Vertical Herb Garden

Using the vertical space reduces the footprint, enabling a greater range to be grown with the added benefit of putting your most aromatic and flavorsome plants where they can be most readily appreciated.
Unique Shelving Creates Vertical Herb Garden

Unique Shelving Creates Vertical Herb Garden

Photo by: DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Simple Steps to Success: Herbs, 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Herbs

Even if you have a small garden, there is no reason for not growing a range of different herbs in a variety of containers. Seek out interesting terracotta containers as the shapes and colors can vary enormously. Not all will be frost resistant, but you can still use them to disguise the black plastic pots of your short-term or annual herbs.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 x Rosmarinus Prostratus Group
  • 1 x Salvia officinalis
  • 1 x Lavandula pinnata
  • 3 x Ocimum minimum
  • 1 x Cymbopogon flexuosus
  • 3 x Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens

Border Basics

Size: 6 x 6 feet
Suits: Any sunny location with a wall or fence as a background
Soil: Multi-purpose compost
Site: Full sun

Constructing the Supports

Outdoor timber shelving can be bought pre-drilled in kit form and is easy to assemble, or for the rustic-look, use second-hand bricks and weathered planks. Stability is important so check that the back wall is sound. Position two stacks of bricks 4–6 inches away from the wall and as wide as the strength and length of your planks will allow. Lay one plank on the stacks and add more bricks, an inch closer to the backdrop. As you add the layers, the whole theater will "lean" toward the wall with little risk of toppling over. For added stability, add shelf brackets.

Rosmarinus Prostratus Group (Image 1)
Plants that survive outside in mild regions or sheltered sites, well-drained soil, full sun, award-winning plant

Salvia officinalis (Image 2)
Plants that survive outside in mild regions or sheltered sites, well-drained soil, full sun

Lavandula pinnata (Image 3)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, well-drained soil, full sun

Ocimum minimum (Image 1)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, well-drained soil, full sun

Cymbopogon flexuosus (Image 2)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, well-drained soil, full sun

Ocimum basilicum var. purpurascens (Image 3)
Plants that need protection from frost over winter, well-drained soil, full sun

Next Up

Garden Design: Connect Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Let your indoor space inspire your landscape design plans.

Define Your Outdoor Space With a Garden Fence

Discover the materials and design that will work best for your garden boundary, whether it is a fence, wall or hedge.

Growing Herbs From Cuttings

Many plants do not produce viable seed or, if they do, it is so fiddly or slow to grow that it is easier and quicker to take cuttings from your favorite plant. Always keep your new cuttings moist and in a warm, sunny place.

Dividing Herbs

Plants are not cheap, and some nurseries are reluctant to divulge the easiest methods of quickly growing more from a single specimen. Wait until your new plants are well rooted and then plant them out in the garden.

Potager Herb Garden

Groups of symmetrically arranged raised beds provide an easy and attractive way to cultivate a wide range of herbs without having to set foot on the soil. Learn how to grow your own potager herb garden.

An Herb Garden for Birds and Bees

Herbs are naturally aromatic and many are highly favored by honeybees and other insects. Learn how you can have your own garden perfect for birds and bees.

Growing Herbs From Seed

Get tips on how to easily and inexpensively grow herbs from seed.

Edible Gardening in Small Spaces

Make the most of a small garden space by mixing flowers and vegetable plants in an ornamental edible garden.

Vertical Garden Design

Lift your garden to new heights by taking advantage of unused vertical space with vines, trellises and living walls.

Growing Herbs

Plants can be expensive and identical cultivars difficult to source, but increasing your own stock or growing new varieties is not difficult and is very rewarding in exchange for a small amount of financial outlay.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

On TV

Renovation Raiders

6:30am | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30am | 6:30c

House Hunters

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

9:30am | 8:30c

House Hunters

10am | 9c

House Hunters

10:30am | 9:30c

House Hunters

11am | 10c

House Hunters

11:30am | 10:30c

House Hunters

12pm | 11c

Fixer Upper

1pm | 12c

Fixer Upper

2pm | 1c

Fixer Upper

3pm | 2c

Fixer Upper

4pm | 3c

Fixer Upper

5pm | 4c

Fixer Upper

6pm | 5c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
Tonight
Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Fixer Upper

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

Fixer Upper

11pm | 10c

Fixer Upper

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Fixer Upper

2am | 1c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.