An herb garden is an ideal addition to any household, and is easily grown. Depending on its purpose, an herb garden consists of three to over a dozen herbs---including aromatics, medicinal or culinary. Whether a friend has just planted an herb garden or is a master gardener, choose from a variety of gifts, including new herbs, seeds, books and planters.
Herb Plants And Seeds
You can't go wrong with gourmet, unique or simple herb plants or seed packets. Provide an interesting addition to your friend's herb garden by giving an herb that has health or medicinal benefits, such as milk thistle, echinacea, St. John's wart, chamomile, cayenne pepper, holy basil, garlic, mint, ginger or coriander. Or choose common cooking herbs for the person who loves to exercise their culinary skills. Indoor herb garden kits are for specific herb varieties; for example, an Italian herb garden has three to four Italian herbs such as parsley, basil, chives or oregano. You can find certified organic seed collections such as sunflowers, basil, gourmet greens or annual herbs from websites and local nurseries.
As a gardener, you never learn enough about different varieties of herbs, benefits or dangers, how to care for them and how to make them grow stronger and more healthy. Thousands of indoor herb gardening books exist that make ideal gifts. "The Apartment Farmer: The Indoor Herb Garden" would be perfect for a friend moving into a new home or who loves to garden but only has small spaces. "101 Kid Friendly Plants" is great for the family gardener. "The Healing Kitchen: An Indoor Herb Garden Pharmacy For Cooks" works for the gardener who wants health benefits from their indoor herb garden.
Pots and Planters
Everyone needs something to put their herbs in, whether it's an individual pot or a planter. You can find these in several different materials, such as ceramic, plastic, glass and stone. Choose one that personalizes the recipient, whether it's a favorite color, design or feature. For example, the self-watering Chelsea pots are low maintenance, decorative and simple to use. You can also look for larger planters that accommodate several herbs, such as the terra-cotta stackers. These planters are tall and oval, with several openings down the sides and the top for herbs to grow through. Depending on the size, up to 10 herbs can be planted in this one container.