How to Build a Herb Spiral Garden


As a urban gardener, I love ideas that help create more growing space, are visually appealing, low maintenance, very do-able and are easily accessible.

The Herb Spiral is a nature-inspired vertical garden design that is highly productive and energy efficient. It allows you to stack plants in a pyramid to maximise space - a practical and attractive solution. It is typically 6.5ft wide in diameter at
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, A compact herb spiral with stone filled gabion walls
A compact herb spiral with stone filled gabion walls.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Herb Spiral concept drawing showing side elevation with an optional pond at the bottom
Herb Spiral concept drawing showing side elevation with an optional pond at the bottom.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Diagram showing location of the optional pond or bog garden at the bottom dry wet zones for planting a variety of herbs
Diagram showing location of the optional pond or bog garden at the bottom & dry/wet zones for planting a variety of herbs.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Gather materials have ready to build your spiral Choose long lasting edges such as rocks bricks or pavers for a permanent structure
Gather materials & have ready to build your spiral. Choose long lasting edges such as rocks, bricks or pavers for a permanent structure.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Measuring the circle pond position with a string stake in the center
Measuring the circle & pond position with a string & stake in the center.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Gravel base laid pond put into position Ready to build the vertical herb spiral structure
Gravel base laid & pond put into position. Ready to build the vertical herb spiral structure.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Rocks are laid in a spiral design working upwards to the center and the ramp planting areas are filled with rubble soil and organic matter
Rocks are laid in a spiral design working upwards to the center and the ramp planting areas are filled with rubble, soil and organic matter.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, The height is built up in the center water added to pond and top layers of compost to plant into go in last and finally mulch
The height is built up in the center, water added to pond and top layers of compost to plant into go in last and finally mulch.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Seedlings are planted into the herb spiral with sun lovers at the top and shady characters water babies at the bottom
Seedlings are planted into the herb spiral with sun lovers at the top and shady characters & water babies at the bottom!
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, A square twist on a herb spiral garden Perfect for corporate courtyards or formal gardens
A square twist on a herb spiral garden. Perfect for corporate courtyards or formal gardens.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Herb spirals can be planted with a variety of edibles flowers perennials as a feature in any compact space
Herb spirals can be planted with a variety of edibles, flowers & perennials as a feature in any compact space.
how to build a herb spiral garden, diy, flowers, gardening, homesteading, how to, perennial, Rock wall herb spiral Perfect design for adding a tall thriller at the top fillers in the middle and spillers over the edges and in cracks up the walls
Rock wall herb spiral. Perfect design for adding a tall 'thriller' at the top, 'fillers' in the middle and 'spillers' over the edges and in cracks up the walls.
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  • Jo
    on Mar 14, 2016

    The spiral garden made from wire as featured in the slide show is beautiful, do you have instructions on how to make that?

    • Carlina Roberts Jett
      on Jan 22, 2018

      the above link doesn’t work. I’d like to get the steps for building that one also. Are they listed anywhere else?

  • Son3615523
    on Apr 4, 2016

    How do you keep the soil from all washing down to the bottom of the spiral?

    • I would suggest a heavy interlocking mulch like a coarse bark chip that holds well onto itself. Once your plants establish, their root systems will stabilise the soil. Wire mesh inserted under the mulch at any vulnerable points may be a short term option.

      , A fibrous mulch will also work well as it tends to hold onto itself as a mass rather than individual chips

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  • Gail
    on May 29, 2017

    I love all of garden ideas! Living art.

  • Ret Grant
    on Jul 28, 2017

    Love your ideas. I might also add a rubber liner and some rocks with a pump and have a spiral waterfall fountain with small plants on the side of the water and a catch pool at the bottom.

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