, I am such a fan of herbs. I have grown them for many years, mainly in pots! But last year with a new garden space installed, I was able to plant many into the ground! I love to cook with them, but I also just love to brush against them to smell the lovely fragrances they give off. How do you use your lemon balm? Mine came back really well from last year! Pam @ Everyday Living

  4. I love your patio. All your plants are just gorgeous.

    The only herbs that survive the winters are sage and chives. I live in zone 6, forget if it's 6a or 6b.

    I always buy a couple of different mints and a stevia plant for my deck. I love to go out there and eat a stevia leaf along with a bunch of mint leaves. It tastes just like minty chewing gum.

  5. I plant herbs in planters on the deck where we like to sit in the evening. They help keep the little flying bugs away from us. There are lists on pinterest (in my garden pins) that list what helps keep what away. I love your patio. Have a great day!

  6. I haven't tried lemon balm, gotta put it on my list. The herb fairy garden is so very charming, the perfect way to start growing herbs. Happy to be gardening with you Brenda!

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