Creating Fragrant Garden Paths

Greetings Friends! Whether it is the sweet scent of roses or the intoxicating aroma of honeysuckle, the garden can offer a potent array of aromatherapy. One of the many ways I've used herbs in my garden is to create fragrant paths...

Plant herbs for fragrant paths and landscaping
I have an abundance of rosemary in my garden and it was no accident that I used it to line the main garden path. I cannot tell you how many times people stop at the entrance, breathe in and exclaim, "Oh it smells so good!" as they brush past. 

Fragrant Herb Garden Paths

Throughout the garden, I have planted herbs as landscape with a scented purpose. Not to mention, they are deer and drought resistant!   Here are some examples:

The walkway to my front door is planted with alternating rosemary and lavender. 

Lavender lined walkway

Lemony thyme surrounds the stepping stones leading to my gazebo.

Lemon thyme

Sweet mint is planted in several "high traffic" garden areas.  I know some gardeners consider it invasive but in my opinion, anything that stays green through Texas summers and smells that good can grow crazy as far as I am concerned! 

Sweet mint

Do you use herbs for landscaping? 


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  1. Your rosemary plants are them! I plant herbs in containers on my porch. Used to have them in the vegetable garden, but they got out of control.

  2. Oh yes, I've always planted herbs. I've never considered mint invasive. It smells too good to be considered that! I like to find different varieties of mints. There are so many!

  3. Your garden is beautiful Cecilia ... not to mention to wonderful aroma. I wish I could get my lavender to grow pretty like yours. I have rosemary and it does really well without much care. That's the kind of plant that I enjoy. Thanks for sharing your garden with us.
    Audrey Z.

  4. Oh yes! I have mint (I agree with you - if it can handle our Texas heat, it is free to go crazy!) and rosemary too. Trying to get some sage and basil growing too. Love the way herbs smell!

  5. What a great idea to plant along paths! I have limited areas for full sun but I do have sage, chives, basil, garlic chives and lemon balm in my garden. If you bend down you can smell them!

  6. Hi Cecilia--your pathways are gorgeous! I've got some mint and chives growing (not very prettily right now). It's too cold in NY for rosemary to winter over, so I've got some in a pot with basil and oregano. I smell them every day!!

  7. Cecilia, your garden is wonderful! I just planted my first herb garden and now you have inspired me to use them throughout our yard. Thank you for joining the Share Your Style party and have a great day.

  8. I read somewhere that in Colonial times, they would plant mint or thyme on the front paths. As a visitor approached, their footfalls would release the scent, thus alerting those in the house that company was coming. I don't know if it's true, but it's a charming thought.

  9. Your herb garden it so lovely, I can imagine the fragrance coming off them as you brush past them. Enjoy your day Cecilia. Hugs, Jo

  10. Beautiful Cecilia! I've never thought of herbs in a landscaping way! What a great idea. I bet it smells heavenly in your garden. Thanks for a great idea. xoxo

  11. I haven't found a rosemary plant this year although I have looked. It doesn't winter where we are so I put it into a big container and over winter it indoors. It lasts till about February and then gives up the ghost no matter how I try to keep it longer.

  12. Hi Cecilia! Thanks so much for coming by and taking the time to leave a comment. You're so kind . . . and I love reading them!
    I'm so happy that I came by today . . . I was at one of my favorite nurseries this morning and spent most of my time admiring all the herbs. I discovered Orange Thyme. Have you heard of it? Oh my heavens . . . it smells amazing!
    And I took photos of 6 different kinds of thyme. There was so much to see . . . and I wanted it all. I LOVE seeing your herbs meander on the floor of your garden. Lots of inspiration for me here :0)
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  13. I love your paths. I have to grow them in beds. But they are healing, and I think it is important that children can touch these plants with their fingers and smell them. xoxo

  14. No I don't but I should! I planted some lavender seeds a few weeks ago and I haven't seen anything coming up yet. Your herbs look amazing! What a great place to hang out... and breathe it all in :)

  15. We just moved here and are redoing our yard but as soon as I get it all planned out some herbs are definitely going in so I can enjoy all that wonderful aromatherapy myself. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  16. I love brushing against herbs and releasing their wonderful scent! I too plant them where they will be stepped on or brushed against. Just love them! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  17. I've never used herbs to line paths, but maybe I should! Visiting from Tuesday Garden Party!

  18. Your garden paths are so inspiring!!! I love this idea! Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week :)

  19. Oh Cecilia, what a wonderful idea! I have never thought of planting herbs along the pathway.... thanks for the inspiration, my friend :) And thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Happy weekend!

  20. Hi friend! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that this lovely post was featured at Roses of Inspiration this week :) Hugs to you!


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