Since then, the bed has become nicely established. It is surrounded by yarrow, which is threatening to take the whole thing over, but I do love my yarrow, so I'm not pulling it out (yet). This year, for the first time ever (cue drum roll please!) two of my perennial herbs survived the winter. I'm not sure what I did differently. My Auntie Mary warned me about planting peppermint because she said it would be invasive, but I've had to replant all mints annually. This year, though, my spearrmint and my oregano (!) both survived the winter. The chives are also doing well in their converted canner planter. I stuck a few more herbs in there (trailing rosemary, chocolate mint, and another oregano plant, which I bought before I realized last year's survived). I always put some flowers in for colour too.
The view from my deck:
Quadrant 2: snapdragons in the upper left; yarrow on the bottom left, chives on the right.
Quadrant 3 is mostly flowers, with daisies (which also survived the winter) in the basket on the left, yarrow in the bottom centre, and my new oregano plant on the right. Snapdragons here and there for colour.