Step into the aromatic world of herbs with expert advice from Bryan Leech at Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens.


In this blog, discover three essential tips for cultivating thriving herb gardens. From the importance of sunlight and soil drainage to the art of herb diversity and containment, Bryan shares his wealth of knowledge to help you cultivate a flourishing herb paradise.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these tips will guide you towards a garden filled with the fragrant delights of nature’s finest herbs.

Location, location, location

Choose a location which receives at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day as herbs like lots of sun. Morning sun followed by afternoon shade is ideal to ensure healthy growth during those warmer summer days.

Very wet soils will not produce happy herbs. Most herbs prefer moist, but well-drained soil so avoid planting in wet, soggy soil with poor percolation. Too much water inhibits proper growth and creates ideal conditions for fungal diseases. Finally, plant culinary herbs near the kitchen door so they are easy to reach.


Grow lots of different herbs and group them to take advantage of their heights, colours and contrasting textures. Place tall herbs in the centre of the herb bed and lower ones at the edges. Tall stems and leaves of lovage or angelica contrast well with the delicate and feathery leaves of sweet cicely or fennel.

There are over two hundred different thyme varieties and leaf colour varies from dark green to golden yellow and variegated, and growth habit ranges from ground-hugging to upright. With herbs there are wonderful opportunities to explore different colour foliage and plant heights.

Corral Aggressive Herbs

Mint plants are easy to grow and the leaves make a refreshing herbal tea, a garnish for new potatoes or a classic mint sauce for roast lamb. However, mint, and many of its relatives, are notoriously invasive. Sink clay or freeze-resistant plastic pots in the ground, line the herb bed with patio stones, or build a raised bed to contain the roots from escaping.