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A Culinary Kitchen Garden Perfect for Small Spaces

Herbs are essential in my garden. I use fresh herbs in my cooking year-round and like to keep them close to the kitchen for easy harvest. Join me as we take a tour of transforming my perennial herb container garden into a culinary kitchen garden that tastes as beautiful as it looks.

Culinary Kitchen Garden Plan Completed

Kitchen gardens are a great way to keep fresh produce and herbs ready for cooking right outside your back door. When you’re growing herbs, you want to make sure things are organized and neat because it’s right next to your entertainment space.

Here’s How I Developed A Culinary Yet Decorative Kitchen Garden!

Culinary Garden Before Upgrade

In one of my previous homes, the garden spaces were near the edges of the property. We had a small deck with stairs off the kitchen that led down to the patio space. I created a perennial herb garden in containers for easy access from the kitchen.

Herb Garden before renovation
Earlier, I was not making the most of this easily accessible space from my patio.

when I gone, An ideal in-ground bed was ready to be a kitchen garden. The 4 foot by 10 foot space is mostly in full sunlight and conveniently located at the base of the stairs leading down to the deck.

I brought the pots of herbs from the old house and transplanted them into the soil around a young fig tree that came with the garden. The soil was very poor, but I built it up over the next few years with layers of home compost.

Elevated herb garden before renovation
Although I love the fig tree, it provided too much shade for the plants below it.

Bright, direct sunlight and healthy soil proved to be the perfect combination. all the herbs grew like weedsAnd before I knew it, I had monster sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano and mint plants competing to be the tallest and mightiest in the neighborhood.

However, he did not get the chance to win the title because of a fig tree growing in the center of the space. It jumped 10 feet and showed no signs of slowing down.

I tried pruning and shaping the fig in the hope that it would respond well. But, in the end, you can’t argue with “right plant, right place.” It was too big for the place.

Placing the utensils by planning the kitchen garden
Adding containers within a garden is a great way to decorate a bed.

Kitchen Garden Update Time!

It’s not often you hear about the need for renovation because things are flourishing, but in this case, I need to rethink what the garden will be like in the long term, especially with healthy soil and sun. With the light of

My idea was to combine my favorite everyday herbs with some special and ornamental feature plants for interest. Given the size of the space, I looked for dwarf or container varieties, as well as varieties that respond well to pruning.

My friends in Monrovia generously provided me with some beautiful items Dwarf Plant Varieties It worked perfectly for the space. I reused some of my containers from a previous garden and divided the herbs to give them room to grow more.

Then, I added some annual herbs, such as basil and parsley, around the perennial plants for practical and ornamental purposes.

it is important that you Plant your kitchen garden very close to the house. This is considered zone 1 in permaculture design, and should be easily accessible for you to harvest and maintain plants on a daily basis.

Herb Garden Renovation Plan - Planting Plants in Place
Dwarf plant varieties ensure that nothing is too big for space.

List of Culinary Kitchen Garden Plants

You can customize your kitchen garden with whatever types of plants you like, but my newly planted culinary kitchen garden looks like this now.

Culinary Kitchen Garden
After everything is planted and grown!


yuzu (Citrus echangensis x C. reticulata) is an interesting thorn, lemon tree and a temperate citrus from East Asia. This tree comes from a tree native to Japan that has a climate similar to the Pacific Northwest and zone 7.

While most citruses require heat, sun, and at least zone 8, yuzu are an interesting addition to my temperate culinary kitchen garden. The fruit is bitter and astringent; Mostly used in sauces.

I haven’t tasted it yet, but the aromatic leaves indicate that I’ll be using a lot of yuzu in cooking. This dwarf tree will only grow 6-8′ tall and is cold resistant down to 10°F, It is a great feature plant to support a garden.

yuzu tree closes the thorns
If you live in a cold climate and crave citrus fruits, yuzu is a good choice.

blue berries

Like Yuzu, These Two Brazelberries Are Blueberries Highly ornamental, cold-resistant, dwarf, fruit-bearing plant.

Blueberry bush planted in the kitchen garden
Small but mighty, blueberry bushes produce copious amounts of berries in summer.


I wanted a dwarf variety of rosemary for the garden but decided One that will respond well to pruning instead.

earp rosemary Is an upright growing rosemary that can grow into a 6-foot hedge if allowed. Since it responds well to pruning, I plan to keep these two plants and harvest lots of rosemary throughout the year!


I have two types of oregano that get in a pot: Hot and Spicy Oregano And Italian oregano, Hot and Spicy is fluffy and tastes a bit bitter when raw. It won’t add much spice to a dish when cooked, so use it like regular oregano.

Italian oregano is lime green in color and can be easily transplanted as a groundcover in the ornamental garden. I only use a small amount of thyme in cooking, but I like to keep an abundance of flowers in the garden for the bees.

Oregano in a Container Culinary Garden
Oregano can spread, so I like to grow it in containers.


I have two sedge plants that have space left over. A large silvery sage in the northeast corner of the bed and a tall sage that has been trained into a 4 foot tall tree. Both provide lots of herbs for me and flowers for pollinators.

Chives, Nodding Onions

I plant lots of chives and onions around the garden to ward off pests. chives have purple, pompom-shaped flowers Which will bloom alternately with lavender.

a nodding onion (allium cernum) is planted between two rosemary plants, showing delicate white flowers that hang upside down.

Chives and lavender
Chives are as delicious as they are ornamental.


My Mojito Mint is a large leaf, sweet mint that is simply labeled as “Mojito Mint”. it is kept in a big plastic container Winter is well spent. I can often harvest some mint leaves in November.

Dark-Stemmed Chocolate Mint is another favorite. This was a division from my mother’s garden many years ago. It reliably produces chocolate-scented leaves year after year. Since mint can be invasive, I keep it in pots.

Mojito Mint
Mint can be incredibly invasive, so I suggest growing it in a container in your kitchen garden.


Lavender is planted throughout my flower garden, but I felt it needed a place in the kitchen garden as well. you can Use it as a culinary herb, like this lavender lemonade. This Thumbelina Lay English lavender is a dwarf variety that reaches 12 inches high and wide.

I alternated them with chives. lavender can be cut after flowering to maintain its beautiful shape, And it will rebloom up to three times each year.


I have a love/hate relationship with Strawberry Pots. Aside, i love how decorative they are and it’s full Albion, seascapeAnd San Andreas Strawberry looks very beautiful.

I’ve been using it to grow strawberries (as can be seen by the patina on the pot) for several years, but I’ve always been frustrated with how the berries grow in the lower pockets.

i made a perforated watering hose, and then all the plants flourished! I look forward to a long harvest of fresh strawberries this year.


All the plants I mentioned above are perennials. unfortunately, Not all herbs come back every year. Here are some annuals that I also include in my culinary garden that can be adapted each year depending on what I’m cooking.

  • Italian flatleaf parsley, curly parsley
  • boxwood basil
  • thai basil
  • Pineapple sage

Frequently Asked Questions About Kitchen Gardens

What is included in the kitchen garden?

A kitchen garden is filled with herbs and produce that you use often in cooking. What you plant depends entirely on what you eat!

I like to plant most perennials to make maintenance easier, as the plant will come back on its own every year. I also prefer dwarf varieties so that I can plant multiple edible plants without worrying that they will grow out of place.

How do I start a kitchen garden?

First of all, you have to choose a location. The location should ideally be easy to access to the kitchen, usually on or near a patio. Sunlight must be matched to the needs of the plant, usually full sun or partial shade. You’ll also want nutrient-rich soil to ensure that the plant is fruitful and can handle frequent harvesting.

If you don’t have a garden bed for a culinary garden, you can also grow your edible plants in containers or raised beds. Even apartments can have a kitchen garden.

With the addition of all these things to my culinary kitchen garden, I will be off to a great start in the field of cooking. I look forward to hearing about any herbs you grow in your garden that you can’t live without. Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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