13 Herbs to Fill Your Container Gardens With Fresh Flavors and Scents
A beautiful, useful herb garden doesn't need to be huge; you don't even need to use space in your yard at all! Most herbs make excellent container garden plants and will thrive on your deck, patio, balcony, front steps, or window box. To help you narrow down the ones you want to grow, think about which herbs you most enjoy using in your favorite recipes, tea and other drinks, or even DIY projects. You can try experimenting with several different varieties of one favorite herb, like basil. To give you a little inspiration, here are some of the most reliable and productive herbs for growing in container gardens.
Best Herbs for Container Gardens
Once you've selected the herbs you want to have on hand, just make sure to place them in a spot that gets at least eight hours of direct sun every day, and water when they need it. And it's best to avoid adding fertilizer; most herbs will give you the strongest fragrance and flavor when they're grown in lean soil.
Perennial herbs can survive in containers outdoors year-round if the pots are large enough (holding at least 5 gallons of soil), have good drainage, and are hardy in your Zone. Use plastic pots if you keep them outdoors year-round; ceramic or clay containers can crack from freeze-thaw cycles. Or lift your perennial herbs from pots and transplant them into the garden in late summer, giving the herb enough time to establish a new root system to survive winter. You can also treat container-grown perennial herbs as annuals, discarding them at the end of the season.