Here we will look at the best ideas for herb gardens and how you can grow these plants at home. In this list, we will also take a look at outdoor herb garden setups that gardeners can incorporate into their dream garden.
Having fresh herbs on hand is the best way to enhance your creative cooking and favorite recipes.
Rosemary, thyme, coriander – all of these herbs can be grown in your own herb garden.
So before you hit the nearest garden centers, let’s gather some inspiration from the best herb gardens on the web.
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Smart Herb Planters
Although it can be exciting and educational, growing herbs is no small feat. After all, each plant has its own ‘moods’ and preferences.
For beginners who might feel overwhelmed with all the requirements, a smart indoor herb garden can be the right choice.
Smart planters like Click & Grow and AeroGarden come with everything you need to grow a proper herb garden in any kitchen. They take care of light, watering, providing nutrients, and air your herb plants need to thrive regardless of what the weather is like outside.
Speaking of, in smart gardening systems, plants come in individual pods. You can get the herbs most frequently add to your meals or pick up one of their starter kits.
Herb Garden In Mason Jars
Ah, the rustic charm of growing fresh herbs in mason jars!
Giving old jars a new life is a cost-effective and environment-friendly way to start your herb garden. And having them all lined up on the window sill will look stunning. With this method, you can affordably set up herb gardens in every room of your home.
A DIY herb garden in uniform containers is also prime real estate for decorating ideas. You can paint each jar a different color and adorn them with ribbons, stickers, printed tags, or chalkboard markers.
Growing herbs in canning jars is a pretty easy project to fulfill, as long as you provide a proper light source and drainage. To ensure they don’t rot you can either drill a hole in the jar or fill it with gravel, pebbles, or pottery shards.
Vertical Herb Garden Ideas
A hanging herb garden is a great solution for a small space.
You can start gardening with herbs anywhere, as long as it has a free vertical surface.
In the picture above you can see a herb planter (or rather three of them) on a wood base installed directly onto a kitchen cabinet. This is a great solution for those who don’t have a window sill large enough for planters.
But herb garden ideas are not limited to just containers like these. When floor space is limited, you can set up a hanging herb garden by fixing hanging baskets directly to the ceiling using hooks.
Other ideas include hanging your herb garden on rods installed across the kitchen window. Herb plants do enjoy their sunlight!
Herb Garden on Balcony Shelves
If you are lucky enough to have a balcony, you can set up a full-blown outdoor herb garden there. And there are plenty of ideas for herb gardens out there to help you do it.
You can install several shelves on the balcony that will serve as the foundation for the herb garden. These can be wall shelves, standalone shelving units, or wall panels that can double as privacy screens.
Also, as previously mentioned, you can hang a few herb-filled baskets from the ceiling to cultivate herbs and vegetables outdoors.
If you are in a mood for DIY projects, you can create a small garden with herbs using pallets. This involves building garden beds in between pallet planks, which is one of the most space- and cost-effective ideas out there.
Plant Stands and Ladders
Keeping your herb garden containers on a dedicated stand has several benefits.
First, it creates a visual appeal in the room and turns your garden into a powerful accent peace. Second, this herb garden idea allows you to save space in a small room or cramped spaces, like a balcony.
Third, much like an herb garden spiral that we’ll discuss later, you can place herbs that like different conditions in the same space. For example, rosemary, sage, and oregano that love sun and heat can sit on top of the stand, while dill and parsley that prefer shade can be placed lower.
Soil-less Hydroponics & Water Propagation
Another version of growing a kitchen herb garden on your windowsills involves hydroponics and propagation.
Propagation means cultivating a variety of herbs submerged in water, no soil involved. You put an herb cutting in a glass or bottle filled with water and wait until they develop roots. You can then keep growing them in the water on your counter or transfer them into pots.
‘Soft’ types of herbs like basil, mint (perfect addition to a homemade iced tea), or stevia are best for this method.
Hydroponic herb growing involves planting them in a water tank filled with nutrients. This process is more complicated but it results in a more bountiful, year-round harvest. You can find useful tips on this DIY method in this tutorial.
Hanging Herb Garden Accent Wall
If you’re looking for an alternative to putting your herb garden on a shelf, this might be it. A hanging planter like this has pockets that you can fill with succulents, flowers, and, yes, herbs.
You can hang it on the patio, balcony, in the backyard, or have it serve as the foundation for your kitchen garden. It sits almost flush with the wall which eliminates the problem of space constraints in a small apartment.
And it would make for a stunning kitchen accent wall, something we’ve touched upon here.
Tiered Herb Garden
We’ve already mentioned a garden spiral before, a tiered system where herbs on the top row get the appropriate amount of sunshine, and ones on the bottom can enjoy the shade.
This, however, requires building a spiral on the ground in your backyard garden. If you’d rather have your herb garden contained on the deck, porch, or in the patio area, a plant tower will come in handy.
It is a tiered container that you can DIY yourself or buy a ready-to-use herb tower made of wood or plastic. The twist here is that you can choose between having a traditional soil-based tower or one that incorporates hydroponics in growing the herbs.
Rolling Cart Herbal Gardening
One of our favorite herb garden ideas is keeping your herb pots on a rolling cart. Placing them in one spot like that has several advantages. First, situated this way, your kitchen herbs won’t take up much space and, alternatively, will free up the windowsill.
Secondly, you can place sun-loving herbs on the top level while the ones that favor cover go underneath them. Third, having your favorite herbs sit on a metal frame with wheels means you can take them outside on the porch to catch some sunlight.
Repurposed Grow Bottles
Here is one of the more interesting herb garden ideas for those who care about leading a zero-waste lifestyle.
Grow bottles allow you to create an herb growing system by combining repurposed wine bottles and hydroponics. The bottles will take up little to no space on the windowsill forming a beautiful herb garden with a DIY twist to it.
Speaking of, you can indeed set out of a DIY project to make these herb grow bottles yourself. However, you can also get them as part of this herb garden kit that includes organic seeds and nutrient mix.
Window Suction Pots
If there is absolutely no room available in your home for a kitchen herb garden, there is still something to be done. You can use these containers that attach to windows using suction cups to cultivate a vertical herb garden. This way, your plants will get plenty of sun and growth without cluttering the kitchen.
If the weather suits, you can even attach this herb container on the outside of the window. Although if it tends to rain, it is better to keep the pot indoors.
Any home cook will appreciate the gift of being able to grow their favorite herbs to add to dishes despite the limitations of a cramped kitchen.
Magnetic Herb Planter Pots
Here is another herbs gardening idea for those concerned with spaciousness. You can plant herbs in these magnetic pots that can be attached to your fridge. Of course, to be able to grow fresh herbs this way, the pots will have to be positioned facing the window.
It is an interesting alternative to growing an herb garden on a wall or on a shelf. Having basil and thyme on display like that is certainly an interesting look and is much better than having the herbs stuffed into a corner.
Needless to say, these planters are the stars of our earlier post on gardening ideas for small spaces.
Companion planting herb plants
We have been mostly focusing on indoor herb garden ideas. But if you already have a garden in place, there is no need to carve out new room for herbs.
Benefits of companion planting
- Such herbs as sage or catmint’s fragrance can repel pests while parsley, cilantro, and dill, on the other hand, can attract beneficial insects. Thyme, as a natural herb repellent to worms, can protect your strawberries and cauliflower.
- If you are growing vegetables, some blooming herbs (basil or mint) can help attract pollinators to less flashy vegetable blooms.
- There is another way in which vegetable gardens can benefit from herb neighbors – taste. For example, planting basil close to tomatoes can enhance their flavor and make your dishes pop.
Lazy Susan Herb Garden
The best of the best herb garden ideas for a home cook is to keep their herbs close. Placing all your herb pots onto a Lazy Susan is a great way to quickly have a fresh batch of herbs in your hand.
Nowadays you can get Lazy Susans of all shapes and sizes, or you can repurpose an old one in a true DIY style. You can even use it as a centerpiece on your dining table. The smell from the herb garden planters will enhance your dinner experience tenfold.
Hanging Herb Garden Curtain
Here’s an idea. Instead of mounting a rod across your kitchen window to hang the herbs and flower, why not just use the rod you already have for your herb garden?
Use your DIY skills to create a container herb garden that hangs from the curtain rod in your kitchen. You can use dedicated hanging containers or mount ordinary baskets using a rope or a ribbon.
Three or four pots of herbs and flowers will provide you with coverage for privacy. You can use uniform pots for a more minimalist look or go with a more eclectic style of decor for your hanging herb garden.
Teacup Herb Garden
Prepare for one of the cutest DIY herb garden ideas in existence.
If you have a spare collection of old teacups or deep dishes, you can use them as a foundation for an herb garden. You can assemble teacups of different colors and even quality, where chipped edges will add more beauty to the arrangement on a shelf.
This method will be best for a young herb that has been propagated after pruning it off a more mature plant. Once the plants grow larger you can transfer them into a more suitable container herb garden.
Raised Herb Garden
There are many benefits to companion growing herb gardens outdoors.
But if you’d rather set your outdoor herb garden apart from the rest of the plants, you can create a raised bed for them in the corner of your lot. You can simply use old planks of wood to set up the frame and fill it with soil. Plant your herbs with some breathing space and remember to mark them with decorative posts.
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