Herb Garden vs. Chantry Garden

Foliages are always a good sight. Plants help relax the mind, and they offer an uplifting break to those who take refuge in it. Some do give a refreshing scent, while other plants are a delight to see and smell.

Either a chantry garden or a herb garden can soothe your senses permanently, but which of the two will suit your property or your personality? Here’s a quick comparative guide to get your started.

Herb Garden

Be enchanted in a chantry garden.      

Chantry gardens are splendid places one can enjoy. Filled with woody shrubs and flowering perennial plants, these are often seen on hilly areas and require quite a steep climb to enjoy the scenery. This type of garden is a perfect place to meditate and spend the time in solitude, whether in prayer or when one needs a respite from the busy world.

In this type of garden, you would often see foliages that are very colorful and fragrant. Flowers like alstroemeria, daisies and forget-me-nots may adorn chantry gardens quite beautifully, while ferns and heucheras accentuate the blossoms that can last longer than two years. These plants will surely thrive and grow healthily for as long as they receive an ample amount of sunlight, and are planted early in the fall or spring.

The basic essentials to build a herb garden.

Herb gardens are often the source of flavorings added to our favorite foods like pastas, soups and breads, as well as fragrant perfumes and colognes. Some over-the-counter and homeopathic medications sold in the market also contain herbs that can help cure a myriad of illness and provide temporary cure to any minor bodily complaint. There is a stark difference, though, between herbs and spices, as herbs are usually leaves that are fresh and dried, while spices are harvested from seeds, flowers, roots or barks of herbs and other plants.

It is relatively easy to maintain this kind of garden, as this only requires a small space and can be kept either indoors and outdoors. Herbs usually wilt and dry during winter, but still manages to keep its root sustained under the soil. Because of its aroma, herbs have the tendency to naturally repel pests, so these require minimal use of fertilizers and insecticides.

What garden suits you best?

If you are the type who appreciate the sights of well-pruned garden, and if you have an enormous space to fill with plants, a chantry garden may be the one for you. However, if you have a constrained space or have little to no time maintaining a garden, but would like to still enjoy the flora and fauna, plus the fresh scents of leaves and foliage, keeping a herb garden might be best for you. Both gardens, if preserved and cared well, will flourish and bloom beautifully.

Written by Clark Jones, owner of Tree Frog Complete Grounds Maintenance. Tree Frog is the best company for landscaping in Columbia, MO.

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