For many years herbs have been grown and used for culinary, medicinal, aromatic and cosmetic purposes. Growing herbs is more than a hobby for many people--it's a passion to produce natural, flavorful and aromatic herbs for food and healthy lifestyles. Herb garden planters can function as an accent in an herb garden or as the "garden" itself when yard space is at a minimum. And if positioned within easy reach, growers can pick fresh herbs on demand.
Styles and Arrangements
Garden planters can be virtually any container with drainage that can hold soil and water. For outdoor plantings, use pots or containers that can withstand the outdoor environment, especially if the planters will remain outdoors year-round. Use single pots and arrange them in decorative groupings, stack them or use stackable garden planter kits to create height and visual interest for your herb container garden. Pots suited for both the indoors and outdoors include terra cotta pots, thick plastic planters, metal pots and thick, weather-resistant wood planters.
The soil requirements for different herbs may vary, but they generally prefer neutral to mildly alkaline soils, according to Mountain Valley Growers. Garden planters for herbs are best filled with a potting soil mix that promotes good drainage and is formulated for herbs. Mixes with compost and natural amendments will promote healthy root and plant growth. Herbs with the same moisture requirements can be grouped together, since it is important to maintain the recommended soil moisture for each type of herb.
Locate the herb garden planters where they will get a minimum of six hours of sunlight, according to Alabama Cooperative Extension System. When this is not possible, use plant lights. Herbs that get adequate sunlight and soil nutrients will have vigorous growth and produce flavorful leaves and stems.
Growing herbs in planters offers the convenience of having the herbs within easy reach of the kitchen. Garden planters are easy to relocate, so if the layout of a garden, patio or terrace is changed, these potted herbs can be moved with the flow. Another convenience of herb garden planters is that the herbs can remain alive until they are needed, without refrigeration or drying. So fresh herbs are at the disposal of the gardener whenever she needs them. Self-contained, these garden planters can produce herbs year after year. Perennials will continue to grow, and annuals can self-seed or be planted each year. Potted herbs also lessen the worry of weed invasion especially since the growing space is minimum--just enough for the herbs. Any invading weeds can be easily plucked out by hand.
Selecting herbs to grow in a garden planter is rather simple to do. Many herbs have shallow roots and can do well in a pot. Some herbs, such as mint, are prevented from spreading throughout the yard when they are contained in pots. Some common herbs to grow in planters for both aesthetic appearance and regular use include oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, basil, chives, parsley and tarragon. Simply harvest leaves and sprigs as needed.