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Growing herbs in outdoor garden planters

You simply reach out and snip a sprig of fragrant basil or rosemary to add to your favorite recipe. Once you’ve successfully grown fresh herbs in beautiful terracotta planters and enjoyed their wonderful flavors and fragrance—you’ll find it difficult to go back to the dried alternative. Practical and attractive—it’s hard to beat the appeal of these sun-loving plants, even if you don’t use them in your cooking with them.

Herbs are typically sun-loving and prefer soil to be on the dry side, rather than continually moist. They also prefer slightly alkaline soil. A good mix is 2 parts garden loam or well-rotted compost, 1 part leaf-mold, 1 part rotted manure and 2 parts coarse sand. If you don’t have the manure, you can substitute lime.

herb gardening in plantersMost herbs have similar requirements for growing conditions and are happy to share a terracotta planter, but they also work very well inter-planting with flowers and shrubs.

Some perennial herbs, such as lavender, rosemary and sage, will grow to shrub size if carefully tended through the seasons. Rosemary shrubs in planters are often a wonderful substitute for a Christmas tree—without the hot lights!

Herbs also make excellent plants for garden planters as they will grow outside in the summer and many will come happily indoors in the winter.

Annual Herbs

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Chervil
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Summer Savory

Biennial Herbs

  • Caraway
  • Parsley

Perennial Herbs

  • Chives
  • Fennel
  • Oregano
  • Lemon Balm
  • Lavender
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Winter Savory

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