You don’t need an estate to grow a gorgeous and useful herb garden. Most herbs are perfect container garden plants and will thrive on your deck, balcony, or front steps, provided you offer them the right growing conditions. Here are 8 useful herbs you can grow in containers, in alphabetical order.
Basil will help calm or soothe, and it is naturally anti-bacterial. Basil is easy to grow in containers, and while it prefers warm climates, it can be grown indoors anywhere. If you want, you can grow mixed varieties of basil with no flavor issues. Basil is easy to preserve dried and can be used in tea for its antibacterial properties, or generally in cooking.
This herb is well known for its soothing and calming properties. Chamomile is a flower, and can successfully masquerade as a potted decoration until needed for tea. The flowers dry easily, and the plants themselves are vigorous and will flower for a few weeks if the flowers are picked as they open.
Chives are easy to grow perennial which can do well in pots. They add flavor to food and have a similar antibacterial property to garlic. Use in cooking, or salads, to help prevent foodborne bacteria attacks, and as an immune system booster. Chives can also be dried for later use.
This famous herb can be grown successfully in temperate conditions as well. Ginger can be started from a small organic root that is sprouted and rooted in water. The root does need to be slightly exposed on the surface of the soil when growing. It will make a large and decorative house plant. Ginger has immune boosting properties, as well as anti-nausea properties.
Due to the large root size of horseradish, you may end up needing a fairly large container. Horseradish is awesome for kicking bacterial and microbial butts. Horseradish can be started from a slip of root, and the roots will store in the refrigerator or another cool location for several weeks to a few months. It is best to grow horseradish in a container, otherwise it can be very difficult to get rid of it.
Lavender is another soothing herb that is awesome for repelling moths, or calming people down. It is easy to grow in containers, though it may need to be transplanted each year since it is a perennial. There are many varieties of lavender, and all are easy to preserve by drying. Lavender can also be used in cooking, and has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Mint is a good container choice, particularly if you want to grow multiple varieties, as you can keep them separate so the flavors do not blend. Mint has a calming and soothing effect on most people, and has the added benefits of being able to disguise bitter herbs in teas, freshen breath, and soothe throats when made into a tea with honey and lemon.
Oregano is another herb that masquerades under culinary status while disguising amazing antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. Oregano is good in a container as it has a spreading habit similar to mint, and if left to its own devices will spread like crazy.