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The Best Planter for Growing Herbs

By S.F. Heron ; Updated September 21, 2017

Growing herbs for use at home allows the gardener to cultivate plants year round. Herbs grow perfectly in pots as longs as adequate space in the pot allows for mature plant growth. The best planters for growing herbs include just about any container around your home that has drainage holes. Growing herbs in plants allows the gardener to control herb growth and place pots close to the home for ease of use.


Large wood planters allow the gardener to create a good-sized container garden for growing herbs. Redwood planter will withstand some weathering and offer plenty of depth for root growth. These reusable planters should have drainage holes punched into the bottom of the container. Tailor homemade wooden planters to the appropriate size to accommodate any size herb garden.


Plastic planters just might be the very best choice for growing herbs. Plastic pots come in a range of size, colors and shapes to accent the patio or deck. Place varied size together as a group to create a portable and convenient herb garden. Choose plastic pots with adequate drainage holes or pair a plastic pot with a drainage tray to keep potting soil in the planter.


Clay pots provide a decorative accent as well as a practical space for growing herbs. Clay pots present a rustic look to the landscape, allowing the gardener to plant herbs in traditional containers while still adding design elements to the outdoor living space. Clay pots tend to be heavier and larger than wood or plastic, so position these pots in their permanent locations before filling with soil and plants. Herbs planted in clay planters require careful monitoring since water will leach into the clay pot sides. Check the bottom of the pot for drainage holes and avoid placing the pot on a flat surface. Raise the clay pot with landscaping bricks to allow water to flow freely from the planter.

Sphagnum Moss

Baskets or metal frames work perfectly to grow herbs when gardeners add a growing medium to help the plants along. Sphagnum moss serves to line these planters to create hanging or stationary herb-growing containers. This type of moss comes in sheets or pre-formed bowls for placement inside a planter. Sphagnum helps retain moisture and keeps potting in place within the planter.

Foam Planters

One addition to the gardening scene creates the perfect container for planting herbs. Foam or pressed board pots allows the herb gardener a portable, cheap alternative to more expensive plastic, wood or clay pots. These lightweight planters can house herb gardens of varying sizes. Foam pots look like traditional terra cotta pots, but these sturdy planters last much longer than clay. Choose planters at least 12 inches in diameter to ensure plenty of room for mature root growth.