Fresh and Handy 4 x 4-foot Herb Garden

Plant this herb bed for year-round flavor.

The Fresh & Handy Herb bed is lush and full of flavor. Thai basil contributes lovely purple blooms in the back.

Keep culinary herbs close by with the fresh and handy herb garden planting plan for a 4 x 4 bed.

Fresh herbs elevate every home-cooked meal. Keep a collection of your favorite herbs handy in a 4 x 4 bed. Plant this herb garden plan in spring and enjoy through summer and fall. You’ll be surprised with how much you’ll harvest from a small, but well-tended space. Designed for easy maintenance, a 4 x 4-foot bed lets you reach the center from any side.

This planting plan should give you plenty of herbs for salads, cooking, and beverages. If you want to expand your garden, place two 4 x 4 beds symmetrically on either side of a 3 to 4-foot path, wide enough for you and your tools. Try the Easy Summer Garden or the Fresh and Early Salad Garden for the second bed.

Planting the 4 x 4 Bed

Take inspiration from these planting options. The plan allows for some interpretation depending on your taste. These plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! Following spacing on the plant labels, adding a few more plants than we have pictured if the spacing allows.

Choose from your favorite herbs for the fresh and handy herb garden bed.

Area 1 – Upright Herbs

Plant the following three rows

  • 1 rosemary and 3 chives
  • 4 parsley (Italian or curled)
  • 2 Sweet basil

Area 2 – Creeping Herbs

  • 2 Sweet mint (in sunken pots)
  • 1 oregano (Greek or variegated)
  • 1 thyme (German, Lemon, or Lemon variegated)