Create a Beautiful Container Garden with These 7 Compatible Herbs and Get a Free Printable Guide


If you enjoy the taste of fresh herbs and want to know how to grow them at home, this article is for you. Growing herbs in pots and containers is a great way to have a bountiful supply of flavorful herbs right outside your door, even if you don’t have a large garden. With the right care and knowing the best combinations, you can create a beautiful and natural herb garden on your balcony or patio.

One important thing to keep in mind when growing herbs in pots is to choose the right varieties. Some herbs, like dill and anise, are annuals and prefer to be planted outside in the summer, while others like basil and parsley can be kept as indoor plants year-round. Examples of herbs that grow well together include dill, anise, coriander, sage, parsley, and thyme. These herbs have similar growing requirements and can be planted in the same pot or container.

When planting your herbs, make sure to use a free-draining potting mix. Herbs prefer well-drained soil, so adding some sand or vermiculite to your potting mix can help improve drainage. This will prevent the roots from sitting in water and rotting. It’s also a good idea to place the pot on a saucer or tray to catch any excess water.

Herbs like a sunny location, so place your pots in a spot that receives at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight each day. If you live in a city or don’t have access to a sunny spot, you can also use grow lights to provide the intense light that herbs need to thrive.

One of the best things about growing herbs together in pots is that they make great companions for other plants. For example, planting herbs like basil and parsley with tomatoes can help repel pests and enhance the flavor of the tomatoes. Herbs like thyme and sage can be planted with strawberries to provide a lower, more protective base for the plants. The possibilities are endless, and designing your own herb garden can be a fun and rewarding experience.

So why not try planting some herbs together in pots and containers? Not only will you have a fresh and flavorful supply of herbs at your fingertips, but you’ll also be enhancing the well-being of your garden and enjoying the beauty of the herb mound. With these tips and the free printable herb compatibility chart, you’ll be well on your way to creating your own herb garden masterpiece!

Plant These Herbs to Grow Together a Flavorful Container Garden

When it comes to growing herbs, the right combination can make all the difference. By planting herbs that grow well together in a pot or container, you can create a flavorful garden that not only looks beautiful but also provides a bountiful harvest of fresh herbs for your culinary creations.

One excellent combination to consider is thymus vulgaris, also known as common thyme, and chives. These two herbs have different growing habits and flavors that complement each other perfectly. Thymus vulgaris is a low-growing herb with small leaves, while chives have tall, slender green stems. Together, they create a visually appealing arrangement that will benefit each other’s growth.

When planting these herbs together, it’s important to consider the tips for their care. Thymus vulgaris prefers a sunny location with well-draining soil, while chives are more flexible and can tolerate partial shade. So, whether you have a sunny balcony or a partially shaded patio, you can still enjoy the benefits of these herbs.

If you’re not sure what other herbs to plant alongside thymus vulgaris and chives, consider adding some mint to the mix. Mint is a versatile herb that comes in many different varieties, like spearmint or peppermint. It grows well in a smaller container and needs partial sun to thrive. By keeping mint in its own pot, you prevent it from taking over the container and overwhelming the other herbs.

Another herb that can be a great companion for thymus vulgaris and chives is sage. Sage is a hardy herb that can survive the winter and is also tolerant of different light conditions. It can be planted on the side of the container and will add its distinct aroma and flavor to the mix.

For those who enjoy a touch of sweetness in their container garden, adding strawberry plants can be helpful. Strawberries are a perennial herb that will provide beautiful blooms and delicious fruits. They prefer a sunny location and can be planted in their own pot or alongside the other herbs.

It’s important to understand that not all herbs can be planted together. Some herbs have different growth habits, light requirements, or root systems that may not be compatible. By grouping herbs with similar needs together, you ensure that they will thrive and share their unique flavors in your garden.

In conclusion, thymus vulgaris and chives make a fantastic pair for a flavorful container garden. By adding herbs like mint, sage, and strawberry plants, you can create a beautiful and productive herb garden that will enhance your culinary creations and promote your overall well-being.

What Is an Herb

An herb is a type of plant that is prized for its culinary, medicinal, or aromatic qualities. These plants are often small in size and can be grown in pots or containers. Some popular herbs include spearmint, lemon balm, dill, coriander, and thyme.

Herbs are typically grown in pots or containers as they can easily be managed and kept in one location. This makes it convenient for gardeners to keep track of their herb collection. Additionally, growing herbs in pots allows them to be moved around to different locations to take advantage of specific growing conditions, such as sun or shade.

When selecting herbs to grow together, it’s important to consider their specific growing requirements. Some herbs, like lemon balm and spearmint, thrive in moist soil and partial shade, while others, like thyme and rosemary, prefer well-drained soil and full sun.

An herb garden planter or pot can be filled with a variety of herbs, allowing you to create a unique mix of flavors and scents. When arranging the herbs in the pot, taller and bushier plants like rosemary and coriander can be placed towards the back or center, while smaller, trailing plants like thyme and dill can be placed towards the edges or cascading down the side.

Many herbs, such as thyme and oregano, are perennials and can be grown year-round. Others, like dill and coriander, are biennial plants, meaning they complete their life cycle in two years. Regardless of their life cycle, most herbs will benefit from regular watering and well-drained soil.

Herbs not only add flavor to dishes but also offer a range of health benefits. For example, spearmint and lemon balm have calming and soothing effects, while thyme and oregano have antibacterial properties. By growing herbs in your garden, you can have a readily available supply of fresh, aromatic plants that can enhance both your culinary creations and overall well-being.

If you’re unsure of which herbs to grow together, a master chart can be a useful guide. This chart provides information on the best growing conditions, flavor profiles, and compatible companion plants for each herb. It can be a valuable resource for both novice and experienced gardeners looking to create a harmonious herb garden.

In conclusion, herbs are versatile and rewarding plants to grow. Whether you have a small garden, planter, or balcony, growing herbs in pots and containers can be a convenient and enjoyable way to cultivate your own aromatic and flavorful plants.

Types of Herbs to Grow and Their Uses

Growing herbs in pots and containers is a popular choice for many gardeners, especially during the winter when outdoor gardens may not be an option. There are several types of herbs that grow well together and can be planted in the same pot or container. Here are some herbs to consider:

  • Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) – Chives are easy to grow and have a mild onion-like taste. They can be used in a variety of dishes and are great for adding flavor to soups, salads, and omelets.
  • Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) – Parsley is a versatile herb that can be used both as a garnish and as a main ingredient in recipes. It has a fresh, slightly peppery flavor.
  • Mint (Mentha) – Mint is a popular herb with a refreshing taste. It can be used in drinks, desserts, and as a flavoring in savory dishes.
  • Dill (Anethum graveolens) – Dill is often used to flavor pickles, but it can also add a unique taste to other dishes such as salads and fish. It has a strong, distinct flavor.
  • Marjoram (Origanum majorana) – Marjoram has a sweet and slightly citrusy flavor. It is commonly used in Mediterranean and Italian cuisines.
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Lemon balm has a subtle lemon flavor and can be used to add a citrusy taste to salads, teas, and desserts.
  • Thyme (Thymus) – Thyme is a versatile herb with a strong, herbal flavor. It can be used in a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, and roasted meats.

When considering which herbs to grow together in pots, it’s important to choose varieties that have similar growing requirements. For example, mint and lemon balm both prefer partial to full sun, while parsley and chives can tolerate partial shade. Some herbs, like dill and marjoram, are biennial and may need to be replanted every two years.

Another helpful consideration when planning your herb garden is companion planting. Certain herbs, like parsley and chives, are known to be compatible with a wide range of other herbs and vegetables, making them great choices for container gardens.

Here’s a helpful chart to guide you in selecting compatible herbs to grow together:

  1. Chives: Compatible with parsley and thyme, among others.
  2. Parsley: Compatible with chives and mint, among others.
  3. Mint: Compatible with parsley and chives, among others.
  4. Dill: Compatible with parsley and thyme, among others.
  5. Marjoram: Compatible with thyme and lemon balm, among others.
  6. Lemon Balm: Compatible with marjoram and thyme, among others.
  7. Thyme: Compatible with chives and marjoram, among others.

By considering the compatibility and growing requirements of different herbs, you can create a flavorful and sustainable herb garden in pots and containers. Whether you grow them indoors or outdoors, these herbs will surely enhance your cooking and bring a fresh taste to your recipes.

Annual Herbs

Annual herbs are plants that complete their life cycle within one growing season. These herbs usually have a lower lifespan compared to perennials, but they are an excellent addition to any container or potting scheme. Annual herbs can be grown alongside other annuals or perennials, depending on your gardening needs.

One popular annual herb is Petroselinum crispum, also known as parsley. This herb thrives in free-draining soil, full sun, and needs regular watering. It is a flavorful herb that can be used in a wide range of dishes.

Another annual herb is Anethum graveolens, commonly known as dill. This herb prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade. Dill has a unique and aromatic flavor, making it a great addition to salads, sauces, and pickles.

If you’re writing a planter guide, consider including Allium schoenoprasum, or chives, an annual herb that adds beauty and flavor to your container. Chives prefer moister soil and can thrive in partial shade.

When growing annual herbs in containers, it’s important to understand their growth habits and companion planting. Some herbs, like melissa officinalis (lemon balm) and sanguisorba officinalis (burnet), are spreading and may overtake other herbs in your planter. It’s best to keep these herbs separate or plant them in edges or separate containers.

By considering the growing conditions and taste compatibility of different annual herbs, you can create beautiful and flavorful combinations within your container garden. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced gardener, annual herbs are a great addition to your indoor or outdoor herb garden.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.