Fortunately for Malas, her Mediterranean garden vision and Laguna Beach's weather were a perfect match. The plants she wanted all thrive in Southern California's climate. Her herbal garden may not be as colorful as some of the English cottage gardens in the neighborhood, Malas says, but it makes up for that by providing aromatherapy. Take a deep breath on a warm afternoon and all your tensions disappear, she says. "It's very peaceful here, isn't it?"
Play up details. Pay attention to compact groupings of plants or objects. Such details can enrich a garden ― especially a small one.
Use pots as focal points. Fill containers with herbs, such as oregano, trailing rosemary, salvias, or thyme. Display them in prominent places.