Rather than cultivating herbs directly in the ground alongside flowers and vegetables (though some make great companions), growing herbs in separate containers is best for a variety of reasons.
A ceramic pot or elevated planter can be especially helpful for keeping wily herbs, like mint and thyme, from over-crowding your garden completely. Individual beds and troughs also allow you to be more selective about care, giving you the play to get specific about soils and watering routines.
This doesn't necessarily mean you have to completely cut off your herbs and flowers—just give them some personal space. Smart Pots Soft-Sided Container ($25) blends seamlessly into a garden while warding off herb-hungry pests and a raised Felt Planter With Handles ($13) can be easily moved all around your beds.
Your garden of fresh herbs will grow best when planted in the proper containers, below.
The best containers for growing herbs
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The 5-inch Liberty Bell planter is a perfect herb container for growing herbs like rosemary, thyme, and basil. Handmade from breathable clay, each planter is roomy enough for roots to grow while allowing for easy drainage. Available in a classic terra cotta or glazed (black or white).
Create a separate herb garden to live amongst your flowers and veggies. This floor-less planter can be built-in to larger garden beds for a seamless look while still keeping all of your herbs contained. Each panel is lightweight and durable, making them easy to move if you want to expand or change things up.
For growing a few of your favorite herbs individually, check out this 3-piece patterned planter set. Each pot is made of a sturdy ceramic that keep herbs secure and features an affixed saucer to collect any runoff. They're great for adding a little color to your deck or patio, all while providing a safe space for your herbs to flourish.
This raised planter features a large, deep container that's spacious enough to house everything from cilantro to catnip. It's also on wheels, so if you're expecting bad weather and need to get your plants in shelter, or if you simply want to switch things up, moving it around is easy.
If you're tight on space, this little herb garden is great for growing your favorite greens. The plastic planter is slender enough to fit on a windowsill or tabletop. Plus, it comes with scissors that tuck into a built-in side pocket. So once your oregano or mint is in full bloom, a snip is just seconds away.
Worried about watering? Check out this rattan-inspired plastic planter. Each container has a built-in water gauge that will indicate when your herbs get thirsty. They also leverage a sliding drainage system that can be open or closed to control watering and prevent root rot.
Got a green thumb? Splurge on this fantastic raised garden designed specifically for harvesting herbs. Each piece uses a pre-formed divided liner to keep roots growing in their own lanes. Store pots, watering cans, and gardening accessories on the handy bottom shelf.
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