Turn Your Kitchen into an Aromatic Garden

Imagine that amazing aroma from a selection of fresh herbs growing on your own kitchen window sill – sprigs of mint always at hand, basil leaves when you need them, and that incredible spicy freshness of young coriander leaves - like nature’s very own room freshener.If it is good enough for super-chef Jamie Oliver then it is certainly something we can get on board with.

Imagine that amazing aroma from a selection of fresh herbs growing on your own kitchen window sill – sprigs of mint always at hand, basil leaves when you need them, and that incredible spicy freshness of young coriander leaves - like nature’s very own room freshener.

If it is good enough for super-chef Jamie Oliver then it is certainly something we can get on board with.

For inspiration check out the Living Larder Herb Garden – not only does it look the part on any kitchen window sill, it is perfect for growing herbs on your balcony or patio too. Being at worktop height means that there’s no bending so effort in looking after your herb garden is minimal and garden pests can’t help themselves to your goodies either.

Or there’s these lovely kitchen herb pots from www.notonthehighstreet.com - which would look laid back and lovely on any kitchen surface.

The thing is you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve both the aroma and the look. You can literally use almost anything to house your herb garden – old coffee and tea container, vintage produce tins – pretty much anything that is lying around unused and looks interesting or quirky will provide a great herb home as well as giving your kitchen a quirky new focal point.

Visitors to the Miele booth at the recent Architectural Digest Home Design Show were treated to a glimpse into the ultimate green kitchen, complete with a centre island-style herb table and lush vertical gardens. Created by New Jersey-based EcoWalls, the green accoutrements not only added flair to the booth, they also demonstrated how planted surfaces can be implemented into an everyday home. The vegetated walls and herb garden also acted as the perfect complement to Miele's newest line of energy-efficient refrigerators, ovens and wine coolers.

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