Grow beautiful, fragrant herbs anywhere with this easy-care planting. Simply place it in the garden or plant in a window box for easy access to fresh herbs.

By Jenny Krane
Updated July 24, 2019

Keep fresh herbs within arm's reach. Combine a quartet of easy-growing herbs in a simple 12x12-inch container. The combination of fragrances and foliage textures makes this box look and smell amazing. Place it outside or hang it from a fence or railing.

Andreas Trauttmansdorff
| Credit: Andreas Trauttmansdorff

A: English thyme (Thymus vulgaris) — 1

B: Tricolor sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’) — 1

C: Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) — 1

D: Summer savory (Satureja hortensis) — 1

Peter Krumhardt
| Credit: Peter Krumhardt

A: English Thyme

Thymus vulgaris is the classic culinary thyme and often used to season poultry. Small pink blooms appear at the top of the stems in the summer. The dark leaves give this arrangement a dash of rich color.

Greg Scheidemann
| Credit: Greg Scheidemann

B: Tricolor Sage

Even when not used as a flavoring agent, sage makes an attractive perennial companion plant in the garden or a container garden. Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’ has soft foliage splashed with green, cream, and purple. In sunniest locations, the cream deepens to pink.

Scott Little
| Credit: Scott Little

C: Cilantro

With bright green, fern-textured stems, cilantro holds its own in beds or pots, forming a clump of sturdy, flavorful stems. Every part of cilantro promises a taste treat: spicy leaves, pungent seeds (known as coriander), and tangy roots. The large lime green leaves add big contrast in this box.

Jason Donnelly
| Credit: Jason Donnelly

D: Summer Savory

Savory does well in full sun and grows quickly from seed. Satureja hortensis is an annual that has narrow green leaves and spikes of white or pink flowers in summer. Summer savory foliage is fine-textured, pairing nicely with the broader leaves of cilantro and sage in this container design.


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