Create a Stunning Herb Container Garden

Make it easy to snip a handful of fresh herbs while you're cooking — keep this fragrant herb garden on the deck or patio.
Herb Container Garden

Herb Container Garden

Make it easy to snip a handful of fresh herbs while you're cooking — keep this fragrant herb garden on the deck or patio.

From: Erinn Valencich

By: Erinn Valencich

Materials Needed:

  • container for planting
  • potting soil
  • herbs
  • trowel
  • watering vessel or hose
  • garden labels (optional)

Know Your Herbs

Before you begin, learn the growing requirements for the herbs you've selected. We've chosen plants that can be placed relatively close together for this small herb garden. Species that will grow tall can be placed in the back of the container. Also, decide where you'll place the container — most herbs grow well in full sun to partial shade.

Materials for Herb Container Garden

Materials for Herb Container Garden

Before you begin, learn the growing requirements for the herbs you've selected. We've chosen plants that can be placed relatively close together for this small herb garden. Species that will grow tall can be placed in the back of the container. Also, decide where you'll place the container — most herbs grow well in full sun to partial shade.

From: Erinn Valencich

Select a Container and Provide Drainage

Based on the number of herbs you want to include in the container and the spacing required, determine the size of the garden's container. The container needs to have drainage so water won't collect in the base. This project uses an artificial conch shell and drilled drainage holes in the bottom.

Arrange Potted Herbs in Container

Arrange Potted Herbs in Container

Based on the number of herbs you want to include in the container and the spacing required, determine the size of the garden's container. The container needs to have drainage so water won't collect in the base. This project uses an artificial conch shell and drilled drainage holes in the bottom.

From: Erinn Valencich

Add Potting Soil

Fill container halfway with potting soil.

Arrange and Plant

Arrange the plants in a pleasing composition according to their spacing requirements — take into consideration their mature size. Place taller plants in the back and shorter varieties in the front.

Plant Herbs in Container

Plant Herbs in Container

Arrange the plants in a pleasing composition according to their spacing requirements — take into consideration their mature size. Place taller plants in the back and shorter varieties in the front.

From: Erinn Valencich

Top Off the Container

After all the herbs are in place, fill the rest of the container with potting soil to about an inch below the rim.

Top Off Herb Container Garden With Soil

Top Off Herb Container Garden With Soil

After all the herbs are in place, fill the rest of the container with potting soil to about an inch below the rim.

From: Erinn Valencich

Pack Soil

Pack down the potting soil with the back of the trowel or your fingers.

Press Soil Firmly With Shovel

Press Soil Firmly With Shovel

Pack down the potting soil with the back of the trowel or your fingers.

From: Erinn Valencich

Water

Water the newly planted herbs liberally.

Water Newly Planted Herbs

Water Newly Planted Herbs

Water the newly planted herbs liberally.

From: Erinn Valencich

Label (Optional)

Add labels to your herb garden so you and others can keep track of what's growing. Place the container near the kitchen door or on a back porch so you can easily get to your new herb garden while cooking.

Label Herbs in Container

Label Herbs in Container

Add labels to your herb garden so you and others can keep track of what's growing. Place the container near the kitchen door or on a back porch so you can easily get to your new herb garden while cooking.

From: Erinn Valencich

Keep Reading

Next Up

Create a Mobile Container Garden

Add portable green space to your patio using galvanized metal trash cans and casters.

Create Glass Lanterns for the Backyard

Add pizzazz to a summer patio with hanging lanterns. Suspended from shepherd's hooks, these easy, inexpensive candleholders will add sparkle to the garden by day and illuminate a pathway by night.

How to Make a Trellis Planter

Take your plants vertical with a trellis planter. Use this planter as a focal point or as a privacy screen.

Spice Up Concrete Floors With Painted Stripes

Use garage floor paint to give tired concrete floors a bold, fresh, tri-colored update.

Easy DIY Hanging Daybed

Easy to build and inexpensive, this daybed will provide the perfect spot to read or nap in your backyard retreat.

How to Create a Wine Barrel and Bottle Fountain

Create a one-of-a-kind focal point for your backyard or patio using a wine barrel or cask and an empty bottle of your favorite vintage.

Indoor/Outdoor Serving Buffet

Give any dresser new life as a mobile, indoor/outdoor serving buffet.

Painted Canvas Area Rug

Transform a basic drop cloth into a one-of-a-kind outdoor area rug with these simple steps.

Decorate a Fence With Birdhouses

Paint a collection of decorative birdhouses to bring charm to a fence.

Stenciled Adirondack Chair

Spruce up your porch or patio by personalizing an ordinary Adirondack chair with letters or numbers.
More from:

Fast Fix: Outdoors

1,000+ Photos

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

On TV

Tiny House Hunters

6:30am | 5:30c

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

Fixer Upper

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
On Tonight
On Tonight

Fixer Upper

8pm | 7c

Good Bones

9pm | 8c

House Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

Good Bones

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

House Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Fixer Upper

3am | 2c

Follow Us Everywhere

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