The 5 Best Herbs for Container Gardening

Inexpensive Herb GardenIs your container garden flourishing like it should, and you’d like to add a few herbs to the mix? There are plenty of options that do wonderfully in container gardens, so check a few out and enjoy using your own herbs in assorted recipes.


Ah, the popular Italian herb. Basil is a fantastic choice, as the annual is quite hardy following root system establishment. Such establishment takes about six weeks, with basil needing plenty of sun and moist, fertile soil during this time. It makes a wonderful companion to thyme and parsley, so why not group them together and create one big herb-tastic container?


The scent of rosemary is beloved for a reason; it smells heavenly! If you’d like to add this special herb to your container garden, be sure to grow it in its own pot. Unlike the aforementioned option, rosemary prefers to go solo. Use quick-draining soil to maintain growth, and place the herb in full sun.


This herb is yet another culinary favorite that flourishes within a container. It’s super hardy, so you won’t have to do much in terms of maintenance, though Thyme does enjoy well-draining soil and full sun. Prevent the soil from getting too wet; thyme doesn’t like it!


Sage will grow and grow and turn woody, which makes it a great choice for container gardening. It’s much easier to prevent the herb from taking over your kitchen when it’s in a container! The herb is also celebrated for adding structure to a container garden. Use moist, well-draining soil and place the container in full sun to keep sage healthy.


Mint is a container-friendly herb that, like sage, can become invasive if left to its own devices. It does well both in partial shade and full sun, and requires well-draining soil. In addition to its culinary uses, mosquitoes detest mint, so it’s a natural mosquito repellant.

Additional Options

Other favorite herbs for container gardening include:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Tarragon

Which herbs are your favorite for container gardening, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

About the Author:


Kent Page McGroarty is a freelance lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in AZ Central Healthy Living, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, SF Gate Home and Garden, LIVESTRONG,, I Do Take, and many other online publications. Twitter: @KentsStuff.


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