Modern Garden Part 2: Container Herbs

The second installment of our Modern Garden series is perfect for your balcony or rooftop garden. This week we planted a container herb garden – a wonderful way to cultivate fresh herbs in a small space.


We chose popular, easy-to-find herbal plants that can adapt well to containers and indoor spaces. A few points to remember when planting your own ceramic herb garden:

  1. Drainage is vital. Your containers must have holes in the bottom to facilitate adequate drainage. Modernica’s ceramic planters are not sold standard with drainage holes, but the holes can be drilled upon request at purchase, or if you prefer to DIY, you can drill them yourself with a ceramic drill bit.
  2. Elevation is ideal. As you can see in the photo above, we chose planters with elevated stands to further ensure proper drainage and air flow.
  3. Sun is essential. Herb gardens are best suited for balcony and roof gardens since they need lots of sunlight to thrive.

If you like the look of our container herb garden, you can create your own with our wide selection of Case Study Ceramics, and a few of the plants below:

Chocolate Mint


Chocolate mint leaves have a delightful minty chocolate flavor, similar to the classic Girl Scout cookie. They are attractive, fragrant, and easy to grow, but you’ll want to keep them trimmed back if they are planted alongside other herbs. Mint is notorious for spreading rapidly and overcoming the plants around it.

Greek Oregano


Greek oregano has a delicious pungent flavor, claimed to be better and sharper than traditional oregano. It is a perennial warm-season herb, hardy to frost and light freezes.

Lemon Balm


While lemon balm’s clean, lemony flavor can be used in drinks and desserts much like its mint cousins, it is widely known for its calming, relaxing effects. The hardy little plant is not picky about soil, but wants lots of sun and water.

Garden Sage


Sage is a wonderfully-versatile herb that can add flavor to vegetables, meats, soups, or stuffings. The plant wants sandy or loamy soils in full sun, but can tough through many different weather conditions.



Every kitty’s favorite herb is easy to grow and will tolerate most soil conditions. You’ll want to keep it trimmed back, since catnip loves to take over any space you put it in. The real trick is how to keep your felines from nibbling it to death.

Onion Chives


Chives come with a double benefit of both flavor and beauty. The tasty plant acts as a great seasoning, and occasionally sprouts beautiful purple flowers that are also edible. This is one of the few herbs that can sustain colder temperatures from time to time.

Sweet Basil

Lemon Balm

Basil serves as a delicious addition to vegetable and pasta dishes, and serves several purposes in natural medicine. It is easy to grow, but is sensitive to cold temperatures so bring it inside when the weather drops below 70º F.



This herb will add distinction to your meat and seafood dishes, and is also quite easy to grow. Terragon is hardy and can withstand a range of temperatures. This particular plant prefers a little less sun than its herbal neighbors, and enjoys dappled shade throughout the day.

Women in Design, Part 2: The Bauhaus Women

We’re continuing our celebration of women in design with a look into some of the amazing women of the Bauhaus.

Marianne Brandt


Photo courtesy of Mondo Blog.

Marianne Brandt was a woman of many talents. The self-proclaimed painter, sculptor, photographer, and designer joined the Weimar Bauhaus in 1923. By 1928, she was head of the metal workshop and a master of industrial design. A few of her designs, like the desk lamp below, have become staples of our daily lives.


Kandem table lamp, 1928. Photo courtesy of Design is Fine.

Linha-de-Marianne-Brandt-da-Bauhaus- Coffee and tea set, 1924. Photo courtesy of Design is Fine.


Photo collage, “Our Irritating City,” 1925. Photo courtesy of Design is Fine.

Marguerite Friedlaender-Wildenhain


Photo courtesy of the Archives of American Art.

As one of the first students to enroll at the Bauhaus in 1919, Marguerite Friedlaender-Wildenhain had the honor of working right alongside the likes of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky. After gaining the designation of Master Potter, she worked in Germany, the Netherlands, and eventually helped to found the California artist colony known as Pond Farm.


Photo courtesy of Luther College.


Various pottery, 1930s. Photo courtesy of Askart.

Anni Albers


Anni Albers in Berlin, 1926. Photo courtesy of Julia Ritson.

The famous wife of Josef Albers had high expectations when she joined the Bauhaus school, but soon discovered that women were not allowed to take many of the courses that men were accepted into. And so she came upon weaving as a second choice after being denied access to her husband’s glass workshop. This turned out to be a happy accident however, since Anni Albers became one of the most prominent textile artists of the 20th century.


Untitled rug, 1926. Photo courtesy of Twenty Twenty One.


“Open Letter”, 1958, cotton. Photo courtesy of Alexis Tellefsin.


Five Choirs, 1928. Photo courtesy of We Heart.

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher


Photo courtesy of the Bauhaus.

Alma Siedhoff-Buscher is one of the lesser-known designers of the Bauhaus school, but no less innovative. Her talents lay in the making of toys, games, and furniture for children. The toys and organization systems she designed for children gained instant popularity all over Europe. Some of her toy designs remained in production for over 50 years.


Construction Horse, 1924. Photo courtesy of Plumeris Magazine.


Wooden dolls, 1924. Photo courtesy of Plumeris Magazine.


Ship Building Game, 1923. Photo courtesy of Plumeris Magazine.


Save the Date! Downtown Modernism Returns May 31st

DTM-New We’re excited to announce the third annual Downtown Modernism market for vintage modern design, coming to Los Angeles on Sunday, May 31st. Collectors, connoisseurs, and treasure hunters will have the chance to peruse countless mid-century, modernist, and vintage relics from Modernica’s hand-picked group of knowledgeable dealers.

In case you haven’t been to Downtown Modernism in years prior, here’s a few photos to remind you why you should save the date! Follow Downtown Modernism on Facebook to stay updated on the big event.

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