Plant a Bath Garden and Make These Herbal Bath Formulas

Many of us are flipping through seed catalogs at this time of year. Consider planning and planting a garden full of herbs appropriate to use in your bath! A bonus is that you can pick the herbs you would like to use for a cleansing, fragrant soak after gardening chores!

The container bath garden uses various-sized containers arranged in a way that is pleasing to the eye and accommodates the space you have available. The staggered container plantings of different widths and heights lend interest. The two largest containers must be 18 inches in diameter or larger.

Container Garden Plants
* 2 or 3 lavender (whichever amount your container can hold)
* 1 prostrate rosemary
* 3 sweet marjoram
* 1 peppermint or mint or your choice
* 5 German chamomile
* 1 lemon balm
* 3 calendula
* 1 thyme

A birdbath makes an interesting visual centerpiece for this garden that enhances its theme. A fountain or classical statuary could also be placed in the center. Divide each planting with a layer of plastic or newspaper, then cover that layer with mulch, decorative stone, or brick. Other ideas include an old bathtub planted with herbs, or herbs planted along a path leading to a small pool and/or fountain.

Don’t be cavalier about planting the mint in this garden. If not kept in check, it will take over and choke out the other plants. To slow this invasive tendency, plant the mint in a large container sunk into the ground. It will still want to grow over the edge of the sunken container, but it can be controlled more easily.

Plot Garden Plants
* 7 lavender
* 2 peppermint or other mint
* 12 Geranium chamomile
* 2 lemon balm
* 3 thyme
* 12 calendula
* 1 or 2 rosemary
* 7 sweet marjoram


Adapted from Herbal Remedy Gardens, by Dorie Byers. Copyright (c) 1999 by Dorie M. Byers. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Herbal Remedy Gardens, by Dorie Byers.


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Great idea.I have lavender,rosemary,peppermint and thyme.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Great idea! Thanks.

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

Thank you for yet more gardening tips. I think I'd like to try making some of my own bath products--like soap, soaks, and body butter.

Gloria Fitchett

good ideas

J.L. A.
j A4 years ago

good tips

Magdika Cecilia Perez

thank you

Zazgyva A.
Zazgyva A5 years ago

thank you, wondering where I can get all the seeds for these

Tim Cheung
Tim C6 years ago

Thanks Annie
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Michele Wilkinson

Nice ideas

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec6 years ago

Nice idea! Thanks for the bath formulas too!