Homeowners in Oakland have been installing the herb garden with style and flair this month. One family has transformed their small backyard into a decorative retreat.
Before putting the herb garden in place they had the building blocks laid out with paths and patio (inspired by designer Meagan Siemons) woven into a small, square backyard. Neighboring large eucalyptus trees (which are not native to this area) were removed and the garden opened up. Since then, they have had something of a view, and began thinking about filling in the raised beds with vegetables and the bare spaces with decorative plants.
The herb garden was delivered with all the material they needed. I consulted with them briefly before the delivery to see if the herb garden would be appropriate for their back yard. Design-wise, there is no correct answer and they could be as creative as they wanted. This family expanded the area with step stones and set out the plants in a pattern, splitting it in two areas across the path. It creates a beautiful space where they can have a coffee, a meal or an evening drink on a warm night with the fragrance of sage, rosemary and thyme keeping them company.
I am grateful to be able to show you these before and after photos. Since gardens are always growing and changing, I will look forward to seeing how it progresses in the coming seasons.