Herb Combinations for Container Gardenscomments (0) July 13th, 2012
Container combinations aren't limited to just colorful flowers. You can create attractive patio containers that are as useful as they are beautiful when filled with culinary herbs.
This is the time of year when garden centers discount their remaining annuals and herbs, so you can create a container at a fraction of the original cost.
Start with a tall "thriller" plant, like upright rosemary. It's a thriller in more ways than one with its tall form and narrow, aromatic leaves. Flat-leaf parsley, tarragon, French lavender, chives, and other herbs that have an upright habit will look good planted in either the center or toward the back of the container.
Fillers are planted next. These are the herbs that will complement the taller plants. Parsley with curly or ruffled leaves makes an especially eye-catching filler. Sage, sweet basil, and chervil are also flavorful fillers.
Add the spillers last. These are the plants that will cascade over the edge of the planter or basket. Thyme and oregano are two good spillers because of their creeping habit.
You could also choose to plant a container that features one kind of culinary collection, like different colors and flavors of basil or mint. Another idea is to fill the container with plants that all have lemon in their name like lemon verbena, lemon thyme, and lemon balm.
Of course, there are many other herbs you can choose to plant depending on your culinary tastes and what's on the half-price shelf at the garden center.
Do you have a favorite culinary herb combination? If so, please share it here!
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