Art in the Garden: Alphabet Stones

Published July 15, 2012

I love preparing an herb garden for the summer. Whether it’s outside or in small pots on the kitchen windowsill, the convenience and aromas of the herbs are wonderful. It can be difficult at times to differentiate between all the herbs in a hurry so here is a quick idea to help you pick your herb in a pinch.


  • Small, flat stones
  • Miniature alphabet beads (available at Michaels Crafts)
  • Glue and Glue Gun
  • Herbs

Next time you are on a stroll through the park or beach, pick up some small, flat stones that are smooth in texture. Bring them home and give them a rinse and let dry. Once dry, use a glue gun to label each rock with an herb name. Simply place the glue on the flat, smooth side and carefully add the small beads. Once completed, place the stones in your herb garden beside your corresponding plant. Be sure to cut back any large herbs in order to view the rocks from a distance. Another option is to use small planter pots and place the small stones inside the top edge of the pot. This is great for kitchen windowsills. If you prefer a more modern look you may want to try this idea instead.


  • 12-15-gauge wire
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Silver alphabet beads (available at Michaels Crafts)

Purchase 15 to 20-gauge wire from your local hardware store. Cut the wire into 12″ strips. With some needle nose pliers, carefully twist one end of the wire into swirls and other shape that will hold the alphabet beads. String the beads on to the wire and place the straight end of the wire into the ground where your herb garden lays. Either way, your herb garden will look organized and pretty throughout the summer months.