This is Guenivere, the Little Frugal Gardener stopping by to share with you a new hobby of mine – bonsai herbs. The art of growing miniature tree -like plants in small pots is known as bonsai, an ancient art originated from China centuries ago. Today, this art has gained popularity worldwide. Having a highly inquisitive and creative mind, I set out the task of attempting to grow my own bonsai. Now mind you, bonsai is a form of art that requires great dedication and patience. I, on the other hand, like things to go a little bit faster, so I decided to try my hands on herbs.
Benefits of growing bonsai herbs:
- Herbs are hardy and easy to grow indoors or outdoors. They’re very forgiving when it comes to growing conditions.
- They grow fast, so if you make a mistake in your sculpting endeavor worry not, because you’ll have new branches and leaves within weeks to start a new.
- When you prune your herb bonsai, you can use the leaves for cooking.
- Finally, they’re just so fun to work with because they smell great !
My number one rule is make sure it’s a perennial herb. You want to choose a plant that would be able to out live you, and can be past down to your next generation.
Below is my personal list of excellent choices for herb bonsai:
- Lemon Verbana
- Sweet Bay Laurel
- French Tarragon
Below is my very own Lemon Verbana that I’ve created using a traditional “wind swept” style.