Herbs are some of the most versatile plants you can grow. Select herbs that you will use regularly to get the most enjoyment of your container garden. Create "recipe" collections to insure you have all the organic ingredients you need to make sauces, remedies or teas throughout the season. Use containers in a variety of sizes or large, low containers to house your herbs decoratively on any porch, patio or countertop.
A large-diameter container will be the perfect home for a collection of herbs used in Italian cooking. Herbs like basil, oregano, parsley, sage and rosemary will make an aromatic grouping that offers variety in flavors and aesthetics. Some of the herbs in this Italian collection do flower, and they should all be harvested throughout the season and dried to use later for sauces and other traditional Italian dishes.
Many herbs have medicinal qualities that make them perfect partners for a large container or grouping of pots to keep on a porch, patio or kitchen windowsill. Sow seeds for catnip to use as an astringent and to heal skin irritations. Plant some wild yams to grow in the center of a container and allow to climb on a small container trellis. Cooked wild yams are said to help relieve menstrual related aches and pains and to alleviate pain from arthritis. Wild yam contains tannins that commonly cause migraines, so consult your doctor before ingesting wild yams for medicinal purposes.
Herbs are often best recognized as ingredients for tea brews. Easy to grow with aromatic leaves, herbs like mint, lemon balm, chamomile, sage and Arabian jasmine pot up well and can be harvested continually throughout the season, or when flowers appear, depending on your tea recipe. Herbs like mint reseed themselves and will sprout anew in spring or can be kept growing indoors over the winter.
Pot up a collection of herbs that work well together when harvested, dried and used as a marinade or rub on nearly any grill-meat. Select a colorful ceramic container to plant sage, oregano, marjoram, basil, thyme, rosemary and tarragon plants and supply with a harvest-recipe to blend together to season meats deliciously. An all purpose meat rub will use two parts sage, two parts marjoram, one part oregano, one part thyme, one part basil, one part rosemary, a pinch of tarragon and three crushed bay leaves.