Plants for Container Gardens – Herbs
Sage, a perennial plant, loves lots of sun in soil that drains well.
Rosemary craves attention, the sun and lime-rich soil.
Moist, rich soil and plenty of sun and trimmings or “haircuts” will result in healthy chives. Common chives are mostly evergreen in mild climates, but become dormant in harsh winter regions.
Dill or dillweed, a popular annual, loves fertile garden soil and lots of sun. Dill is night-length sensitive, so your dill and its flowers will grow steadily if you plant seeds in the early spring.
Many types of this thirsty, tender, tropical annual exist, but most varieties of basil grow quickly and easily in warm soil that should be fertilized lightly two or three times a season.
Saw Palmetto appreciates well-drained but moist soil and lots of sun. This tropical palm attracts bees which make honey from its flowers.
Common thyme, which adds great flavor to meat dishes and soups, doesn’t mind being neglected a little bit, since it thrives in light, warm and fairly dry soil.
Cilantro, a self-sowing annual, is wind-shy, but thrives in just about any type of garden soil.
Chamomile enhances the growth of any nearby plants. This herb also loves full or partial shade or sun and moist, well drained earth.
You can buy and plant garlic cloves from your local supermarket if you don’t want to acquire cloves from someone else’s nursery. Garlic likes fertile soil and full sun, though it can survive in some shade.
Mint prefers moist soil and shade and a little sun.
Oregano, which enhances the flavor of your beans in your garden, also repels insects that bother your broccoli.
The herb lemon balm likes just about anything: full sun or lots of shade and this plant can be grown from seeds, cuttings or divisions.
Calendula craves rich well drained soil and partial shade, since it prefers cool temperatures. This annual steadily grows to about to about two feet.
Several varieties of this semi-hardy perennial exist, but all dislike frost. Lavender, which makes a nice edging or hedge, prefers plenty of sun and loose, fast-draining soil.
Catnip prefers sun or partial shade, but if you grow your catnip in full sun, the plants will be sturdier and shorter.
Anise needs consistent watering, though you mustn’t overwater it. Plant in full sun and make sure the soil drains well.
The annual herb Nasturtium prefers sun and regular waterings, but does not need a highly fertile soil.
This shrubby perennial enhances the growth of surrounding vegetables and prefers sandy loam and full or partial shade.
Fennel (Sweet Florence)
Sweet Florence fennel, which resembles dill, does not grow as tall as common fennel, but this variety likes plenty of sunlight and well-drained, fertilized soil.
Summer savory craves rich, loamy soil and lots of sun.
Sweet Marjoram can be propagated easily from seed or cuttings indoors or outdoors.
Over 200 varieties of geraniums exist. Most scented varieties prefer well drained soil and at least 6-7 hours of sun a day, but cannot withstand excessive heat.
Parsnip prefers fertile soil that does not bake, though this plant sometimes is difficult to grow.
Sesame craves well-drained and fertile soil, but don’t add too much nitrogen.
The tropical plant ginger is highly adaptable.