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5 Theme Gardens to Try This Spring

Lucy Mercer
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As you plan and plant your garden this year, consider a theme garden. Ideas abound, from butterflies to pizzas, all tied together with a common idea.

Theme gardens can be packed into containers, like a pizza garden in a whiskey barrel, or spread out in the vegetable garden. What counts is grouping plants of similar needs together.

Get inspired with these ideas for theme gardens:


Fill a tea garden with herbs that will enhance your morning cuppa: bee balm, lemon balm, lemon verbena, chamomile, lavender and mint. Just be sure to segregate the mint in a container so it doesn’t take over the garden. It’s easy to root ginger in a container of potting mix, too. 


Tomato Salsa

For the best salsa around, plant tomatoes, jalapeños and cilantro in a large container in an area that gets lots of sunshine, or alternatively, learn how to grow the ingredients in a raised bed. When the harvest starts coming in, make batches of fresh salsa.



Build a pizza garden with bell peppers, tomatoes and basil. If you plant cool-weather crops, add garlic to the mix. Miracle-Gro Groables seed pods make it easy to start edibles and herbs; the seed pod is positioned at the proper depth to give plants their best start.



A griller’s garden should include hearty, flavorful herbs like rosemary, thyme and basil. Add chile and bell peppers for a bold taste that will stand up to grilled meats and fish. Here’s how to plan the perfect griller’s garden. 


butterfly on sedum

Butterflies bring life to the landscape, adding their graceful flights to the dance of the garden. Fill your butterfly garden with annuals and perennials like milkweed, butterfly weed, baptisia, coreopsis, black-eyed Susan, hollyhock, parsley and anise. Get step-by-instructions in our project How to Make a Butterfly Island Bed.


For more quick ideas, check out these lists:

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