What could be be better than adding the visual excitement of containers full of beauty and having some fresh herbs to use for tonight’s dinner? Well quite a lot of things are better, but my point is beauty and taste – it’s a good thing!
Being the gardener that you are, you probably have plenty of containers to plant in, but if you don’t, or you are looking to make a statement; try finding something unique - maybe even something re-cycled to plant in.
Try tubs, trays, barrels, old watering cans, wooden boxes and more. I’ve even seen cardboard boxes, wagons (seen above), sinks and even a row boat (as seen below)! Just be careful to make sure you have proper drainage. Solid containers will not let the water out, and hence will drown or rot the roots of your plants quicker that you can say “Allium schoenoprasum”.
Speaking of allium schoenoprasum, (better known as) ‘chives’ make a nice center piece for your pot because of the hight that they will attain. They also offer a petite purpleish bloom in the late spring, and give a mild onion flavor on your salad. You may already have some growing in your Earthen Garden that are large enough to divide. Simply dig part of the clump including root ball of course, and re-pot. Badda-bing-badda-boom!
Annual herbs that work well in container gardens are:
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Dill (Anethum graveolens)
Sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) is sown in the late spring and is known as a half-hardy annual. Chervil (Anethum cerefolium) is a biennial that is considered as hardy as an annual, and can be sown from late winter to mid-autumn.
Perennials that are ideal for container herb gardening are:
Evergreen Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Mint (Mentha spicata)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Marjoram (Origanum vulgare)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
You may consider keeping the Mint in a pot by itself because it tends to be invasive. Two more tall shrubs that should be kept in their own containers are laurel and sweet bay (Laurus nobilis). Herbs are not crazy about a hard freezing, so keep in a cool garage or greenhouse over the winter in colder zones.